Don’t be in Distress, Save the Stress

30 Sep

Who’s stressed?

me

That time of year is here! You know, the time where the library is flooded to max capacity with people, the coffee supply is endless, and the possibility of sleep seems almost nonexistent.

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Everything seemed to roll by so well just a few days ago, right? Now you have midterms, a paper to write, intramural sports you’ve committed to, and your weekly club meetings all stacked up one after the other. NOW, you feel stressed.

I’m right there with you. But don’t worry, there are a few things you can do to manage your responsibilities and decrease that stress!

1.MAKE A LIST

A list? Of what?

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Make a list of all of your responsibilities! Writing them out will help you visualize all you need to get done. IN ADDITION to that, write the due dates next to the responsibility, so you know exactly when you need it done by. This will decrease your stress because you won’t forget any assignments or events, and you’ll know when they’re due!

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Bonus points if you start banging out your homework and essays early, because that will minimize A LOT of stress.

2.PRIORITIZE

This seems like a stressful task because how can you prioritize between schoolwork, athletics, rest, and a social life? My top trick is to remember why you are here! Prioritize what is most important and what will affect you the most. You don’t have to go in blind!

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Not doing that paper? That will affect your grade, leading to your GPA; so you should probably get that done.

If you can prioritize all the things you need to get done, you won’t have to be making last minute decisions and stress yourself out.

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3.TAKE A BREAK

Studying is great, don’t get me wrong. But studying for four hours straight while you stress yourself out, cringing over every detail IS NOT.

It is very imperative that you take breaks while you study and do schoolwork. Not resting your mind leads to a tendency to start worrying about every minuscule detail of the material as you are reading it for the fiftieth time in a row.

Go take a decent break! Go for a run, or go to the gym to sweat out the stress!

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4.SET ALARMS

Having difficulty with time managing all of the responsibilities on your plate?

Don’t worry, just set alarms! If you have to study for an exam, set an alarm for an hour, and when the alarm rings, it’s your cue to take a break!

Need to be at a meeting at 5:00 pm? Set an alarm to 4:40 pm so you can get ready and leave in time!

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5.BREATHE

This is not the end. You can survive. You can make it to the end.

I know, a cheesy pep-talk isn’t going to help, but in all honesty, if you believe in yourself, you have more motivation to plow through the weeks to come, to give it your all, and to do so with minimum stress.

Just BREATHE. Inhale. Exhale.

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Maybe not that angry of a breath, but, y’know

Alright, guys. This week has just started, but I know you can do this, and I know I can too.

Don’t let stress overwhelm you. Knock out stress and focus on you and what you need to get done.

We can do this.

faith

-Lils

 

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