Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Feeling Stressed? Good! But Stay Calm

Stress is a necessary evil.  While we don't want to walk around feeling stressed all the time, it does help get successful results.

We want to be in the middle of that bell curve when stress leads to increased attention and interest, but right before it causes strong anxiety.

As you climb toward optimal performance, you have to stay calm because once you lose your cool, well, that can quickly lead to a "complete meltdown."  So what do successful people do to stay cool?

Travis Bradberry over at Forbes.com offers us some insight about how successful people stay calm.

Appreciate what you have. "Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for isn't merely the 'right' thing to do. It also improves your mood, because it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%." Remember, 99 percent of the world's population, alive or dead, would love to be a college student in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Avoid asking what if? "Calm people know that asking “what if? will only take them to a place they don’t want—or need—to go." At least wait until after you've taken your last final - for now just study.

Stay positive. "Positive thoughts help make stress intermittent by focusing your brain’s attention onto something that is completely stress-free." What are you going to do after finals? Going on a vacation, going home?

Disconnect. "Forcing yourself offline and even—gulp!—turning off your phone gives your body a break from a constant source of stress. Studies have shown that something as simple as an email break can lower stress levels. Technology enables constant communication and the expectation that you should be available 24/7." Turn the phone off - I mean power it down - and then go for a walk while looking at nature, not your cell phone screen. Remember, the best studying is done in 30-minute stretches surrounded by small breaks.

Limit your caffeine intake. Yikes! This would be tough. How about no caffeine after 2:00 p.m., so you can . . .

Sleep. Studies have shown that adolescents (and some of you are not far from adolescence) need as much sleep as toddlers. Your bodies and brains are changing so fast that your body needs time to recharge. No studying until 3:00 a.m. - try studying some every day.

Squash negative talk. Especially interior negative talk. This is a bad habit some of us fall into. So take a gossip break, no badmouthing others, no badmouthing yourself. It just leads to a negative attitude.

Breathe. Yes, take a deep breath instead of destroying your computer after you hit delete instead of save. BTW as soon as you open a new document save it, and then save it often.

Use your support system. You should have quite a support system by now. If you can't remember the assignment, there's an email tool inside all your class websites. Use it.

I bet there are a lot of successful college students out there. What do you do to stay calm in the face of stress?

109 comments:

  1. I'm a calm and relaxed person; I want to say that I never stressed, but I've had some situations that made me think and worry, so technically I have "stressed" about things. But if those little things don't count, then I could say that I've never stressed, and people that know me knows I've never too. Most of my stress-free life has a lot to do with being optimistic, even in school. For example, instead of stressing about a mid-term that's coming up, I just think about how their isn't going to be homework assigned after the day of the mid-term. If I have to write a big essay, I just think about how there are no other essays due for a while. Generally, to stay stress-free, I just think about rewards that come with my actions. And even if consequences come with my actions instead of rewards, I just try to accept those mistakes instead of "wallowing" so I can move on and fix them in the future.

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  2. I would have to say I stress ! I am getting a lot better at not stressing and I have come a long way. When I saw with my own eyes how a relative has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, it made me realize how stress is unhealthy for the human being. It can affect your whole life if you let it consume you. I was at work one day and I told one of my coworker, who's a massage therapist, that I had so much tension in my shoulders and she told me it was stress. I mean my shoulders and neck was hard and she told me to massage it out and do a hot green tea treatment. I still haven't done the hot green tea treatment, but it sounds relaxing. This is suppose to smoothen out the tension and relieve stress. That changed my whole way of thinking when it comes to stressful events. There are going to be many obstacles in life and as a college student, it just prepares me for what's to come. Stressing is to much work and I rather be happy then stress. I've found a way to just calm down and breathe when something bothers me.

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  3. What I do to stay calm in the face of stress? I tend to think about the situation I'm in and think about how it could be worse. I think about how blessed I am and that I just need to stay positive. Another thing I do to remain calm is to take three deep breaths and in those three deep and slow breaths I think about the next decision I'm going to step towards and see if it will either help or hurt me. I've told many of my friends who are stressed out or have a problem and I tell them it could be worse and they definitely do agree with me and tell me that, that's true and they reevaluate their problem in a different manner.

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  4. When I feel stressed I tend to go outside and do something. And I say something because I can pretty much do anything if im inside I get stressed out easily and I feel uncomfortable. But when im outside I always feel relaxed. so when im stressed out about college or anything else I just go outside and I try to work on a project not having to deal with school or work or any thing else

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  5. Since I have been in high school i have noticed that stressing is inevitable. Its something that naturally happens to everyone but I have also learned that it matters more how you respond to it and that can make all the difference. When I first start stressing off a situation I start panicking and start to shut down altogether. But after a while I have to stop,.breathe, and think of a plan i can use to make this situation go more smoothly, after that I notice myself calm down a bit. I also love to laugh and i tend to surround myself with those who i think are funny.

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  6. I’ve dealt with stress every day since my junior year in high school. I’ve been able to contain it and keep my stress levels to a minimum, but once I came to college and my work load got larger, my stress levels increased drastically. When I was in high school, working out and playing sports is what helped prevent anxiety attacks when I got overly stressed out. However, now that I don’t always have the time to be able to work out for two hours every day, I found other alternatives to stay calm. I agree with this article that I’ve limited my caffeine intake to a complete zero! I also turn off my phone or put it on airplane mode when I need to study for an exam. When I study, I study for forty five minutes and then take a fifteen minute break by walking around my room. There are days where I lose my cool and simply panic about everything in my life and think about all the possible negative scenarios that can happen in that instant, but I have to remind myself to stop, breathe and then re-enter the situation with a clear head.

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  7. This article was very interesting to me. I understand what it is like to be stressed at that first "bored" level, but I have also been so stressed that I am on the verge of an anxiety attack. I try not to let myself get to that point- although sometimes it is out of my control. To limit stress in my life, I try my best to prioritize. To me, this means that school and work come first, and then I can focus on my social life. Also, I try to make lists whenever I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed. The physical part of me crossing things off of my to do list relieves instant stress. Another huge way to get rid of as much stress as possible is not waiting until the last minute. I have found that the longer I wait to do an assignment, the more stressed out I will be. The more stressed I get, the less likely I am to do well on an assignment. Like I said before, this is bound to happen. After all, we as college students are learning how to prioritize and we may fail again and again as we learn, but eventually, we will in fact learn.

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  8. This article could not be more perfect for my life right now - I am taking the law school admissions test next week so I am definitely feeling the stress! The article provided a lot of good suggestions for reducing stress but for me, I have learned that the biggest thing is staying positive while studying. It's all about your mindset - if you tell yourself that you should be stressed, it will make you more stressed! It's definitely a lot easier said than done but keeping a positive mind while studying really does lead to better performance. It was interesting to see how some stress is actually good for you because it keeps you focused, this is something I have never thought about but it does make sense. I guess it's all about the way you handle it – this article showed that like most other things in life, stress is only good in moderation.

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  9. When I stress out because of too much homework or because of a final coming up I tend to just take deep breaths and just figure out which things are more important and spend a little time each day to study for a final. I tend to do the easier assignments last so I can get the longer assignments over with and I take breaks every now and then. I would have to say taking breaks to get your mind off things really helps out because when I begin to work again I am more focused and I can think a lot better. I don’t really tend to stress out that often but when I do I always figure out a way to overcome it and get my work done by the deadline.

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  10. There are a lot of ways that keep me calm during stressful situations. Surprisingly, I like to play basketball or do some kind of physical activity to keep me calm. Another way to keep me calm is just to relax and think about the positives. I just find it unnecessary to dwell on things when they are already stressful enough. This makes things worse and leads to more stress in your life. Whether its surrounding myself with positive people or just doing something I enjoy, I try not to dwell too much on things that already stress me out. Other things like playing video games to release stress always works for me. Lastly, food always works. Whenever I feel stressed I just treat myself out for food that makes me feel better. So clearly, there are many different ways for people to stay calm during stressful times.

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  11. This article basically sums up the entire Spring Quarter for me this year. I have been stressing since the second or third week of this quarter. I have to admit I have had my fair share of meltdowns because I feel like it was one stressful situation after another. But, I have finally been able to take a step and really look at each situation and realize that everything happens for a reason. When my stress level was at its highest I was doing everything with great attention to detail, but in the end if it all was too much to handle I would have a meltdown. In the face of stress I can deal with it normally by going to the gym and not coming out for 3 hours. I would just sweat the stress away. With this article it pointed out many great tips that I will implement the next time I am feeling stressed out.

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  12. With finals week rapidly approaching, I am definitely stressed out. There is so much on my mind with all of the things that will be due. I tend to start thinking negatively and forget that I am in a position that many would love to be in. Negative attitude really makes the situation a lot worse than it really is. Negativity really affects my mood and most importantly my performance. It becomes harder to focus on what I need to get done. Sometimes I just forget to relax and breathe. Optimism is key to how I try to lessen my stress. I try to think about how it will be worth it in the end. It usually is not as bad as I think it is so I also try to remember that. Overall, Staying positive, though it may be tough, is what usually gets me through my stressful times.

