Hi, my name is Arizona and I work with all the great clinicians at Drop of Life Psychology Clinic and here’s my little take on stress for Stress Down Day (24th of July). I will admit, I experienced stress while completing my degree but nothing seemed to compare to the stress I felt upon graduating and the actual completion of my degree. You’re probably wondering why and to be honest I was as well and it wasn’t until much later, when I looked back, that I even realised myself. As soon as I had lost my identity as a student I thought “who am I now” and to make it worse the constant questions of “what are you going to do now” made me feel lost. It wasn’t until a wise book (The Easy Guide to Unbreakable Relationships for Self, Lovers and Others by Natalie Turvey) once reminded me what I valued about myself and brought me back to those values.

IDENTIFYING VALUES (short form):

Step 1: Identify what you hope and wish others will say about you, think of absolutely everything you hope they would say

                For example- “Arizona is caring and loves to help others”

Step 2:  Rank those qualities in order of importance to you. Do some of them not serve you well? Are there some you can move away from?

Step 3: Look at the list, identify any qualities you haven’t been displaying lately and take action. What can you do right now to bring you closer to these values?

In the chaos of university you grow, evolve and it’s definitely a period of change and I think once it’s all over you struggle to identify yourself and nobody really prepares you for that. I am no longer a student but that’s not all I valued. Turns out I valued so much more than I had given myself credit for and once I had realised what I valued and became a little bit more confident which in turn helped me get a job that brings me even closer to what I value every day.

I hope this blog makes you value more of what is important to you and even who you are as a person because you are important, to more people than you could probably even realise.

With all my warmest wishes, Arizona

If you would like to receive more information about The Easy Guide to Unbreakable Relationships for Self, Lovers and Others by Natalie Turvey it is available for purchase on Amazon- https://www.amazon.com.au/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=easy+guide+to+unbreakable+relationships