Stress: The Good, The Bad, and How to Deal

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Face it. Stress is inevitable. You are bound to stress out the minute you wake up and get out of bed.

Lately these weeks have been getting busier and busier, these days have been getting longer and longer, these eyes are growing and tired and this body has become restless. It’s the stress from work that makes you pull your hair, the stress from school that makes you sigh, and just the stress from life that makes you cry.

The Difference between Good Stress and Bad Stress

You have to understand that the good stress motivates you, it makes you get yo ur life together and start working. Without good stress, you can imagine that there wouldn’t be much work done. Sure, there’s an assignment due at midnight and there’s some reading that needs to be done by next class but those are manageable tasks.

The bad stress is something much different. The bad stress makes you want to cry, rip out your hair, and not do work at all. The bad stress makes you feel so overwhelmed that you’re sick to your stomach. It makes you feel like you can’t breathe and you can’t focus.

What I’m trying to say is that there’s a good amount of stress that is beneficial to your daily life. The overwhelming stress can’t and won’t help you at all and stressing to the point of a mental break down won’t get you anywhere.

Remember, stress is inevitable but you do have control over what you stress over and how much you stress about it.

How To Deal

With this, here are some tips and advice to remember from some professional stressed out procrastinators who can relate to your struggles on the super-saiyan spiritual level.

1. It’s not worth it. 

  • The stress and the worry, of course. Continually stressing and worrying won’t help or get anything done. The only thing that it can do is make you more worried and stressed out to the point where you end up crying on the kitchen floor eating the half-tub of freezer burned ice cream.

“Let it go. Just let it go. Finals week and every week is that time where I’m just so stressed out and I feel like I’m not getting anything done. It all just seems so so important but after I realize that it’s not all that important,” said Emily Scates, History sophomore.

2. Stay organized. Stay on top. 

  • It’s understandable that once you get caught up in the moment, it’s difficult to keep organized and keep track of time. But especially in these harder, more difficult times stay organized and keep track of time. It is amazing how much less stressful life is when you can visually see how many tasks you need to do and when to do them by. Your mind gets so boggled down when you think you have so much to do but it’s the simple things like writing those tasks down, that changes things.

“Try to keep on top of your schedule when you know you have upcoming assignments due. It’s easier said than done.” said Sarah Bridger, professor of history at Cal Poly.

3. Make time for yourself. Find motivation.  

  • The importance of finding time of yourself. Yes, this blog emphasizes greatly on time for yourself… but it is important. Finding time to yourself gives you the time to breathe, reflect, and find more motivation. It’s important to get a grip on your emotions and understand that this stress is only temporary.

“A lot of times I feel that I put too much emphasis on the importance or difficulty of something I’m doing.Yes, it’s important to do my best in everything I do, but in the large scope of life,  I believe God’s got everything under control.” said Eric Cuyle, business admin junior.

It’s a cheesy and stupid reminder… but in the end all this stress is temporary. Sure, finals week and midterms week is pretty important. Of course, you should do your very best during this time. But just remember to breathe cause breathing is pretty important.

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Naps for Class

What’s Going On.

The following post ‘Naps for Class’ was inspired by two wonderful articles from TIME and New York Times. The post surrounds the same subject and problem for all college students and I encourage my audience to read their articles, as well.

 

The subject is quite important for people of all ages and different populations, but the subject is supremely important for college students. College students of this generation happen to be one of the most sleep-deprived population, according to Campus Mind Works, and being aware of the importance of sleep for your mental and physical health, as well as your grades can change your college experience for the better.

The Lay Down

 

It’s a common fact that a majority of college students are sleep deprived. No matter what university, what major, or what classes they are taking, a majority of college students are so stressed or “too busy” to find time to rest.

 

But it’s important to find rest. Anywhere and at any time.

 

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Naps with Savannah// Photo by Author

You can chug energy drinks and cups of coffee but the caffeine in them can only do so much to help you get that A. However, a good 20-60 minute nap can give you that rest that your brain needs to refresh itself.

 

Many colleges are realizing this too. A good number of universities are investing in MetroNaps’EnergyPod, these pods come with a timer and relaxing music that allow a student to rest from 20-30 minutes. Universities that can’t afford these luxury pods, invest in silent rooms where students can rest during those long nights.

 

According to a study in TIME, “poor sleep was found to be as powerful as binge drinking, and more powerful than marijuana, in predicting who would have academic problems.”

 

Please rest up. It’s important to get those Zzz’s if you want them A’s.