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  13. When I first started college I was really overwhelmed with stress, especially that first quarter. In high school, I just breezed through classes because it was easy, and my teachers didn't really expect much, as long as you didn't cause problems and let them do their job. But when I hit college, assignments piled up in the same week, and with me working and volunteering, It was hard to keep up. At first, I didnt really know how to handle stress, but thankfully, GS was there to help me. I know some people find that class useless and a waste of time, but it actually helped students like me get through that first year. Now how I handle stress is by going to the gym, and usually take a fun class each quarter, which helps me look forward to going to school and also winding down. Art classes especially really helps me clear my head. Also, I cant really concentrate for long periods of time, so studying was really problematic because I would get really sleepy. I finally figured out that taking 15 minute naps help me get through that. Stress used to be a real problem for me, but I worked through it with the help of my GS teacher, and I'm really grateful for that.

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  14. Stress is always something that a student cannot avoid to cope with. The origin of stress can be variable: pressure from peers, not enough preparation, too many works due at same time. Those strategies that mentioned in the blog are all useful. It is sure that free from distraction, enough sleep, and positive feeling are always important for maintaining a great status. The key point is to stay calm. There is still an important way to face stress: focusing on study. I don’t often feel stressful because I just don’t think it is necessary to feel it. If something is killed at the point it born, then it won’t cause any of your concern in the future. So, if the origin of stress is controlled by people themselves, they don’t have to worry about taking time coping with this feeling which makes people nervous, instead, they can enjoy time preparing for the real challenge: final exams. When the exams are coming, the best way to keep calm is to focusing on figuring out the things we don’t understand. The more we know, the less we don’t know. Once everything that we need to know is known, there is no need to be nervous or stressful.

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  15. We can all relate to this article because we all experience stress. Although the cause of the stress varies and we stress on different levels and to different extremes, the way we can manage stress is similar for everyone. No matter how what the situation is there is always something you can do to ease stress. The issue causing the stress is not guaranteed to disappear; however, the level of stress is causing can be reduced. When stress comes along due to school I tend to stop and realize my accomplishments and what it has taken me to get here and also think about the future and how worth it this will be at the end. So reflecting is always a stress reliever for me. Stress caused by work is because there is a lack of communication so when I began to stress I know information is missing so before I loose my cool I just seek for the information that I was missing. There is all kinds of methods and not all of them will help every individual, you just have to find which best helps you.

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  16. There are many ways I cope with stress that came with high school and college. Aiming to go to a UC college, I took more advanced classes than the average student to meet all the requirements and these classes stressed me out, especially during midterms and finals. Ways to stay calm in the face of stress for me is to take at least a nap a day. Naps got me through high school and college because I can forget all the assignments and exams for an hour and just enjoy some good rest. Another way I coped with stress was to just drop everything I was doing when I was overwhelmed and go hang out with my friends for a little. Communicating with my friends gets my minds off everything and makes me smile and laugh. Lastly, a way I deal with stress is to put in noise cancelling earphones and listen to music. Music eases my mind and makes stressful things a little bit easier and tolerable. Those are the ways I stay calm in the face of stress and got me through high school and is getting me through college.

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  17. There are a few things that I do to reduce stress. The first stress-relieving activity I partake in is golf. For me, getting out on the golf course is the best way to take my mind off anything because I have the ability to worry about one thing and one thing only: perfecting my golf swing. When I go golfing, I always leave in a good mood because golf is a hard game and when you get good at it, you build up self confidence because the majority of the population can't swing a golf club. This puts me in the right mentality to tackle any stressful situation.
    Another stress-relieving activity I participate in is writing. Allowing yourself ten to twenty minutes to write away whatever is on your mind is such a refreshing and reviving activity. All of the stressful and complicated thoughts that go through your mind disappear and you can start to make sense of certain situations. It is another great way to reduce stress.
    The final activity I partake in is cooking. Cooking is a simple yet mentally refreshing activity because you have the ability to put effort into something that offers a positive outcome. When you put effort and the reward is amazing, you feel better about yourself allowing the stress to leave your mind and body. These are just a few things I do to eliminate stress.

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  18. Feeling Stressed? Good! But Stay Calm
    I feel that this was an article that everyone can relate to in one way or another. I know for myself as I was reading it I started to laugh at myself. I feel right now in the point in my life I have so many things going on at times it feels very overwhelming. Something that I just started doing lately, which has been helping with relaxing and controlling my stress and anxiety is when I have down time I have been turning my cell phone off. Sounds crazy I know, but it has been really helping. As one who is always on the go and has a million thoughts constantly running through my head being able to shut the world off for a few hours is sometimes all I need. Everyone is a little different, but I would recommend finding something relaxing to do to help balance your stress levels so your mind is clear and you thoughts will seem much more clear and concise.
    Stress and anxiety will always be there learning how to cope and sort things out is the key.

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  19. First final t-minus 6 days, my stress levels? Lingering somewhere between strong anxiety and a complete meltdown. Stress has affected my health in many ways ever since high-school, I suffer from chronic migraines, severe eczema when my stress levels change, and a weak immune system. I've read articles like this so many times, I know and understand all the tips and strategies but yet can't seem to get myself to follow them. I think the most important step I need to take to stress a little less is sleep. I am the student that stays up till 2 or 3 am studying and then wakes up around 5 again to review for the 3 hours I have before the exam. As unhealthy as that is, I sometimes find the adrenaline rush to be helpful, however the crash at the end takes me days to recover. What I usually do if I find myself in an unbearable stress zone is to go and workout for a long period of time, it helps me cool off and stay fresh.

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  20. There are some days when I find myself breezing through the day. But trust me this is very rare. I can tell when I have reached capacity once my hair starts to fall out, my nails are completely distraught and bitten down to the bare minimum ( a horrible habit I broke in my teens but now seems to be back), and I just want to scream. I work fulltime at a very demanding job and a fulltime student. I think my stress levels would be down and my life would be easier if I didn't wait to last minute for everything. You would think at the end of my sophomore year of college I would start to get that procrastination is the worst idea on the planet, especially for a ten page paper, but its inevitable, it will happen. When I find myself stressed, I need to get away. I need to go to a park, a lake, or someplace that is filled with nature. I sit there stare at the scenery, play my music, away from everyone that is In my everyday life. I found this to be a lot cheaper than what I was doing by going to the mall and spending a couple hundred dollars. Also working out at the gym, running, and playing sports has made a tremendous difference on lowering my stress levels. And at the same time giving me a healthier and better life.

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  21. I am constantly stressed between school, work and my social life, which I never have time for, I am always anxiety ridden. My greatest stress reliever is breathing or meditating, if I start to feel stressed I will take 3 deep breaths, which is just about the greatest advice I have ever received. I suffer from anxiety so I met with a therapist and this was the advice she gave me. Another stress reliever is taking breaks, if I am stressed and I decide to power through I will lose it so I have to take breaks, and in those breaks you will hearing me breathing. Overall, stress is what can make or break me so I must find time to do these things or stress will overcome me.

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  22. After reading this article, it made me realize some of the things I do to relieve some stress. For example, I would disconnect myself from social media when I am studying. This relieves stress because you do not need to focus on anything but your studies. I also taking study breaks and constantly nap because I tend to stress over the amount of work and just taking naps relieves some stress off of my shoulders. Talking to one of my good friends really relieves a certain amount of stress because my friend is so positive and is always there to talk to me. I do tend to stress a lot and just taking a study break and talking to him reduces my stress. Just hanging out with friends and getting away from studying reduces a lot of stress. That is why my friends and I set a particular day out of the week, each week to just catch up and hangout. Eating junk food or just food in general is a good way to reduce stress. I mean, you tend get hungry while studying and taking a study break is a good idea. When I am stressing; I try to spend time with myself. I like driving around at night and just blasting some music. Going on long drives at night and just jamming out alone is very peaceful and calming. I tend to do this a lot during the weekends after a stressful day at work. One last thing that I do to relieve stress is singing out loud in my room. Having that moment with the right song is when it hits you the most. Just singing your favorite song is a big stress reliever. After all of the stress and hard work you put into studying, there are always things to look forward to.

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  23. I'm normally really calm, so I don't stress to much. Mainly because I am confident in my ability and the amount of knowledge I have obtained in specific subjects. When it comes to things like math its a bit harder for me because I am not very skilled when it comes to math.

    That's why my strategy involves getting help from my friends that are better at math then me. Sometimes its easy to have someone your own age or someone who knows you explain something than having a teacher. Knowing you have people that have your back is comforting and it allows you to relax a bit more.

