By: Lorène Belotti, Guest Blogger
Some weeks ago, I was a little bit fed up by my daily routine which, for several months, has consisted of looking for job ads and sending resumes and cover letters. In addition, I was upset for personal reasons. Not a big deal, but as I’m super emotional, it took a toll on me.
When I feel bad like this, I can’t prevent myself from brooding about the thing that bothers me– all day long. Even when I'm busy, I catch myself thinking about it. There’s no rational reason but my emotions become bigger than me.
So I decided to force myself to step back and try to regain control over my feelings. Easier said than done. I decided to have a small day trip. I called a friend and asked her if she wanted to join me to travel to Avignon where a great theatre festival was going on. She accepted.
This small trip (2 hours from home) changed my point of view and made me realize how breaking my routine can be saving and healthy. One day, a friend who is a therapist explained to me that changing your daily landmarks and all kinds of environmental references can really help you to break the cycle of anxiety and stress.
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I couldn’t imagine how powerful it really was until I was in Avignon. I enjoyed the summertime and friendly environment with artists everywhere, I watched a great comic duet show, and nothing seemed so serious anymore. The annoyance was gone. I did a little test by thinking of what made me upset, but I couldn’t feel the anger.
I was in a different and foreign city with people I didn’t know and it was enough to change my whole vision of my problems. It helped me to put them into the small box to which they belong, instead of the big one I put them into. I had more perspective. It reduced my nervousness to the rational and normal size it should have been in the first place. I came back to calmness in my head and simply enjoyed my day.
Changing your air even for a few hours will change your angle and as a consequence, your point of view.
When you feel bad, you often have a tendency to withdraw into yourself; you don’t want to go out, you don’t want to see people, only thinking about it is stressful. In reality, it’s at this precise moment you need to be stronger than your bad feelings and step out.
Changing your air even for a few hours will change your angle and as a consequence, your point of view. It will freshen you up, open your eyes, and help you see things how they really are instead of how you feel they are. You’ll come back stronger, appeased, and rested with more enthusiasm than you could ever imagine.
Girls, don’t be afraid of breaking your routine and inviting distraction in your life, especially when you feel uncomfortable. It will bring you more answer than you expect.
How do you break the cycle of stress? Tell us below!
Lorene is a French observer and learner of life. She’s been working as a salesperson and a marketing assistant for four years to learn the ropes of the business world. She used to be a sports journalist while doing her Master’s degree and she loves writing and telling stories about great people too much not to go back to her first love soon. She lives in the French Alps, and loves to try to solve the world’s problems while having a great meal with her loved ones. She is passionate about foreign languages, self-development books, American TV shows, and people. Oh, and she’s a total nerd of Academic studies (when she’ll win the lottery, she’ll go to Harvard).
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