I have some good news and bad news to share with you, dear reader. The good news? Congratulations! We have almost made it through the first semester of this college year! Thanksgiving and Winter break are just around the corner! The bad? Perhaps your stress levels are as high as Santa’s sleigh due to the also rapidly approaching finals. It truly is the catch 22 of college; you can’t wait for break, but the quicker you want break to come, the quicker finals are upon you. Yikes. At this stage, if you are anything like me, you are currently stressing about the stress that you are going to have when it comes time for you to stress about the thing you have been thinking of stressing about. Do not fret any longer! There are many different things you can do to help combat your stress, and prepare you for the most wonderful time of the year. Huzzah! Below are some helpful tips I have found or that have been shared among students that have worked to help your stress take a hike.
- Go to Choices!!! Actually, just turn on some music and dance around for a little bit. This helps increase brain stimulation and sends little stress-fighting endorphins all through your body; making you feel more alert and focused. If nothing else, dancing to music like you did when you were 12 years old and Hannah Montana was peaking should make you laugh at least a little bit, and put you in a great mood. Cutting a rug can help you to cut out your stress.
- Call a good friend. Many times, catching up with people in your life who you love can do a soul wonders. Talking to someone in your life who is important to you can help to recharge you, is proven to be very beneficial, and can put you back on track towards relaxation.
- Dear diary…….. The old-fashioned trick that I have been taught is to write down what is stressing me out in a journal. I have found that often times, my problems seem a lot smaller when they are put on paper than when they remain in my mind. Keeping a stress journal can help to provide you with some relief if talking to people about your struggles is not your strong suit.
- Manage your time. Identify what it is you want and need to accomplish, and hold yourself to those. Prioritizing your time can help you to stay on track in completing a task. Make lists of all the things that you must do leading up to finals themselves, and then follow that list like no tomorrow.
- Take things one day at a time, or as my mother says: the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Focus on each step of the journey instead of looking at the mountain in front of you. That mountain may seem absolutely impossible to climb, but anybody can take a single step, and before you know it, you’ll be at the top.
Finally, I really cannot say it any better than it was said on High School Musical: “We are all in this together.” We are all going to feel stressed out, and we all have to deal with finals. So that means there is no reason to feel alone. Stress is normal, but that does not mean it is fun. Hopefully these little tips are able to provide us all with a bit of relief, or at least made you smile. At the end of the day, always remember that YOU GOT THIS! And that I, Abby Karlis, am always free for a Hannah Montana dance party if you are ever looking for a dance buddy.