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Staying sane when stress seems never ending

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By Shelby Corliss – Collegiate Contributor

It’s always around this time of year that it seems like my hair starts to fall out even more than usual. I have so much to do, and only 24 hours in a day to do it. I barely sleep, work too much, and have a ton of studying to do. Midterms are happening, it’s getting colder, and time is of the essence. Even though this time of year is stressful, it is important to take care of yourself. Don’t let the worries and stresses of life get you down too much. Dear-Shelby

Balancing everything you need, and want to do, this semester can be a challenge. There will be roadblocks (figuratively and literally), moments when you want to give up, and times when you don’t think you can do it.

Remember to cut yourself some slack. It’s okay to give yourself a break once in a while. Taking time for yourself is crucial to staying sane during a time like this. You’ve been working your butt off, so take a breather, and trust me. You’ll be fine.

Here are some ideas on how to make it through the rest of the semester without going crazy, and maybe you can even enjoy yourself.

Consider getting a gym membership. Working out is a great way to stay healthy, feel good, and look good doing it. If working out isn’t your thing, tanning is still a good option. It’s relaxing, gives you a glow, and makes you forget about the cold for a bit.

Shopping is a must all times of the year, but I find that retail therapy is most helpful when you’re really stressed. Spending a little money at the mall never hurt anyone, did it? Even if you don’t have much money to spend, there are plenty of things to window shop and there are always coupons for your favorite stores. Although appearance isn’t everything, it’s one of the first things people notice about you. If you feel good about your look, you’ll be confident and you just might notice less stress in your life.

Once you buy something that makes you feel better about how stressful life is at the moment, get dressed up and go out. Whether it be with friends, or your significant other.
Make it a point to go out to dinner, the movies, or simply take a walk around downtown.
Spending time with others can help a lot with getting your mind off of everything you have to do.

Sleep is a major stress reliever as well and it’s one that is often over looked. It might not seem like sleep helps with your stress, but that’s probably because you haven’t tried it. It works wonders, I promise. I have learned to love and look forward to naps, and I have no shame.

If for whatever reason, you can’t find the time to rest, you might want to try doing simple yoga, or even meditating for just 20 minutes. It can give you the energy you need to get by without taking too much time out of your busy schedule.

Besides that, nutrition is another important aspect to staying on top things when the stress seems like it’s never ending.
Remembering to eat somewhat healthy and getting enough calories in during the day can really make a difference in the way that you feel.

Feeling good is half of the battle.

There are many things you can do to reduce the stress in your life, and brighten up your days as a tired and over worked college student. Whatever makes you feel good, relaxes you, and takes your mind off of reality for a minute is something I would recommend doing! Whether it’s as simple as taking a bath, buying that overpriced cup of coffee, carving pumpkins (because its fall and who doesn’t love that?), watching Netflix or visiting the animal shelter to play with dogs (that’s my personal favorite), do it.

Do what makes you happy, and everything else will fall into place. College is hard, but it’ll be worth it. Do your homework, study, go to work, get some sleep, and save a little time for yourself to enjoy whatever it is you like to do. Take care of yourself, and everything will be just fine.