6 Ways to Manage Stress and Feeling Overwhelmed

21 May

We’ve all felt like this before

Normally I’m a pretty chill and laid back dude but this year, especially in the fall, I experienced more stress than I ever had in my life. Not just from the rigors of playing in a lot of golf tournaments but also from school and everything else I had going on. It was overwhelming at times. The spring season was a walk in the park compared to the fall because I learned how to deal with this stress. I’m not going to lie the tournaments are still very intense and stressful but I learned how to manage it a lot better.

Here are some tips that really helped me when I was feeling stressed and overwhelmed:

1. Find an activity or hobby that helps you take your mind off of everything else. My suggestion, find a good book!

Early this spring I was getting really down on myself because I was playing so poorly. I think it was because I was thinking about the tournament non-stop while we were on the road. I would build it up so much in my mind and I wanted to play well so badly that I would psych myself out. Well right about the same time The Hunger Games movie came out we had a tournament down in Louisiana. I decided to read the first Hunger Games book on the trip even though I had read like one other book in the last year. I read it the whole flight down there and every night after we played our tournament rounds. I finished the book on the trip and I ended up having my best tournament of the spring that week. I got lost in the book and as a result I wasn’t as stressed out about the tournament. I still haven’t seen the movie yet though….

2. Remind yourself how lucky you are.

I have really realized over the last year how lucky I am to go to such an amazing university like the University of Michigan and also play golf here. There are thousands of kids who would give anything to come to such a great university. When I don’t have the motivation to study or practice I try to remind myself how many other kids would love to be in my position.

3. Find a study buddy or someone you can vent to

For me it’s always good to talk to someone when you’re feeling stressed because in reality it’s all going work out, it always does. Luckily, I have a great coach, mom, and girlfriend who I could talk to when things got crazy. It’s just always nice to hear reassurance from other people.

4. Take a deep breath and chill!

Sometimes when I’m on the course and playing terrible, I just take a deep breathe and take in my surroundings. I tell myself it’s just a game and in the end how I play one round doesn’t matter at all. When you’re freaking out about an exam or something just take a deep breath and realize it’s all good!

5. Make a schedule

I’ve already talked about this but I can’t stress (pun intended) how important it is to manage your time, especially when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

6. Have a drink for Pete’s sake!

After a long day nothing tastes and eases the tension better than a cold beer or nice glass of wine.


Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


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6 responses to “6 Ways to Manage Stress and Feeling Overwhelmed

  1. simply1ofbillions

    May 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Thanks for this post! This past weekend I’ve been very stressed, so these come at a good time for me. I especially like #2 and #4… I feel like these are the two I often miss the most. For myself, a good long walk also helps calm me down, and writing things out in a journal can help not only get jumbled emotions and thoughts down on paper but can also provide clarity! Just to share my own experiences. 🙂

  2. julialix

    May 22, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I like the layout of your blog! This post specifically was informative and I enjoyed the list structure. Two things that I noticed the post could possibly benefit from: a quick grammar check-through and more links. It would have been really nice to have hyperlinked in parts where it could be applicable and interesting. An example of a part that a link would have added a nice touch is when you mention Hunger Games. Thanks for the post, I really enjoyed the caption under the photograph.

    • malessi12

      May 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks for the tip! I totally forgot about using links so I’ll be sure to use some in future posts.

  3. jaamanda

    May 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I really like this post! First of all, everything is so true and second of all, I really like the ‘top 6’ format! It definitely makes your points easily accessible. My favorite tip is #2…we take so much for granted everyday and taking a step back and reflecting on everything we have to be thankful for can really put our anxiety into perspective. Awesome post!

  4. jmaxmiller

    May 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Nice post. I really agree with the reading…and the drinking. I actually discovered the same thing about reading this year – and I’ve been addicted ever since. I was never really a huge reader before but something just clicked for me recently. And yeah, sometimes you just gotta get drunk.

  5. dannyatmichigan

    May 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I feel much better after trying some of the suggestions above, especially when I have two exams this week. Take a deep breath and chill! is such a good advice. I saw too many people panicing before exams and they could help them a lot.


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