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February 11, 2013

Getting it Together; a Step by Step Guide on Dealing With Stress

Tea is also an excellent de-stresser. Look into it.

In honor of President Obama’s State of the Union on Tuesday, I would like to give my own quasi-State of the Union Address: I’m trapped in some sort of academic sci-fi time warp. I’ll wake up on Monday, blink, and then all of a sudden, it’s Friday. I’m attributing this phenomenon 100% to the overwhelming amount of homework that I get every week. All four of my classes assign bi-weekly reading that adds up to hundreds and hundreds of pages, and that has to be managed on top of projects, reading analyses and research papers in every class. It’s so overwhelming! What ever is a girl supposed to do?

If you’re in college, you definitely know where I’m coming from. If you aren’t in college yet, don’t have a cow! I’m utilizing this blog post to share with you, my dear readers, how to keep calm and carry on, how to de-stress when your life is a mess, and how to calm down when homework makes you frown. These techniques have become my entire life, and the only things that keep me sane between tedious days of classes and long nights of homework

  1. Don’t panic
    When your overwhelmed, it can be very, very tempting to freak out. While, at the time, this can seem like a good idea, it’s not, I promise. Freaking out creates a vicious cycle of anxiety that gets you absolutely nowhere.
  2. Call your mom
    Moms are mystical creatures who have the solution for everything. I’m pretty sure that when they give birth, they’re given a handbook that has the solution to every problem anyone has ever had. Your mom can not only help you calm down, but she can probably also help you budget your time while telling you what your cats have been up to. If your mom isn’t available, dads work too. Or brothers, or grandparents, or basically anyone who loves you
  3. Have a power playlist
    Music is important. It makes you feel feelings, regardless of what mood you’re in. If you’re feeling stressed and you listen to a Lady Gaga song, there’s no way you can’t be happy. Currently, my playlist cycles between The Hobbit soundtrack (because it makes me feel adventuresome and mighty) and Skrillex’s album Bangarang (because it’s so obnoxious that you just can’t say no). Take dance breaks often. Listen to your power playlist as often as possible. Keep a whimsical and carefree demeanor.
  4. Complain to someone
    I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that complaining about my problems makes everythingbetter. Be careful that you

    Blowing off some steam with Nemo

    don’t spend too much time, whining, though, or you’ll just bog yourself down.

  5. Get outside!
    Take a break from homework and get yourself outside to get some vitamin D. Get your heart rate up. Prance around like the majestic seahorse that you are. Let your freak flag fly (outside). Lucky for you, Snowstorm Nemo gave you the perfect, no excuses opportunity to go outside. There’s so much snow, you can’t just not play on it.

And that’s it, everyone. Staying calm is a whole lot easier than you think it is. Give it a show, and let me know how it goes.

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