Stressed? Namaste’ Calm: How to Stay Sane Amidst College-Level Insanity
What to a college student is peace of mind? Unattainable, it seems! On top of maintaining grades, actually making it to work, and forming some semblance of a social life, there never seems to be a moment to slow down. No rest means high stress, for most. And with more than a few studies backing up just how detrimental it can be to stress out, it’s important to take some time out for good ole’ self-love. With that in mind, here are a few ways to keep anxiety at bay for another day.
1) Write It Out
I have journals and notebooks, sticky notes and legal pads, and countless other stationary scattered all around my room. Whenever I have a random thought, or my mind is feeling a bit cluttered, I always make note to jot it down. By writing it down and creating a visual of what needs to be done, you create a tangible way to vent about what might be keeping you on edge. And the great thing about a journal is you can come read your entries at a later date for self-reflection. Or second-hand embarrassment. We’ve all been there.
2) Work It Out!
The hardest part about going to the gym is getting to the gym. Trust me, I know. We all have the best intentions to get up at 6AM sharp, hit the weights and go about our day feeling invincible. But reality is usually another morning of hitting the snooze button 50 times and not even making it to 8AM Algebra. However, working out has been found to increase the release of endorphins, which are basically feel-good hormones, putting your body on a natural high. Not to mention the physical benefit of working out—a snatched body! Seriously, get up and go to the gym.
Ahh, yes. Inhale and exhale. When most people think of meditation, it is probably the extreme instances where a super-woke old man is draped in ornamental cloth and nearly floating above the ground. It’s not that deep. It’s as simple as taking a moment to close your eyes, and focusing on your breathing so as to not think about the situations that are causing you stress. And you can meditate almost anywhere! Granted, ideally the space is distraction free. But there is nothing wrong with taking time perhaps during a class grace-period and clearing your mind before you continue about your day.
4) Just Do It
The thing about procrastination is that it’s benefits are short lived. Yes, you might be able to push off your responsibilities in lieu of more sleep or another Netflix sesh. But without fail, waiting until the last minute only causes more anxiety in the end! While it might not be ideal to excuse yourself from Thirsty Thursday’s to finish your upcoming term paper, it surely beats pulling an all-nighter, which is also extremely detrimental to productivity. And once it’s finished, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing you have no obligations hanging over your head!
5) Talk About It
And I mean actually TALK! Put your phone down and go see your girlfriend to vent about life’s discrepancies. Don’t email your professor, instead, visit their office and discuss how you’re coming along in their class. Modern day technology has essentially removed the beauty of face-to-face communication. However, it is invaluable to share with another human who can empathize with your problems and be a shoulder to lean on. But if your anxiety is truly something you feel is interfering with your everyday well-being, it is imperative that you visit a professional who can discuss the best way to overcome the issue.
Although the methods discussed in the article were holistic, and the tone was generally light-hearted, it is important to note that mental illness is a real disease. If at any point it feels as if stress and anxiety are becoming overbearing or even life-threatening ailments, help is available and necessary. There is no shame in finding what works best to live to your fullest potential.