    Being positive is a little harder for me because I'm a pessimist by design. I try to think positively in most cases but it is not as easy for me. What helps me is how well I know I can do and if I am aware of places that I can improve myself and my skill level. Keeping things light is my ultimate weapon when it comes to dealing with stress or just keeping calm.

    I like joking around and making other people laugh. It a lot of fun and keeps me occupied with humor which is how I stay stress free most of the time.

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  24. I feel that this article is one that pretty much everyone can relate to. In one time or another we have all been stressed out beyond our breaking point. As of right now I am completely stressed out because of my college finals. During high stress times in college such as Midterms week or Finals week I go through several breakdowns and I always wonder just how healthy this is for a student. Is stress a good thing because it shows that you care or is it a bad thing that is going to hinder your performance? What I like about this article is that it confirms that stress is not in fact a bad thing that we should all try to avoid but instead something that we should embrace and try to control. The tips given in this article are ones that can be applied to everyday stressful life situations. I believe that the best way to cope with stress is to control how you deal with it. Reading through the tips that this article gives I realize that I do almost the complete opposite of what is recommended in order to relieve stress. I used to believe that college was just a stressful time for every student and that there wasn't a way to avoid it but now after reading this article I see that the problem does not lie within my stress factors but within my coping skills. I'm going to try to incorporate these stress coping skills into my life for the next two weeks and see if that makes a difference in my stressful finals week. Who knows? Maybe I can avoid that end of the year melt down after all.

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  25. Whenever I feel stressed about something I resolve the concern from the source so I know longer have to think about it. If I am concerned about an assignment then I take care of the assignment as soon as possible. If for some reason I am unable to finish the assignment in one setting then I will go to the gym and lift weights as an outlet to take out my stress for this usually exhausts my body and puts me in a relaxed state of mind. The endorphin's that are released throughout my body also help me relax and alleviate my stress. Sometimes when I am stressed I like to talk to people to express why I am stressed and doing this allows me to figure out a solution and if I do not figure out a solution then I am reassured that the situation will get better over time. Sometimes I use stress as a reminder to do something important so I do not forget about it and I take care of it later if I am unable to address the concern right then and there.

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  26. With finals right around the corner and me having to move out of my dorm room during finals week is going to be complete chaos. But I will stay positive and come out victorious in the battle versus stress. One thing that I value the most in college is sleep. Like the blog said "Your bodies and brains are changing so fast that your body needs time to recharge." I tend to a lot of homework and extra curricular activities throughout the day as well as fitting in study time. But if I don't get my rest and sleep for a good amount of hours I find myself more stressed when I wake up than when I went to sleep. Another strategy I use is stay active. What I mean by staying active is not staying in the room and working on studying and homework. Go to a friends room and study or to a study group because when you are by yourself I find that you get even more distracted. These next two weeks I really have to be on my "A-Game", make sure I get enough sleep, clean and pack up, and most importantly study and do my homework so I can get the heck out of here.

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  27. I took a stress and coping class on campus and a lot of the things mentioned here weren't mentioned in the class. I felt that these coping techniques could be applied to college students, and people in my age group. While in the class we were taught different techniques that involved relaxing your body. I realized that lately I have not been using any of the techniques I've learned and have been having a hard time staying cool, so this blog helped me remember coping techniques I need to use now to continue being successful. I thought it was interesting the bell shaped graph showed me that depression came from low stress, but I have experienced otherwise. I also never really used much coping techniques other than dancing or physical activity, but thanks to this blog I am remembering there are good and bad ways to coping with stress. Also thanks to this blog I remember there are ways that don't involve physical activity that can help with mental health. Lately I have indulged in the bad ways of coping with stress such as having bad eating habits and being stuck on the television and have only caused myself more stress. So this blog was a good read because it reminded me that everything will be okay I just need to use my stress positively and stay cool.

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  28. I have had many situations where I am extremely stressed out to the point where I just don't want to think about anything that I have to do anymore. When I let my stress get too out of hand, there are a couple things that I do to make my self feel less overwhelmed with everything. One thing that I do is take naps. I like taking naps because I like to sleep. Napping helps me clear my mind and feel refreshed after a long day of doing homework and other activities that made me feel over whelmed. Another thing that I like to do when I am stressed is listen to music. Listening to music is a great way to help clear your head as well. I love listening to music because to me, music is an escape of this reality. When I have my headphones on, I am in my own world of relaxation and I have nothing to worry about. I mostly listen to bands like The Strokes, Arcade Fire and Two Door Cinema Club. Bands like these Alternative Indie bands help my stress go away, and I feel less over whelmed.

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  29. To avoid stress I do a few things that are mentioned in the blog. I like to think positive and not let little things get to me, remembering that not everyone is as fortunate as I am and at least I'm not homeless or have a serious illness. I think thinking positive is what works for me the most. I also love to sleep. However, when you get awoken by loud roommates it's hard to have sleep be a stress reliever. One thing that really works for me and is a great benefit is exercise. I like to go to the gym and just run around the indoor track. Being able to just physically relieve my stress and just run and also get healthy and fit while doing it is great. It improves my mood and makes me feel a whole lot better. When I feel stressed because of a certain situation I have to take a couple minutes and take a few deep breathes. It calms me and helps me to not get so worked up over things that might be out of my control. I think this post is very helpful for dealing with stress.

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  30. To be completely honest, I do not remember the last time that I have not been somewhat stressed. For me, there are a lot of situations that stress me out. Whether it be small or big, it always seems to follow me. Sadly, I don’t quite know how to handle it. Reading this article made me think about the little ways that I can reduce my stress levels. Some times my stress does get in the way of what I need to get done because I start to give up and lose hope but with these techniques I might be okay. The one technique I found that would be the most helpful to me was the “Appreciate what you have”. I often times lose sight about how much I am blessed and I forget about how lucky I am. I will try to remind myself more often of all the opportunities that I have been lucky to have. The one thing that I do in order to distress is to watch a little TV but even then I still have what I need to do in the back of my mind. Hopefully these strategies will be able to help me.

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  31. When I was in High School I thought my stress level couldn't get any higher; but I was wrong. My senior year was my most stressful year due to college applications, applying for student aid, choosing a campus, maintaining my GPA, and at the end of summer moving out of my parents home. Stress is something no one can get away from, especially if you're a college student.

    When I realized I needed to find a way to maintain my stress levels I began to use my free time more wisely. For example, I would do my homework right after class and I wouldn't stop until I got to a comfortable spot or until I finished the assignment. I know it can be difficult for others because all you want to do is relax after a long day of classes but my outlook on it is, if I get it all done now I can truly enjoy the rest of my day without knowing I have to go back to it. This quarter especially, I have found a way in maintaining my stress and time by getting all of my work done during the week so I can enjoy my weekend with friends. I believe the key to maintaining stress is by maintaining your time. Yes it will be hard to stay focused but it will all pay off. Stay positive, breathe, eat healthy, get enough sleep, and overall be your own motivator.

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  32. This was a great thing to read since i know finals are coming up and students like me are going to be stressed.I do get a lot of stress when it comes to school and it does get out of limits that i start to give up and don't even like going to class. Some of the things that i do to relieve some stress is exercising, i love to do cardio and love to run so it helps me relieve some tension and keeps my mind of off school and studying. It helps me take breaks from what i'm stressing from. I also enjoy just staying away from home, and going to parks just to play softball or things just to keep my mind of it and away from it. I have tried methods just as taking breathes and thinking positive but it doesn't work for me, i need to physically get away from things. Breaks help me de-stress for a while when studying and such.

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  33. I tend to stress all the time. I stress out the most when it comes to school. Since it is going to be finals week, my stress level is reaching its all-time high, as it does each quarter. I do know that stress could be a good thing though. It prepares your body to do its best at a task. I do a couple of things to stay calm in the face of stress. Sometimes I just have to drop everything I'm doing and take a break. I stop doing my homework or studying, I leave my room, and I eat a snack. Taking breaks is essential for me. I have learned that putting more pressure on me only further my stress level to the highest level possible. I freak out knowing finals week impacts a huge part of all my grades. I received really good grades last quarter, so the pressure of achieving the same, this quarter, is overwhelming. Another way I deal with stress is take a 30 minute power nap. I've noticed those 30 minutes of a rest for my brain works great for me. I also deal with stress by thinking of the later outcome of anything stressful to me. For example, finals week may be frightening but I think about the long vacation break that comes after it. When I stress out I usually make lists of things I need to do and slowly check things off so it feels like I'm getting things done. Keeping calm isn't easy but I accomplish it by doing these things.

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  34. Personally, I am not one to stress out. Usually I just don't stress out. A way to prevent me from getting to this state is not thinking about my massive to-do-list all at once because I tend to get anxious and end up not doing anything afterwards. I also sleep as much as possible. Music and meditation are other ways I avoid stress. Doing any of these things allow me to refresh my mood and vibe.

