that time of year where students overcrowd the library, spend all their money
on caffeinated drinks, and wear sweatpants everywhere. It’s the end of the
semester and everyone’s stressed.
I stressed?” asked senior English education major Kristin Miller, “because my
professors don’t seem to think I should have a life outside of school.”
a common problem among many students in the last few weeks of the semester.
Junior communication major Monica Lenius echoed the sentiment.
stressed because my professors piled on homework all at the same time,” Lenius
however, is just one stress factor for students.
I’m not stressing about school, I’m panicking about how to pay the rent,”
have figured out many ways to cope with stress through their years at the
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
for jogs,” Lenius said. “It gets rid of a lot of nervous energy that I usually
build up when I’m stressed.”
is the body’s response to a perceived threat to our physical, emotional, or
spiritual well-being. Without those perceived threats we create, situations
aren’t recognized as stressful, so it’s important to keep a positive attitude
in order to minimize the amount of negative stress in our lives.
said than done, right? After a long day of exams, homework you can’t make
sense of, and roommates getting on your last nerve, it seems impossible to stay
optimistic knowing it will just start all over and repeat again tomorrow.
students find it helpful to watch movies or television with happy characters to
raise their spirits.
been obsessively watching TLC wedding… It’s nice to know that someone else out
there is happy,” Miller said.
For freshmen, this is their first experience
with finals week and many do not have strategies built up for how to survive
this time of year.
Besides the typical
techniques of coping with stress such as attending yoga classes, going for
jogs, and deep breathing, there are also more practical techniques that fit
into our busy, college schedules.
expectations. Negativity and always expecting the worse will most often get
less than the best. What you expect often comes to you.
Get rid of irrational beliefs. You
don’t need to have complete support of every person you pass throughout a day
to validate your self-worth. Acknowledge your hard work and reward yourself
when you have done your best, even if your grades don’t always match. A sense
of serenity comes with self-acceptance and will benefit you during these
seemingly never-ending days of stress.
Consciously create images of success,
healing, or relaxation. Visualizing positive scenarios repairs the body and
rids our brain from its pessimistic outlook during a stressful week. Repeated
exposure to a setting that is happy, peaceful, and calm provides a profound
sense of relaxation.
“I would suggest getting plenty of
sleep and getting a comfy pair of sweatpants,” Miller said. “I would also
suggest this website: http://written kitten.net/ because there is no greater
motivator than pictures of kittens.”
When it comes down to it, what helps
you manage your stress depends on what fits your lifestyle and your
personality. Just because your friends go to yoga doesn’t necessarily mean it
will work for you, too.
Amongst the chaos of school, finances,
and everything else that is causing stress in your life, remember, this too