Tuesday, August 11, 2015


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 Stress-Free Series Pt. One

Stress is one of those dreadful terms we wish we never had to use, but for some frustrating reason it seems to show up in every other sentence. For young women it's extremely common to deal with an immense amount of stress on a daily basis. The reality is that women sometimes even young girls do not have the proper tools or knowledge to understand and properly deal and manage their stress. This can sometimes trigger strong emotions, which if not properly dealt with can lead to depression and rage.  At such a young age we sometimes are not aware that stress may be causing some of the heavy emotions that were feeling.  As women we want to conquer all, but the fact is we can’t, sometimes we need a little bit of help, guidance or even an extra hand.  Gabrielle and I understand first hand the consequences of not initially dealing with our stress. Throughout the past three years we have struggled with juggling school, relationships, work, blogging and even chronic pain.  It has taken us all three years to start learning how to manage our stress properly and it has been a learning experience for the both of us. We now feel we have the knowledge and understanding to help others, even if it’s just a little bit.  This series will discuss stress management tips, techniques and tools that we each have found to be successful throughout our own personal journey.

Pt. One Acknowledgement

Don't ever be afraid to ask for help, this is the first step to creating a more peaceful and stress-free life. Understanding that needing an extra hand is not a bad thing can change your life immensely.

Write it down, seeing on paper how many daily tasks, events and activities you have to manage is a great way to visualize your stress.  If you think in your head that it's not a lot, or you can do it on your own this step will help solidify the amount of your stress. That fact is, if you have 5 to 10 different sources of stress you will have to create some type of managing technique.  Take it from our experience, being aware of your stress as an issue is better than ignoring it.  Otherwise when you crack you will experience a great amount of physical stress on top of your emotional stress, which will then trigger more mindful stress. We promise this is the best route to go!

Speaking with someone close to you is the next step in acknowledging your stress.  This doesn’t mean you need to make an appointment with a therapist unless that is the route you want to go, I mean just opening up to a friend, family member or mentor, someone you can trust.  Saying it out loud can be a freeing experience, allowing yourself to take the next step and gain control over your situation.  The fact is if you continue to hold your emotions in, and create a wall you will crack.  No one is able to handle multiple things on his or her own. Please understand this!

Gabrielle and I hope that our advice will resonate with other young women, we feel that we have gained a lot of expertise in  this field through our own experiences!  We love you all and stay tuned for pt. two next month!

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