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  35. This quarter has caused me the most stress I've ever had in my life. With finals coming up next week, as well as accumulating final papers to be done, the stress keeps building up and getting stronger. Luckily, there are some specific techniques that help me get through this stress and keep calm. The first, and by far the best, technique that I've found to help me cope with stress is exercise. Exercise is great to relieve stress because it diverts my minds attention from assignments, tests and due dates to the exercise itself. Not to mention, exercise always leaves me feeling good about myself! Something else that reduces my stress is to stay positive! Right when I feel like I'm at the peak of my stress level I always remind myself of all of the good things that are or will be happening to me soon. For my situation right now, I'm getting through by reminding myself that there's only one week left of school and then I'll be out to vacation in Mexico once finals are over. This helps me to realize that it's almost over, I just have to hang on for a little bit longer and then I'll finally get the break I need. Lastly, something extremely simple but very helpful in lowering my stress level is to simply breathe and go for a short walk. This technique helps me to clear my mind before getting back to work. In the end, the best way to deal with stress is to simply relax, everybody just needs to find the right technique that will help them to individually achieve this state.

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  36. I am one of those college students that are extremely stressed out! This spring quarter has completely taken a toll on me. However, I do not plan on letting stress get the better of me, especially when I’m so close with completing my first year as a college student. What I have been doing to cope with stress recently is taking some time out to go out with friends and forget all about school. Doing something as simple as going to see a movie, or go get dinner is a great way to take the stress away for a few hours. I also find it very helpful to take a nap before I do my homework so I won’t be super tired and it also helps me concentrate better for longer periods of time. When worst comes to worst, calling home always makes me feel better. Being six hours away from my hometown is very hard, but when I call home it makes me realize that it won’t be long to I’m there again

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  37. I usually only get really stressed out when i know I have something important coming up such as a final or paper due. in order to cope with my stress i usually sleep it off. sleep usually helps me re-cooperate so I can function better when i wake up. if that is not enough i usually step back and try not to think about everything that is stressing me out. Staying positive about my situations usually always help me out a lot.

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  38. I do not tend to get stressed except, all the time. Shocking right for a college student. The ways that i tend to stay calm during stressful times have kept me leveled in many ways. One thing i do is chew gum. Weird right? well it keeps me concentrated on more than just the lots of things on my plate that i have to conquer. Also another thing i do is drink a lot of tea. For me, tea have a great effect on my anxiety and keeps me calm during night time studying. Of course the tea has no caffeine.

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  39. One of my major problems is worrying or stressing about every little thing. I cannot function correctly if something is not complete or a major exam is coming up. The thing that gives me the most stress is speaking in front of a large crowd because I hate making mistakes that people could see or hear. When I get stressed, I get sweaty and I get this warm feeling in my chest. Even though stress is hard to relieve, some things that I do to help my stress is think about the moment, appreciate what I have, and breathe. Thinking about the moment helps me the most because it reminds me to focus on here and now and not worry about what is going to come. Appreciating what I have is another stress reliever because like in the article, a lot of people in the world do not have a chance to go to college and I am here. Finally, just breathing helps me during exams because if not, I would be moving around a lot with a sick stomach. In addition to my three ways, this article has opened my eyes to other option I should try in the future such as avoid asking what if?, disconnect, and sleep.

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  40. In the face of stress, it certainly can be hard to stay calm. I personally used to have problems with stress, but nowadays it doesn’t feel like too much of a problem with the techniques I do. One of the techniques that I pull off that is short and sweet is to just breathe. Drop everything down, and just breathe. This alone allows me to recapture my bearings and pull everything together. While it doesn’t really help in the long run, it certainly does bandage something small. To branch off with just simply breathing, meditation helps too. While it may seem odd to others, it does help in terms of relaxation and can help in the long run if you keep up with meditation every day. Meditation surely is a great technique, but another technique to staying calm is to just be optimistic. It’s not to just focus my brain’s attention onto something that is completely stress-free; but rather to think the best of the stress. Finding that stress isn’t completely a negative thing helps prevent the strong anxiety and complete meltdown because you’ll find that the stress is not just a necessary evil. Overall, breathing, meditation, and being optimistic are great techniques that I use for staying calm in the face of stress.

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  41. Whenever I come in to contact with stress I tend to look at more than one place and the start over thinking and spend most of my time thinking just the worst. So some of the ways that try to relieve some of my stress is by listening to music which helps me by not thinking what I was stressed about. Another way of dealing with this would be doing some type of physical activity such as going to the gym, lighting some heavy weights and take out some of that frustration that would have on the barbell. But whenever I just don’t feel like going out or even getting out of my bed, most of the times I just do my absolute best to just disconnect from any social media and just take a relieving 2 hour nap so by the time I wake up I wouldn't even remember why I was stressed in the first place. But while people may think that have stress is a bad thing other people see it is as an alarm to force them to finish their assignment on time because we are in college to pass our classes and get a degree, not to just spend our money on being lazy and being academically inactive. So other than worrying about the issues that make you stress just accept it and do something about it.

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  42. The article “Felling Stressed? Good but stay calm” speaks truth. I have been using methods contained in this article every quarter two weeks prior to finals week. I find it amazing how an extra hour of sleep or just your state of mind cans severely affect your performance in the classroom and life in general. I myself find and have found that all these methods provided in the article effective. Like the article says the most important thing to take away form it is to find the medium. Being too stressed can cause you to feel ill and obviously affect you in a negative manner. Just like the past three quarters I will get a full nights rest, study consistently, disconnect from social media and other distractions etc… I would suggest you do the same.

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  43. I can admit that I am one of the many college students who get stressed out. This fall quarter is hard for me only because I am taking classes that are the most difficult for me. History, Anthropology and English. I have difficulties with all these classes. I do not plan to let stress take away from what I can succeed in. The way I handle things are to do focus in class and go on with my day Mondays and Wednesday I have class 10am-4pm. Work from 4pm-5pm. Then I go home around 6pm and complete my homework. Tues and Thurs I work from 11-6pm. Fridays I work from 10-1. Then I have a off campus job as a server on the weekends. I just learned how to manage my time. It does get stressful and hard but every day it ends up working out. One thing that takes my stress away is music, Netflix, and gym. Music makes me calm; however, Netflix is my “me time” I like to call it so I have time for myself. Gym helps me forget about everything. Caffeine I do drink this at late hours in the night it just became a habit, and it does not seem to mess up anything. Learning your own ways as an individual is good to figure out so you don’t blow up when you can’t cope with your stress level.

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  44. I am Guilty of freaking out when finals come, because I like many other college students leave studying to the last minute and stay up until 3am! I've tried different method such as just planning two weeks in advance, to mentally prepare myself. I note on my calendar "Final" or if a paper is due i write "paper". If I have a final I now try to start studying a week before, an make flashcards. Flashcards have really helped me a lot through college. I can take them to campus, and when I have a break I will review them. That does take a lot of stress off myself, because I know with flashcards I will just pound it into my brain and remember it Flash cards really help me out. When it comes to papers I just give myself time, and try to do an outline going, as well as some office hours to get my professors input. Timing is key in college and if you can plan all your finals out then the stress level will be a lot lower and you will do better on finals.

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  45. I am usually a very calm person, but I do have days where everything just falls together and makes me very stressed out. Around midterm time I start to feel it because I start to think of all the studying I am going to have to do, all the sleep I'm going to loose, and know that more than likely I am going to procrastinate. What I do to calm down when I start thinking all this is, stop. I try to take a break before I start just to start at a calm peaceful mood and not approach my worries at a "stressed out" mood. I also constantly remind myself that if I really don't want to study late at night or wait for the last minute to do my studying plus homework if I have any, I should probably get started soon. In order to stay awake and not get tired, I sleep. I am not a coffee, tea, or energy drink person so I never rely on that. Although, I have panicked and stressed out because I fail to follow my procedure, I always find a way to get back on track.

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  46. Stress is hard to control when you have a lot on your mind so taking time off helps release the stress. I completely agree with all the tips given in the article but sometimes it is hard to distress specially when you have a lot on your mind. Last year I took five classes for two quarters and my stress levels were high. That is why I decided that this quarter I would only take three classes, although it may end up interfering with my graduation time span, my body deserves it. I do not want to overload on work because I am the kind of person who is too worried about the "what ifs" instead of focusing on the present. I know that I need to work hard in order to succeed in this world but spacing the workload is what helps me the most.

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  47. Looking at today's society, it seems like all of us are under constant scrutiny. Our efforts to succeed are often impeded by hurdles which convince us that we are, or are at risk of becoming, inadequate. At work, at school, or even with friends, we feel pressure to wear our best masks. Showing signs of slipping into anything but energetic and engaging, and suddenly we're judged as mundane or not strong enough for the job. While this is motivational and encouraging sometimes, other times it's overbearing. Sometimes we need to take a breather and be ourselves. My remedy is simply taking a break and doing the things I love (i.e. discovering new music, learning to play guitar, writing poetry, etc.) Alone time is important to self-development and sometimes cutting out the world that forces us to feel energetic and engaged 24/7 will give us breathing room for appreciating ourselves and who we are, rather than what the world expects from us. That's a solid way to release stress, and once you take those breathers, the moments where you have to be engaging and energetic won't be so bad any more.

