Why Stress Can Actually Be A Good Thing
I never thought I’d say that stress could be good but this past week or so I’ve found that it can. Not only have we had a lot of deadlines and the upheaval of them changing but we have had to put together an End of Year Show. End of year! I can’t believe that uni is coming to an end, I’m really going to miss it and the people I’ve spent the past two years with… yet another thing I never thought I’d say. I finished primary, secondary school and college happily and couldn’t wait to go- hell in primary I literally ran out of the school on the last day! But now I’m in the situation of not wanting to leave…I must be getting sentimental in my old age!
Even though the show was possibly the most stressful thing I’ve ever done it has been so worth it! I can’t believe that one of my friends got her tutors to do hers for her because she was off in Madrid at the time…not impressed girl! But anyway once it was finally up it was time to open it up to the public, which was terrifying! Having people walking up and looking at your work & making comments on it while you’re awkwardly stood there listening to them- not fun! I ended up running off and getting a glass of wine and some food (not going to lie the wine helped tremendously). Some of my family came to see it and as they were walking round saying how proud they were of what I’d achieved I realised something; even though it had caused me a lot of stress and sleepless nights, I realised how far I’d come from the person I was before starting uni. That person had no self confidence, was really anti social (now I’m just slightly anti social…) and didn’t really know who she was anymore after a horrendous few years. But seeing my work on the walls, hearing all the positive comments and praise from total strangers and seeing everything I had achieved over the past two years- it was an amazing feeling! I saw how far I’d come and realised that I could go even further if I tried. If I stopped over thinking everything and saying “what if?”
The lesson here- just because something is negative now, doesn’t mean it won’t turn into a positive later.
What I’ve taken from this experience is that if you are going through a stressful period; take a second to stop and reflect on how far you’ve come from where you started. Always remember your end goal and why you are working towards it. If you are feeling overwhelmed try splitting tasks up into little sections to do, rather than viewing it as a whole project. Be kind to yourself. Take a break. Remember to eat regularly and drink lots of water so you don’t become dehydrated. Try and keep away from coffee (really should listen to my own advice here) as it can make you jittery and on edge. Most of all remember, life is for living! Stress can help and motivate us but if it is your constant companion, you might want to stop and reflect on if this is what you really want? If it is then great, but if not it might be time to reconsider what you are doing.
What are your experiences with stress? Do you find it helps or hinders you?