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Work Hard & Be Nice: Fighting Stress in College

October 2, 2017

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The beginning of the school year is finally rolling by. I’m set into a routine and classes are full speed ahead. I wanted to do a blog post to touch on a couple things I feel are really important to keep in mind as midterms creep up as well as a little life update!

Life is busy! I’ve been taking classes as well as working a Public Relations internship, weekend job, taking 17 credits in classes and freelance writing. Boy, is it a lot, but I love every single thing I’m involved in. I feel so thankful I have been given the opportunities and nurturing to thrive from both my university and my parents.

I’ve started freelance writing as a requirement for my Intermediate Writing and Reporting class. I was dreading this class before the semester began and really worried about managing my time. The class requires us to write a new story once a week and try to get it published. We must be published five times. It’s a daunting task, but I’m pulling through and doing much better than I thought I could.

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Hunter is doing very well! If you have been keeping up with me on Instagram, you know he made the ACHA D1 Hockey Team. I am beyond proud. Hunter is really proof that everything happens for a reason. If you’re smart and you work hard, you really can do anything. Seeing him play out on the ice every week makes me so happy! He’s already scored his first goal.

Fall Break is coming up, so there will be plenty of blog posts coming your way about all the fun things we will be doing with our days off.

Y’all… I need this break. I know a lot of college students deal with stress and anxiety, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’ve been dealing with some stress lately. It’s not uncommon. According to a 2015 article by Jan Hoffman in The New York Times, “anxiety has now surpassed depression as the most common mental health diagnosis among college students.”

It’s something that is very hard to cope with. You want to give 100% to everything you do, but it’s difficult to balance everything without giving up the things that keep you sane (sleep, exercise, downtime). I created a little list of things I do when I feel the fear of failure creeping up and anxiety getting the best of me.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

I can rest a little easier if I put my worry in perspective. Everyone in my family is healthy. I can financially afford continuing my education. I have a roof over my head. I have a warm bed. I am immensely lucky and blessed. Something that no bad test grade, stolen wallet, bad day at work or failure can change.

“When you’re worried and you can’t sleep, count your blessings instead of sheep.” – White Christmas (a.k.a the best Christmas movie ever)

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Have a Support System

Telling people what you’re going through can really ease the pain of worry. Having Hunter here has really been a blessing. He is patient and kind when I feel like the world is ending. Calling my mom always helps me too! She is pretty straightforward and reasonable, and I know even when she’s miles away, she’ll do everything she can to take care of me.tumblr_orr3vjeAwj1qgdclno1_540

Know What Calms You

I know, for me, a big hug can make me feel a lot calmer. It’s the same effect of holding a warm cup in your hand. That feeling simulates someone holding your hand. For me, hugs can ease my jittery body and squeeze out that worry.giphy (2)

Re-affirm Your Worth

Sometimes, just talking to yourself can help ease worries. Remember that you’re not perfect. You don’t know everything. One failure does not define you.

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Plan Something for the Future

Something as simple as a girls night or as big as a vacation can give you a motivator. When I get anxious and need a break, I plan my Disney trips. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine to figure out the best restaurants or rides with the shortest wait times. It keeps me distracted and happy. Like a reset button.

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Treat Yo Self

They don’t call it shopping therapy for nothing! Buy new shoes, bake some cookies, watch an episode of New Girl, get a pedicure…

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Get Out

Treat yo self part two. Try a new restaurant, take a class, study at Starbucks, it doesn’t matter what you do just go do something! Taking time away from your room can make you feel was less locked up. That’s something I had a very hard time with when I was living on-campus!

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I hope this list was somewhat helpful to y’all! In the end, blogging is incredibly therapeutic to me. I already feel better organizing my thought and feelings in a platform that makes me happy. I hope you’re taking some time to yourself as well. Remember that self-care is so important! Don’t blow off your responsibilities, but college students need to recognize when they need a break before they’ve hit their breaking point.

Stay tuned because I still have plenty of Disney World content to post as well as Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line trips fast approaching!

Stay happy! 🙂

Anything I missed? Let me know how your life is going and what tips you have for fighting stress and/or anxiety in college below!

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    Natalie Grusling
    October 2, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Work hard and be nice, always! Great post!

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      cathahatha
      October 3, 2017 at 1:04 am

      Thank you so much! I think so too!

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    Leta
    October 3, 2017 at 10:09 am

    This came at just the right time for me! Thank you for your posts if you can do it involved in all of these opportunities we are given and love but also give us stress then I can too!

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      cathahatha
      October 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Leta! It’s tough, but at the same time, I feel so very blessed with all these opportunities. It’s so worth it, but you have to make sure you’re still making time for YOU! As always, your comments mean so much to me 🙂

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    sweetandstrongblog
    October 5, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Totally agree that self care is so important. I love watching shows on Netflix or the DVR or getting a mani/pedi.

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