Advice on Handling Stress from the YPM Executive

Staying at home poses a plethora of challenges, and with the content pressure to maintain routine, productivity, and wellness, finding ways to relax and unwind can be challenging. YPM’s cabinet works hard to support one another as a group, offering help and guidance to one another. On an individual level we each have our own techniques for keeping ourselves on track. We wanted to share some of our Executive team’s favourite wellness practices in hopes that they can inspire others.

Our Premier Abigail Pudwill loves to put on jazzy bops and dance to shake off steam. Additionally, she finds that putting together creative outfits, painting and singing always cheer her up. Something Abby does to put her mind at ease while continuing her work is making a to-do list and numbering tasks off in order of priority. Knowing where to start is often half the battle, and so organizing yourself goes a long way.

Getting outside for some fresh air on the daily is a great way to unwind and connect to nature. For YPM’s Deputy Speaker Marie Sutherland, getting outside for a walk is essential. Even if she can only squeeze a short walk into her day, it always helps.

There are many ways to cope with stress, and the simplest ways of calming down barely require any exertion at all. Our Deputy Premier Nina Lam likes to get cozy by making a mug of tea and lighting a candle. Making tea also forces her to get up and out of her seat, which is important after being seated at a desk for hours on end.

It’s important to keep in mind that de-stressing is not a solitary battle: connecting with those around you is a great way to relieve pressure. Getting together with your friends and family over a video-call is a COVID friendly way of de-stressing and staying in touch.

We hope you found these suggestions helpful, and that you take some time out of your day for self-care!

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