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  48. Being in college has been one of the most stressful moments in my life. Worrying about what classes to take, if they are going to be available, passing my classes, and getting enough financial aid to pay for tuition is extremely stressful. I try my best to not let stress get to me but it usually fails and I begin to panic or I get anxiety and just start to cry. When I'm done with that I just lie in my bed and listen to music. Music is my stress reliever because it gets my mind off of the stressful things in my life. I also have a journal I write in and going to the beach is also another stress reliever for me.

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  49. I am normally a person who does not get overly stressed but it does catch up to me sometimes. This post mentioned things such as studying in 30 minute intervals and that is a big thing that I like to do prior to midterms or finals. To not get overly stressed I also try to motivate myself by making sure I get home and study and reward myself after, for example I'll take a walk at the park with my dog or enjoy some quality time with my family or friends. When it comes to homework I especially try not to wait last minute to get it done because sleep is very important for me not to get stressed. I'll wake up a lot better the next day and be ready for all the day hold for me. Of course I do try my best at not overwhelming myself and sometimes I do, talking a walk, enjoying some company, and taking care of my body are ways that I lower my stress level.

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  50. Every college student understands the stress that accompanies the college work load. Procrastination, we've all done it at some point in our studies and has caused us some great stress. Even if we don't procrastinate, college courses can still cause a melt down. To treat this so called melt down I like to do things that calm me. Such things include listening to music while cooking or cleaning my room. Taking a walk and enjoying nature to really relieve the stress. Maybe relaxing in the Jacuzzi, that actually sounds great right now because midterms are around the corner. I also like to go play volley ball with friends or even do some cardio at the gym to lower my stress levels. I try to give my mind a break from school work so I go out with friends and family to distract me from thinking about the work too much. To prevent a meltdown I make sure I space out my studying. Do a little every day opposed to doing it all the night before the test. I make sure i get enough sleep to function well. I know when my face starts hitting that book it's time to sleep. Instead of staying up late and having to slap myself to wake up I'd rather listen to my body and go to sleep so I can wake up early and be at a better state of mind then the night before. Prioritize! Yeah a day at the concert sounds great but if you have a final, you should really ask your self, "Is this the most logical thing to do right now? Will i face some consequences? Is a bad grade worth it?" Make sure you have a plan. Learn good time management skills and you will see that you won't be having a meltdown anytime soon. So just relax, stay positive,study early, make good studying habits and just have fun!

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  51. When I'm stressed I usually go for a long walk or a run by the park near my house. It helps me relieve all my stress and helps me cool down. I'm the kind of person that doesn't think before speaking and when I'm stressed out I usually end up saying stuff I shouldn't be saying. I also pray to help me with my stress. it gives me that piece of mind and helps me think with a cool head. There are many times where our negative thoughts take over our emotions and have a bag affect on our actions. Praying helps me think about what I want to do and why I should do it and what the consequences will be if I did it.

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  52. I have had many stressful moments during my college experience. Majoring in Health Science, has not been a piece of cake. I have had many tough classes and have experienced a lot of stress. What I do to stay calm and stress free are a few things that have helped me a lot. First of all, when a midterm is coming up I begin studying two weeks before the exam. I do this because I like to study everyday little by little. I have done the error of cramming everything four days prior to the exam date and I just stress out like no other and end up sleeping really late which makes me crazy stressed. Another thing I do to stay calm is that I am always thinking positive and telling my self to not worry and that I will do great on my exam. This keeps me away from thinking about negative things and keeps me calm. I also enjoy going for walks when I begin to start to freak out, I like to take my mind off of it. I usually go to a park and go for a 30 minute walk or jog and that really helps me clear my mind and look at my situation a lot more clearer. Another thing I like to do is watch t.v for a little bit, that distracts me and calms my nerves down because it gives me time to relax. All of these are things have helped me out when I am stressed out, but the main thing that has helped me is to begin studying for finals and midterms with time. To begin studying little by little because this helps me grasp the information better and it just sticks to my brain a lot easier.

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  53. Oh soooo many stressful moments in college! Where to begin? I believe that my 3rd and 4th year here in college have been the most stressful for me. Why? Well because I'm living off campus now and there are way too many responsibilities than there were when living in the dormitories. Nowadays I have to worry about rent, paying for at least 5 bills or more, taking care of my 9 year old dog, doing 35 hours of work a week while being a full-time student, not receiving any free money from FinAid, and being in a relationship. So many more responsibilities. At least when I was living in the dorms, housing was already provided so I didn't have to stress about rent. My situation could be way worse so I am thankful for the things I have and I do my best to do my best, but there are days I do stress out and freak out! What I do...

    -I like to go on long walks with my dog.
    -talking to my mom always helps.
    -I like to draw, mainly tattoo designs for other people, or anything with skulls!
    -Writing down all the the things I have to do that same day (To-Do list)
    -talking with a friend or boyfriend always helps.
    -Planning out your next move and working with what you already have or can provide is key.
    -listening to music is my therapy; especially when it comes to rap music. Go Techn9ne!!
    -taking time to relax, by laying down, going to the jacuzzi or just chillin.
    -Last, trying not to stress.

    Those are some things that help me when I feel overwhelmed. Hope this helps some of you.
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  54. I would have to say that I cannot really stay calm when i get stressed out. i usually tend to freak out and cant stay focused. when looking at the graph shared in the article, i think that this is actually pretty accurate. for me, i can never hit the middle point of optimal performance, or the increased attention/interest. I usually am in the boredom/depression, strong anxiety, and complete meltdown. But in my futile attempts to stay calm during a stressful situation i usually take a nap, go out to keep my mind of the stressful situation, but ultimately i try to push things away to the last minute and therefore increasing stress to a whole new level. its hard to avoid the tips on how stay calm.

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  55. This article was insightful I learned various strategies that I can try to include in my life to remain calm and not get stressed out. The most effective tip seems to be to power off your phone and take a walk. I learned it is important to focus on doing one thing when feeling overwhelmed to get your mind off of something. My way of relieving stress is plenty of exercise. I enjoy running because after I finish working out I feel better.

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  56. If I'm stressed, I remind myself of the things I'm looking forward to, and that my efforts now are going to pay off in the long run. I often go hiking, which really relaxes me; I think it's important to get out and have a change of scenery. I also think a lot of people think that they have to go through their stressful times alone, or that no one understand how they're feeling. of course, I know that I am the one who ultimately has to deal with the stress, but reaching out to my friends - talking, laughing, crying - also helps me feel more positive about what I have to do.

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  57. I like to think that I’m a relaxed person. However, just like everyone else, I fall into stress. Unfortunately, I’m not able to handle stress the way I’d like to (I fall into the negative self-talk trap), so I can’t say I’m an expert at de-stressing – but when I’m able to talk myself out of a rut, stepping back from everything (technology, the assignment, and just the study area all together) and taking a breather with soothing music in the background usually helps me calm down. It probably sounds lame, but classical music helps me the most in stressful situations and that way, my mind won’t be muddled up with more words and high notes that give me headaches. Another way to help me keep calm is to stick post-it notes with positive messages within my textbook (I usually put them on random pages), so when I come across them randomly, I get a small pick me up. A small smile every now and then helps me keep going. And last but not least, before I get into a stressful studying session, I’ll make myself something sweet in advance to keep me motivated. Nothing quite says ‘good job’ like artificial and processed sugar baked in chocolate chip cookies.

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  58. I have had many stressful moments in college. It is difficult for me to stay calm because I worry about whether I would do well in class or if I would be able to finish my assignments on time. Procrastination is partly the reason I would stress out about school. I always feel like I have enough time to do assignments but that is not the case. When I am stressed, I would take a walk around the neighborhood. I would try to breathe in all the fresh air and enjoy the nature and scenery as I walk. I try to think of something happy. Another way for me to stay calm is to listen to music. Listening to music temporarily erases my stressful thoughts. Taking a shower also helps calm down stress. A good way to relieve stress is to make a schedule for yourself. In other words, make a daily plan of what should be done each day. It helps to prevent procrastination and lowers stress levels.

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  59. This article was on point. Love it. I actually practice all these mentioned in this article in order to try to try to keep myself calm and avoid stress as much as I can. I also love movies! So watching movies always does the job for me. And better yet, watching my all time favorite, Smallville! Plus a cup, or two of wine. Ahhh perfect stress reliever for me. Music also does the job. Walking to the store, or to the mall even if I don't buy anything, helps a lot. And last but not least, I have a quote that I live by, that no matter the situation, it does a perfect job at keeping me calm, and that quote is, "it could be worst." So what ever it is your going through, always remember, "it could have been worst." I'm sure this will do the job for many of you as well.

