Stressing Through Senior Year

It’s senior year of college. I’m stressed to the max. Surprising? Nope.

According to the American Institute of Stress, eight out of ten college students are stressed on a daily basis. I can attest that is pretty accurate.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how stressful college life is. Finding a balance between class time, class work, group projects, work, relationships, a social life, volunteering, club meetings and more. There isn’t enough time in the day to do everything and to put in 100% of my effort into those tasks.

I personally feel like managing stress is important, but how could I possibly have time for that as well? Some people have found solace in yoga or meditation. My roommate is one of those individuals. She takes a yoga class every day and does it at home as well. It works for her. She has the time and it helps ground her. I honestly wish I had that time. When I do have time, I usually find myself in bed watching something on an online streaming source.

I recently ended a relationship that I really wasn’t prepared to end, but it caused me so much stress that I found my “me time” was dwindling away and eventually disappeared. My stress was through the roof and I couldn’t handle it.

I’ve learned that in many ways you have to take care of yourself before you take care of those around you. I’ve always been so caring of others, it took me until my senior year of college to make the realization that I need to take care of me. Stress isn’t healthy and I’ve been described as the “most stressed person I know” from friends and that’s upset me. I don’t want to be stressed. I want to feel alright come next term when I approach the finish line of college.

My class schedule last term was 20 credits with 20 hours of work and probably 10 hours of service group work. I was busy, stressed and worried about the future. This term I’m at 16 credits, but still 20 hours of work and 10 hours of service group work. I’m considerably less stressed this term even though I’m going into week eight of a 10-week term. I’ve found time to relax and support myself.

I’ve found a couple things that work for stressing less in the past couple weeks and I’d like to share them with you, just in case you’re like me and haven’t found anything that works.

  1. Meal prep. I don’t know why I found it soothing but I know it made me feel prepared for the days or even week ahead.
  2. Making a list. To-Do list, shopping list, books I want to read list, movies I want to see list, meal plan list (see number 1).
  3. Writing it all out. Now a blog might not be the best place to put down all your stressful feelings, but finding other things to challenge that through and writing that on a blog or even in a journal has helped me.

I hope someone else finds these helpful.

As always, stay tuned for more.

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