The last few weeks of your semester can be stressful. Finals are waiting, dorms need cleaning out, and there’s a scramble to figure out your summer or post-grad plans. Even the most organized students are well-acquainted with stress during this chaotic time. Luckily for you, we’re here to help you manage your burden in your sprint (or leisurely jog, we don’t judge) to the finish line.
“It was late August, just a few days before the start of the school year, and I was waiting in the office of a small charter school. I had recently started a job as a counselor for a college access program and I had an almost-impossible-to-secure afternoon meeting with a high up administrator. Waiting for the meeting to start, I was beginning to feel like I was in over my head.” Read more.
“Are you human? If the answer is yes, then you get stressed out sometimes. Caring for yourself is important because you are valuable. And it is a gift to everyone around you because it helps you become your best self to share with them. Here are some simple ways to take care of yourself when you’re under stress.” Read more.
“I’ve decided to bypass the panic attacks and head toward a path away from all of the chaos. I’ve chosen peace. Yes, you read that correctly. Peace—a word that I’m almost certain has never been associated with graduation up until now. Graduation usually means job stress, student loans, a step away from what’s been comfortable for four years, and the fact that, for most of us, we don’t have a clear vision of what’s going to happen in the days, weeks, and months to follow.” Read more.
“I’m no stranger to burnout. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m the type of person who is prone to losing sight of my personal well-being because of my love for my work as a writer. I love what I do, and I love being productive. Passion and drive have helped me succeed, but at times, it has resulted in an imbalance in my life—too much work and too little rest.” Read more.
“Throughout college, I was addicted to the snooze button on my alarm; I’d press it, slap it, or slam it every morning until it was too late to shower or too late to eat a healthy breakfast. Eventually, I was frantically trying to get to class and then work on time. I convinced myself that these crazy mornings weren’t my fault, I just wasn’t a morning person. The truth is that it was my fault, I lacked both discipline and self-respect. A friend recommended that I try developing a morning routine. I took that advice and discovered that I was less reactive and had enough time to stay on schedule all day long. In time, I actually looked forward to getting up in the morning and nurturing myself before the rest of the day.” Read more.
“While life doesn’t contain a restart shortcut, there are certain things that can help us refresh and recalibrate when we feel sluggish, have trouble completing a task, or are discombobulated in one way or another. Here are a few practices akin to hitting the reset key.” Read more.