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  60. Around final times I become very stressed and get a little rude to those around me. This article really helped me think about relaxing in different ways when the stress gets packed on. Something I already do is sleep. When I'm stressed I love listening to music and falling asleep. I cannot lay off the coffee though because I feel like going for a quick coffee break at Starbucks really helps me relax. I don't drink it at night to prevent me from sleeping but I do drink it in between my long study hours. One problem I do have is eating while studying so I'd rather get a cup of coffee then eating snack after snack.

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  61. I have become increasingly more stressed this year now that I’m more involved in clubs and organizations on campus. It’s been hard to balance everything and getting less sleep doesn’t help my stress level. I can’t really tell where I am on the bell curve, and I never really handled stress in the healthiest way. When I’m stressed I either work hard to get everything done with no sleep or I feel like giving up on all the work I have to do. These tips are definitely helpful and I need to sleep and disconnect from technology more often. Time management comes into play and I really need to work on that. I also can work on the choices I make during the day, and I definitely need to procrastinate less. I know I would be less stressed if I would just get my work done in a timely manner. Something that usually helps me when I’m stressed is looking at everything on a smaller scale. When I take into account everything I have to do all at once, I just make things worse for myself. The best thing I can do is breathe and take things one at a time.

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  62. I am a nursing student, and nothing and nobody in high school could have prepared me for college. High school stress is definitely nothing like the stress that i am constantly under now that i am in my Sophomore year. Having a quarter system, everything is fast-paced and hectic. Sometimes I don't even know what to do and who to turn to anymore. I haven't been doing so well in some of my most challenging classes, and I even have to repeat a class. This is probably one of the worst things that has ever happened to me, academic-wise. Sometimes I just want to quit school.. and then I remember that life gets like that, it is just school. Sometimes you reach your lowest point in life and fall to the ground, but you just have to get up and try again. I just remind myself, amidst all the workload and the stress, that everything is going to be okay. I just remember to relax and to take it one day at a time. After that, everything else becomes easier, things don't seem as crazy. I give myself a break once in awhile to do other things that I love, like go to the gym or paint. I just tell myself to enjoy life, because I am young and I have the rest of my life to get to where I need to be.

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  63. After reading this article, it made me realize that I stress a lot and I need to learn how to be calm. I do not really do much to relieve my stress. How I usually deal with my stress is I try to think positive and just pray that it goes away. If you have a positive outlook on life, then you can be less stressed. I have learned new ways to relieve my stress because of this article. I will make sure to make time for sleep, and do not procrastinate. I will also lessen on my caffeine because I get really anxious, and start stressing about things that I do not need to be stressing about. When I do feel stress, I will make sure to take a walk so I can clear my mind. I will probably try to not take my phone so I can give my body a break. I hope by doing all of this, it will make me a successful college student.

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  64. Reading this article made my stress level go down. It was very helpful and I'm going to try and apply these tips to my every day life. I realized that I am young and have a life ahead of me for worrying about weird things and just live in the moment. What's the point of stressing about something when time will pass and sooner or later you won't be stressing about things anymore. Things that you stressed about when you were fifteen won't matter when you're twenty one. I also noticed exercising can help relief stress or just taking a break from doing whatever you're doing and going outside for a second and really make a difference. I think a big distraction for some people are their phones and I think turning your phone off for a while can really help you focus on what you have to do because you won't be worried about who's going to text or try to contact you. I know that stress isn't a good thing but everyone goes through it once in awhile and it's better to know how and when to control it so it doesn't get out of hand. I know some people that don't deal with stress very well and it tears them apart. It's better to take everything step by step, than to try and accomplish everything all at once. When you look at what you have to do that way, you get a clearer vision on what has to get done and you can focus on whats important.

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  65. As student taking four English classes, I calculated that I will be writing a totally of 16 essays this quarter. Might as well say I'm writing a short book! You can imagine that I'm working on at least two essays at a time, and turning them in back to back. Without question, finding the time to keep up with the work load, and work full time is challenging, and at times extremely stressful. This article wasn't anything I haven't heard of before, but it's still a good reminder that I'm not the only one going through stressful times in order to be successful. We all go through it. I think the most impactful part of this essay is the section of appreciating what we have, and when I think about how far I've come and what I have accomplished along the way I feel more confident in myself. I know I can do what needs to be done. Sacrifice is necessary to achieve great things, and having a positive state of mind really does go a long way. We only set ourselves up for failure when we start questioning "what if" and fill our mind with negative thoughts.

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  66. When seeing the diagram that the author provided, it made me do some self-reflection and I can personally agree with their statement. Being a college student there are very few times that I am not stressed about something, especially when something is due. When a big assignment is due I tend to stress out about it and focus all my time and energy into completing it. This is when I give my optimal performance, which results in me getting the best results; so in a way stress really enhances my work. I also really liked the stress do’s and don’ts as well, I feel they are great quick tips that help improve your stress management. They help you stay in the optimal performance phase, instead of having a complete meltdown.

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  67. This article that was published was very useful to myself. Being a college student alone, yet working as well has put a lot of stress on my shoulders and I'm sure for many more. I have been stressed out over a lot of assignments, midterms, and work over this passed quarter. And this article was very helpful because now I have a better knowledge and understanding on how I can cope and deal with stress in a healthier, better, and more efficient manner. Opposed to just going day by day thinking about what I have to get done, when I'll get it done, and how I will manage to do it. I will utilize these tips in the future because the only thing I used as my stress reliever was going to the gym, but these tips they offered like appreciate what you have, disconnect from your phone, think positively, and to just take a step back and breathe were very useful. I am glad I took the time to read this article and I encourage anyone to do the same because it gave myself, a working college student better incite on a more healthy way in dealing with my stress and stressful situations as a whole.

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  68. For me, I find that being stressed helps me be more productive and makes me strive to get more done. However, being too stressed is never a good thing so what I do to manage it is necessary. If I find myself being overly stressed I will take a break from whatever im doing to just relax, that includes naps, watching TV, or just lay down. Also I can eat, I find that when I eat my stress level goes down. Finally, my favorite thing to do to relieve stress is to go to the gym.

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  69. Reading this article, I was able to learn more tips on how to reduce stress since I always find myself stressed most of the time. I like the idea staying positive but as easy as it sounds, sometimes it’s hard to do it and I tend to forget to think that way but I like the idea of thinking about what I should do after a test, finishing a “big” homework etc. I also like the idea of “avoid asking what if?,” I tend to do this most of the time like thinking “what if I don’t finish all of these work by their due date” or what if blank out on the test and forget everything I’ve studied” but I agree that I need to avoid thinking this way because it would stress me more. The last one that I like is sleep (I mean who doesn’t like sleep), so for this one I think our bodies have a limit and I think we should try to not to push ourselves into that limit and we should allow ourselves to rest. For me in order to reduce stress, depending on the situation, if it’s been a stressful week, on the weekend, I would usually watch movies (or tv shows on Netflix), sleep or just do anything fun. If it’s during the week and I’m trying to finish all my homework or study for a test, I would usually listen to music or eat during my small breaks.

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  70. Usually, I'm a person who does not get stressed often, like how some people can get. But when I do find myself stressed I have a number of stress relievers that I do. One being running, I usually go running everyday and it really helps me clear my mind and feel at ease. As well as keep me in shape! Another way I control my stress is going out with my friends and having a good time. One big way I relieve stress is music, immersing myself in music really calms me down and helps me relax.

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  71. Stressed Is a common thing for me I live stressed which I know is bad but I usually get more things done when I'm stressed. I do have my limits when I'm really stressed I'll usually just laydown or take a break especially when it comes to class work. I'll watch funny videos on YouTube because they usually make me laugh and that alone helps me relieve stress. This quarter I feel like I haven't been as stressed as the last two and I think it's because I'm managing my time more wisely I still need to work on procrastinating but it's better than the last two quarters

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  72. For me stressing out is an every day thing. I'm usually stressing over any and everything and I learned that stressing a lot is not really healthy even though is going to happen from time to time. For me my stress relievers are just trying to calm myself down. I sometimes take a break from what ever is stressing me out go for a walk and clear my head and thing of all the positive things that are going on in my life. When things start to get really bad I like to listen to gospel music or reggae music because its really calming to me.

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  73. I stress a lot, but it helps me accomplish tasks I strongly care about. I try not to over stress to where I can not handle the pressure, but when I do I try to remain positive. I remind myself of all the opportunities I have been given and accomplishments I have made. I appreciate my family and what I want to accomplish for them. I also look to family and friends to support me when I need someone to talk to. When I can I go home to visit my family or I plan an outing with friends. I always remind myself everything will work out in the end, and everything happens for a reason.

