This November the EMA team have been talking about stress. This blog is part 2 to how some of the EMA team deal with stress. Just like in part 1, no two team members do the exact same thing to destress. Within each bit of advice will be the team members name, if you would like to read more about any of the team members, feel free to head over to the ‘about us’ section on our website and scroll down to ‘meet the team’.
Does anyone else feel stressed when things are unorganised? That’s how James feels! He explained that one of his personal coping mechanisms for dealing with stress is to have a clear e-mail inbox. For him, having all e-mails actioned and moved into a completed folder, in addition to all notifications being read, feels great. Maybe that’s the answer – clear inbox, clear mind – who knew??
James did also share that he finds training at the gym beneficial as this gives an outlet to any stress and frustration – “the punch bag in particular!” – James
A lot of people turn to exercise to rid themselves of stress, but even the idea of a full workout can be overwhelming to think about. Hollie shared that during a time when she was feeling really bogged down with stress, she found that getting into a daily routine of going for a morning walk really helped. “I got myself in a routine of getting up an hour earlier every morning and taking myself to Shipley Park for a walk (no technology) which allowed me to think about my priorities for the day and massively helped me clear my mind.” – Hollie
No technology seems like a big task in today’s society and isn’t everyone’s answer to no stress. For Michael, he deals with stress by doing something that he knows will relax him; he shared that this could be something as simple as watching TV for 10 minutes or playing a video game. Michael finds that when he takes those 10 minutes, he has a different and more positive outlook on the situation. “Taking a step back from a stressful situation can allow you to return with a better approach.” – Michael.
A common answer for many people is to remove yourself from the situation. For Jess, she clarified that a change of scenery does is the answer. This can just be leaving the room for a bit and trying to leave whatever is causing that stress in that room also. It can help to think of stress as a physical thing that you don’t have to always carry with you, it’s not something that controls you, just something that you can and will overcome.
It’s important to recognise that it’s okay to feel upset when stressed, take the time to understand how you’re feeling. “There’s no shame in a good cry and talking to someone – you should never feel alone when going through a difficult time.” - Jess
Whatever it is that is pulling you down, we hope that one of the stories/ bits of advice above has helped. EMA will always put mental health on a pedestal, we want to make it clear that our team care about how our learners and other team members are doing and will always be around to help where we can.