Bottled Up?! Here is a Fun Way to Manage Stress!

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Happy Friday Soul Hustlers! As promised here is one of the coping techniques we talked about on the last episode of our podcast. It helps those of you who are possibly stressed out or suppress a lot of your emotions. Also, if you didn’t hear the stress management episode click the link above!

The first thing I’m going to talk about is getting a jar and putting it somewhere where you see it every day. Then you’re going to write your emotions down. So say you’re stressed because your car didn’t start or mad because you forgot your wallet. You are going to put anything that is stressing you out, or that is being an emotional trigger in that jar! What happens is we tend to just push this stress in the back of our minds until it builds completely up and we’re all bottled up and then we explode. What if you can track your stress in real-time? That is what the purpose of this practice is. It helps bring emotions to the floor light. Then as you write down every day what’s heavy on your shoulders. You’re gonna start feeling lighter as you release this, but then you’re also going to be able to monitor and manage your stress levels!

How Do You Learn?

When trying to find coping techniques and ways to help relieve stress you need to know how you learn, and what works best for you. In knowing this you are able to help yourself even more! Here are the different learning styles and what they mean. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I will be inserting information from an AMAZING article I’ve used for a while now.

Visual Learners

visual learner

Visual learners understand and remember things by seeing. As a visual learner, you prefer to SEE what you are learning and you retain information best when visual objects like graphs, charts or pictures are used.

Visual learners read body language well and have a keen eye for esthetics. Visual learners often have difficulty with spoken directions and  can be easily distracted by sounds. Tips for visual learners include:

  • Try to visualize verbal instructions or things that are being read to you.
  • Write down keywords, ideas, or instructions for better retention.
  • Use flashcards to reinforce lessons, concepts, and new words.
  • Draw pictures to help explain new concepts and then explain the pictures.
  • Color code to group similar ideas together and underscore important concepts.

Auditory Learners

Auditory learner

Auditory learners retain information through hearingand listening. As a auditory learner you prefer to HEAR what you are learning and your brain stores information by the way it sounds. Lessons are learned by listening and repeating notes back out loud.

Auditory learners are often talented musicians and benefit greatly from using a word association techniques. Although sometimes slower readers, auditory learners usually possess incredible memories. When bored auditory learners have a tendency to hum or talk to themselves or others. Tips for auditory learners include:

  • Study in groups so that you may talk out loud and explain your ideas to other individuals.
  • Use flashcards and read them out loud to reinforce lessons, concepts and new words.
  • Record yourself spelling words and then listen to the recording.
  • Ask questions and engage in conversational discussion to learn new the material.
  • Record lectures and lessons in order to play back and listen multiple times as a study technique.

Kinesthetic Learners

Kinesthetic learner

Kinesthetic learners retain information best by doing, not just by reading, seeing, or hearing. Learning is best when it is HANDS-ON or involves physical activity. Lessons are best learned through touching, building, moving, or drawing rather than lectures and reading.

Kinesthetic learners are usually  strong in math and science and would rather show someone how to do something rather than verbally explain it.  Usually well coordinated and athletic kinesthetic learners often speak with their hands and appreciate physically expressed forms of encouragement, such as a pat on the back.

  • Study in groups and incorporate in activities that involve building, drawing or acting out.
  • To reinforce new material learned, try teaching it to your friends or family.
  • For better concentration, try chewing gum, walking around, or rock in a chair while reading or studying.
  • Use flashcards and arrange them in groups to help demonstrate relationships between ideas.
  • Take frequent breaks by getting up and stretching and walking around  to help get your circulation flowing.

Understanding how you learn will enable you to do more of what works for you and  propel you to reach your goals. Just like education, learning does not come with a one size fits all solution. As diverse individuals, students need to pinpoint the best fitting approach to online learning styles and habits to maximize their potential.  If you felt as if you fell short with your education in grade school, you may discover that you were never catering to your unique learning habits.

Seeking a higher education requires a student to retain information better than they ever have before. Your learning style is unique and an important discovery that will lead you down the road to success as an online student.

Don’t Be Sorry for Being Human

The reason I love the bottled up jar is that a lot of the time we get so caught up in our life that we forget that we are humans! We forget that we have emotions. We forget that we are supposed to accept ourselves and feel how we feel. This bottle that you see every day will remind you to humanize and accept yourself where you’re at. If your jar has been built up to the top and it’s only been three days, I suggest you take that as a warning! Dig deep and see what you need to do. Start with mindfulness training, exercise, or talk to some loved ones, but burn out is not what you want!

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