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  74. When I start to feel stressed, I put in my earphones and listen to music. Listening to music really relaxes me and gives me time to think about everything. I think Getting stressed about school or work is a very normal response and it happens to everyone. The important thing is how you deal with it. I have noticed that in the end everything ends up better than i had expected. I believe Staying positive very important, as it has helped me in the past.

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  75. Since I have been in college, I have stressed more and the more I stress, the more I break out and in high school, I stressed but I did not stress enough to break out like when I am in college. Stress is not really good for me. Stress may be good at times but since I have high blood pressure, it does not help one bit because when I start stressing, my blood pressure goes up and I feel like my heart is pounding and I am about to have a stroke. Stress is not a friend of mine that I want to visit daily. It sometimes helps me accomplish things I want to accomplish but most of the time, I do not want to.

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  76. Stress is pretty much what drives me to finish my work. Ever since elementary school, I have been an avid procrastinator. And some may say that procrastinating is a bad habit and is not a very smart way to get through school, but it works for me which is why my 'bad habit' has continued to college.
    When I feel like I am extremely stressed, I shut down (as in a sleep/take a nap) or I eat - yes, yet another bad habit. Basically, I avoid the thing that is causing me extreme stress until I feel like I can face it again. I would say that everything that everything listed in this post on how to deal with stress is effective.
    Since we're all in college (for the most part), I'm sure we've all found what works for us individually when we face stress, but if you haven't, try some of the things in this post or just try out different things to de-stress in general. Best of luck and CHILLAX! :)

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  77. Stress is something every human goes through it has to do with the fact that we need to work;whether it's school or jobs, for a living. The most important thing to remember that handling stress is by the way you manage to stay calm in desperate measures and learning how to maintain your cool. Stress is not good for everyone because it leads them to having anxiety and have no control in your life. I agree with this article with the way stress should be handled, it should be handled with positive outreach.Let negativity and caffeine leave your space when your feeling stressed, remember to breath. At least that is what I tell myself and it has worked for me, even when I am at my lowest point.

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  78. Stress is a deadly thing. I am always stress about something. I often have to just take a moment and breathe. Other times for a stress reliever I listen to music. I can't dwell in my stress for too long because I have to hit deadlines, so I pump myself up with a peep talk. Sometimes I have to explain to people why I'm talking to myself and then we laugh and that also relieve stress for me. I believe that no one can relieve you from your inner stress. You have to sit back, think, make a plan, and try your best. Stress is reduce with progress.

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  79. Although stressing out can give people head aches and anxiety, I agree with the article where it say that stress can lead to successful results. From personal experience, I feel that when I'm stressed, it pushed me to be more focused and more productive in my work. I just want to get all the work done and over with so that I can not feel stressed anymore. Instead of thinking of stress in a negative way, people should use stress to motivate themselves to work harder and get the job done. It is important to stay focused when you are stressed because if not, you will have a total meltdown and you will be doing the complete opposite of being productive. Just remember to take little breaks and use stress to motivate your work.

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  80. When you become stressed out 18 hours of the day, it cant be healthy. Balancing school, work, personal life, social life can be pretty hard and sometimes unforeseen obstacles arise and make life even harder. Seems like I need to find time to relax to, cant remember the last time I actually read a book that interest me, sat in my desk drawing or writing in my journal, or even watched a movie on Netflix. The tips presented on this post served as a reminder to step back and take a breather. Life get stressful but I am always in control. Just chill out.

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  81. Ah stress. That moment when you are about to turn in a response to an article and then it gets deleted, three times. Stress is such a horrible thing that everyone goes through. The feeling of stress to finish an assignment, studying for a major exam, writing a long essay and still be able to handle your job, extra curricular events, having time for friends, and unexpected event can and will be overwhelming. Taking a breath will be the best step to begin relieving the stress. Personally, listening to music, hiking the greek hill to look at the horizon, and talking to my parents in so cal is a great way to forget the stress. This article is a great reminder that although there will always be stress, we should always stay calm, take a breathe, and stay positive.

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  82. I just learned this in my Introduction to Kinesiology class. From my kinesiology class it is called the inverted-U theory. Basically and upside down U. From a range of 1-10 you want to be at a six. A one shows that the person is bored at what they are doing. A ten shows anxiety is hitting them and cannot perform to their potential. It doesn't have to be in sports. Procrastinators get this all the time. Some rarely reach their full potential and perform correctly. Anyways, procrastinators cannot perform correctly writing an assignment because they're stressed about time. When I played organized basketball, every game I had the anxiety, "people are watching you, don't screw up". If I overthought about it, I can't perform correctly. Being at the top of the optimal performance is critical, but maintaining it is even harder. I want to stay healthy enough to not be that one or be that 10. I want to aim for the five to six range.

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  83. Since the beginning of college, Ive started seeing more notes, homework assignments, essays, quizzes and deadlines. All of that comes with stress. Staying positive with a solid support system can reduce stress by plenty. Going out for a walk or a pickup game of your favorite sport is a very helpful way to get a deep breathe of fresh air and forget everything that has caused you to stress. This article was great to help college students know that they aren't the only ones going through stress and there are plenty of ways to prevent stress.

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  84. Stress is such a major topic especially in college. It can cause a person to be depressed and irritated throughout the time they are feeling stressed out. In college professors love to give you a heavy workload all at once and you can just have a mental breakdown. This is where time management is key and I suggest you plan out your entire day ahead of time to get stuff done. Staying positive in these situations come in handy ass well, at the end of your stressful day, award yourself with something you like. “If I get this paper done by 9 pm, I can watch my favorite show by 10!” Or you can count how much hours of sleep you can get if you finish early since sleep reduces stress and everyone loves sleeping. When I am stressed out I hate being bothered by people who cannot help me get my work done. I will turn my phone off because I know every time I hear it ring I will have the urge to check it constantly and it will cause procrastination that stresses me out even more! Sometimes stress can be good. When I am stressed I notice I tend to do my best work then, ironic. Limiting my caffeine intake? How will I be able to get my energy to beat all this stress out? Oh yeah, time management! Back to square one. Another thing I like to do when I am stressed is to spend time alone, somewhere peace full and quiet to clear my head or listening to music to express my thoughts.

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  85. Many people that I've spoken to since I've been to college has told me that COLLEGE=STRESS. I think stress starts when students begin to procrastinate. It really sucks too because over half of college students procrastinate even when it comes to the smallest things. "I need to straighten up my room in order to finish my homework, but I will do it in 30 minutes." *one hour later* "I don't feel like it so I'll do in two hours after I take a nap" By the end of the day you never cleaned up, which means you never did your homework, which leaves you stressing out the next morning because you only have one hour to get ready and finish your assignments before class begins. When I feel like I am about to begin stressing, I like to organize my life. I write a long to-do list and next to each task I like to write down how much time I am giving myself to complete that task. By doing that I prevent myself from procrastination, which leaves me stressless. That is the number one thing I do to avoid stress.

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  86. My first year of college has been the most stressful. The worst stress I have experienced, and this is only the beginning. I have taken 16 units my first quarter and have to work afford to commute and 2 hours everyday. Everything is completely different. However, I try to stay positive. I appreciate the small thing like getting into a beautiful university like the one I'm attending. To experience a new life style. Also, meeting the different people here. Some days are better. Some days are worse. I always ask myself the "what if" questions, but I stick to the present and keep on going.

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  87. Being a first generation in college it has caused me a lot of stress because I am dealing with things that no one in my family has ever dealt with. I find myself often so stressed out because I have no one to go to when I need help. It sucks to know that for a fact I'm not the only one going through struggles in college but seeing this post about ways to help with stress gives me a sense of good and positive energy to continue on with college. Although I was already doing some of the recommendations written in the blog, there were many tips that I found surprising. For example no coffee after 2:00 p.m ! That's when life is just rising, I usually can not function without coffee after 2:00 p.m but if it supposedly helps with stress then I am going to give it a try. Also disconnecting from my phone is going to be a hard one for me because I depend so much on my phone even when I am on my free time I am constantly looking at my phone for updates on my classes. If drinking coffee after 2:00 p.m and disconnecting from my phone weren't so difficult then maybe I would be a less stressed out person but would I be able to function properly? Anyways, looking at this blog was very helpful for me and it gave me a bit of a boost. Now hopefully I can spread the word about these helpful tips.

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  88. I agree with this 100%. After reading this, it gave me a clear understanding of what not to do when I am stressed. I have always been stressed out since the day I started high school until I got to college. I was glad I was able to find some tips in this reading because getting opinions from other people on how to cope with stress can be a bit helpful. However, "stress" will never leave your side because it is constantly going to be there whether you think it isn't. Also, I also feel that stress comes in whether you are failing a class, procrastinate, or even have too much on your plate. I have learned from others that it is best to take everything one step at a time instead of doing everything at once.

