If the pressure seems to be mounting, a few thoughts on trying to give yourself some space — and feel free to make your own.
Hello and welcome to Mental Health & Wellbeing Matters. This is our little part of the Film Stories site that we’re talking about – as you might have guessed! – mental health and well-being.
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In this week? Aside from the scorching heat, we only talk about pressure. Not a lot of the stuff, but a slow drip. The constant feeling that you have to do something, that people expect something of you, and that if you don’t do something, everything will go wrong. It’s often associated with some level of anxiety in this case, but either way it’s more of an enemy of sleep, of relaxation, of just unwinding.
First, we should acknowledge that some people are really good at handling pressure. They enjoy it, it gets them from A to B, and if that works for you, fair enough. This article will bring even less benefit than usual!
But if you’re one of those people who doesn’t necessarily thrive on the pressure but find themselves in its crosshairs, just a few ideas to lighten the load, even if it’s a bit.
Do you put yourself under a little pressure? Do you set an ideal that is impossible to achieve? If so, try to refrain from it if you can. Perfection is an impossible goal, as frustrating as that may be. Striving for it can be exhausting. Or is it others? Are you asking for things you just can’t do? Try to say no every now and then as best you can.
can you unload stuff
A lot of pressure, both from home and work, comes from a to-do list. There’s something about the thought that it’s busy people who are drawn to being asked for a favor or an extra job, because whoever asks knows it’s more likely to get done. Whenever possible, try saying, “I’m going to have a hard time fitting this” or “I’m a bit overwhelmed at the moment.” And if so, is there anyone you can ask for help? Or can you extend a deadline? Anything to stop the relentlessness of things.
Book a break and tell people when it is
A vacation, to be clear in these times of pressure on the cost of living, doesn’t have to be a luxury cruise around the world. A holiday can be locked in your room for four days Fourteen days. But it’s about setting a limit. To tell people you’re taking a break. Turn off work notifications. It’s more difficult with family, of course, but it’s worth it for work.
Talk to friends and family
Acknowledging that we all have different circumstances, and it’s not always easy, finding someone who can project what’s going on in your head can be a real help. Again, it doesn’t work for everyone, and it comes down to finding someone you trust. But if you can, a little relief can do wonders.
Find your drain valve
Finally what is this she like to do? what makes you happy Can you balance all the pressure you put on everyone else by indulging in the occasional treat? Maybe exercise or watch music or something that makes you scream and scream without people alerting the authorities. Find something and do your best to enjoy it.
As always, further suggestions are welcome. Everyone take care and this column will be back next week…
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