In a city that never sleeps, I often find myself wishing I could sleep some more. Sometimes, it seems impossible to maintain balance in life. I am starting to discover that balance doesn’t exist; it has to be created. It’s up to you to moderate your life.

It’s important to know what is enough for you. How much sleep you need, how long you can stay at work, and how much time you need to dedicate to maintaining your personal relationships (that’s a tough one!) is all specific to you. No other person can identify how you should manage your time to restore your inner calmness in the storm.

Although I graduated from college a few years ago, I often feel like the realities of adulthood are just setting in. I wake up early fo work, and I wake up early on the weekends because my body is so used to being awake anyway. The days of sleeping until noon while the sun is shining brightly through the windows may be behind me. 

In addition, there are no more club meetings within walking distance of my apartment where I can grab a free dinner. Who didn’t attend all those general body meetings for the free food? I know I did! Eating requires planning. Whether I’m planning financially because I’m eating out or planning meals because I decided to cook an stay in, nourishing myself is an all out affair. 

Whenever I have a busy few weeks, I start to feel myself getting stressed. From work to errands to self-care, I find myself begging the universe for 30 hour days. Below is what I do to manage stress during hectic times.

1. Take a yoga class

I absolutely love practicing yoga. I have naturally tight hip flexors, so yoga allows me to work through my muscle stiffness and increase my flexibility. I also feel so rejuvenated after class. I usually go to yoga once a week. When I’m feeling stressed, I schedule extra classes. Even if I have to go late at night or early in the morning, it’s always worth it because I feel much more peaceful and centered afterward.

2. Eat and Drink

When I get stressed, I have a horrible tendency to drink more coffee, drink less water, and skip meals. This is the exact opposite of what you want to do! Stay hydrated. Stay fueled. Food and water will give you the energy you may already be lacking. 

3. Know When to Say No

When it comes to your wellbeing, be a savage! Know when you need personal time to reflect and breathe. Unless your favorite celebrity is waiting to propose to you outside with a Cartier ring, it is ok to put on your sweatpants, tie your hair, and chill with no makeup on. It’s ok to stay in once in a while. Never apologize for needing time to yourself. You’ll feel even more ready to address the chaos of everyday life after a well-deserved break.

4. Remember that everything passes in time

Whether you’re in the midst of a stressful week, month, or year, remind yourself that nothing is forever. You will get past these intense periods.

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