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  89. “Stress”, just hearing the word makes me sweat a little. The words stress and college seem to fit perfectly together, I can’t hear one word without the other. Me and stress just can’t seem to part, I feel as though I have gotten too comfortable with it, I live in a state of stress 24/7. I can be having a wonderful time just watching some shows, and then it hits me like a slap in the face, “Is that paper due today?” “Do I have homework?!” it doesn’t really help that these thought occur around midnight. 95% of the time that I have been stressed is purely because I have been procrastinating, then I forget about the assignment completely until I log in Blackboard. When that moment comes, I buckle down. When in times of stress I take a deep breath and push forward. I never overload myself to the point where I just don’t want to do the assignment. I completely understand that I put myself in the situation and now it is up to me to get out of it. At first I take a deep breath, and start getting some snacks, eating always helps with diminishing the stress. Then I make a plan of how I will get the situation handled, writing down steps on what I will do, really helps out, so I am not fumbling around. Stress is sometimes unavoidable, but when it comes to school work and procrastination, that is always avoidable.

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  90. Stress is something that everyone goes through in their life. I would say that most college students deal with stress because it is the time in their life where they have to start being an adult; finding jobs and paying for their own stuff. Staying positive is always good advice, but it can be difficult because people seem to make themselves feel down when they do not need to. As a college student, I tend to stress and worry about a lot of small things. For example, I will overreact and stress out if I am not sure what will be on a test, or if a professor is picky with how an assignment is supposed to be. I usually worry and tell my friends, but in the end they all just tell me to calm down and that I will be fine. And usually, that is the case; I end up being fine. One way for me to cope with stress in college is having a planner. Some classmates tell me that when they buy a planner they won’t bother to write in it later on. I feel like planners are something that you need to get used to or force yourself to use, otherwise you will be all over the place. If planners are not a good option, finding something else to manage your time better will help. Planning out what assignments need to get done on which days will help you not think about all of the things that need to be completed in one day. Staying positive is a good way to deal with stress, and telling yourself that you can do it is always a way to avoid putting yourself down. Sleep is definitely something that people should take advantage of because without rest, you won’t be as alert and you will eventually forget things. If anything, take a break between your works. Relax for a bit or take a nap, and then you will be ready to work again. It is all a part of telling your brain to do what you need to do, because if you are lazy and keep pushing things till later, then you won’t get anything done in time. I would say that I have never experienced being stressed to the point where I want to pull my hair out of my head, but I’ve only gotten stressed to where I want to give up and not do it anymore. I noticed that when I study, I make sure I eat because if I don’t, then I get a headache, and no one wants to do anything with a headache. I also make sure that I am comfortable; when I am at home, I make sure I am in comfortable clothes or else I will get distracted. From here, I would time when I want to take a break and section off how much I should study. Planning out what to do beforehand will make you prepared and less stressed about what else you need to finish. Also, students usually have a bad habit of procrastination, which tends to lead to stress. This is where you can start planning out what to do throughout the week instead of crunching it all into one day.

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  91. Stress is a part of day to day life, especially for college students. For most students it is when they start living on their own and/or taking on new responsibilities. They are faced with a load of school work as well as a bunch of social opportunities and sometimes work. In the journey to adulthood college students start juggling many new things that cause them to stress out when they do not handle them perfectly. Students often tend to procrastinate and because of that will sometimes do a poor job on the assignments due, resulting in even more stress. College is a time in ones life when they are constantly moving and doing something. It is rare that a student finds the time to relieve stress in their life in the ways this blog states. However, I think that we should all find the time to get more rest, think more positively, take the time to breathe, etc.. Your quality of life is much better when you're not stressed, happy and you've slept well. I know for me, as a college student, I am constantly stressed, constantly rushing to do things because I am failing at juggling the things in my life and managing my time and I think it would be really beneficial if I actually tried to destress because being stressed while trying to do things just makes it impossible to get anything done. Plus, I am much happier in life when I'm not stressed and I am able to complete all my tasks on time.

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  92. Personally, I know from experience how easy it is to fall into a spiral of stress and anxiety which eventually is accompanied by a breakdown. Its not fun and its definitely not easy. In the past, I didn't react well to stressful situations and if I'm being completely honest here, I still don't. The difference between how I reacted to stress in the past and how I deal with stress now is that before I would allow myself to wallow in the depths of it and now I fight it. With so much going on in our day to day lives, it is extremely easy to get stressed about one thing or another. The solution to stress isn't to try to run away from it or get rid of it but to cope with it in a healthy manner. One thing that has greatly helped me to reduce stress is to control my thoughts and mind. As the blog post stated, you must think positively otherwise you're going to be scatter brained and unable to function properly. Second, take a break. As you grow up, you notice how little time you actually have and what little time you do have is being spent on completing tasks and beating deadlines. You have to relax once in a while otherwise you're going to crash and burn. Find time within your busy schedule and dedicate at least three hours per week that are completely yours to do whatever you wish to do, even if that means laying in bed doing nothing. Thirdly, keep in contact with friends and loved ones. My home is seven to eight hours away from the University I attend so I don't have the opportunity of visiting them whenever I miss and need them. I do however have a cell phone that allows me to call them or FaceTime them which is what I do whenever I feel stressed and overwhelmed. Lastly, let it out. The longer you bottle these things up, the longer it eats you up. Find a healthy release. Whether its exercising, reading and writing, drawing, or even just talking to someone. It will make you feel better and help you see things with more clarity. These tips don't remove the stressful things in life because there will always be something or someone to stress over. What they do is lessen the stress and help recharge you so that you handle the stressful things in life in a better way so that you are able to enjoy life with a little bit of more happiness.

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  93. Going to school, taking my son to school, going to work after, go back to school, get home and start doing chores and then doing homework. That is the stress I go through almost every day. It's difficult being a student and a mom at the same time but I keep learning how to control it one day at a time. When I was in high school I stressed to keep my grades up because I wanted to graduate high school. There were so many people who stressed me out because I was pregnant my senior year and they would say I was not going to make it and I was going to be part of that stereotype. I know now that if I did not go through all that stress and hard times I would not be in college right now. Now I do stress out but it is not like before. If I don't get something done on time I know I can get a lower grade but it will be turned in. In times of stress you find out who is really there for you and who isn't. I have met people who stress about life but don't do anything about it to get somewhere in life. They way I stay calm during stress is be positive that everything will get done and everything happens for a reason. I rather feel stressed than feel depressed or feel like a blob of nothing. Stress builds great people.

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  94. I am the type of person that usually does well under stress.For example, if I have an exam say tomorrow I would organize my day so that all day i am able to study for that exam. I would not recommend this to everyone though because not only do I study all day that day, I also study a little bit everyday so I already know some material going into the exam. If I could give advice to an incoming college student I would tell them to try to understand the material while you are in class. I know sometimes we as students could wonder off and start thinking what we are planning to have for lunch, but it is important to stay on task so in the future you are not cramming to hopefully pass an exam. In my case I have learned to cope with stress through my family. Ever since I was about ten years old was expected to be able to clean after myself and the household when my mom would be at work. It is a bit hard having to balance school, work, chores, and being to even have a glimpse of a social life. When it comes to school it is my number one priority, but sometimes it is hard to focus because my family is always having some type of events going on. at times i have to miss out because of school work. I hate missing family events due to the fact that we are so close. Anyway some people can cope with stress; it comes naturally, but others just cannot cope with it.

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  95. I’m not a very calm person but in order to make sure I’m not stressed 24/7, I make sure I don’t over think. Many college students usually procrastinate till the very last minute to do their assignments which puts a lot of stress on them. Doing an assignment last minute makes you stress out because you have a time limit plus most students have to stay up all night to get the work done which makes you lack sleep. In order to keep my stress levels balanced I make sure I’m on top of everything, well most of the time. I make sure I have spare time to do a fun and recreational activity so I can enjoy myself. It is recommend to make sure you do a fun activity which keeps you distracted from others things that get you depressed. Sleeping on time and doing exercise helps relief stress levels but if you are really stressed, try to find a way to avoid causing unnecessary stress on yourself.

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  96. Gabriela Delgado
    English 1002-02
    Blog quiz #2
    5/04/2016
    This is so funny to me, because this is exactly what I needed to read. Yesterday was one of the most stressful days of my life. I had a lot going on, however I made it throughout the day. Now that I am reflecting back on how stressed I was yesterday I think of all of the advice that this article contains and how I was actually so stressed that I did get anxious throughout the day. I usually stay calm, but yesterday I was not able to, I had to work right after school, didn't have the opportunity to eat but only one meal, and that just made me be in a very bad mood. However, everything turned out to be okay, I was stressing out and anxious all day for nothing, I regret it because a couple of my coworkers noticed how quiet I was and how I was distancing myself from anyone. I'm a very social person, and I don't like being in a bad mood, yesterday was just not my day.However, in order to change that I will start to study little chunks of things every day, at least an hour a day, I will fix my work schedule as well, in order to be able to sleep enough hours to not be stressed nor in a bad mood the next day.

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  97. Although stress is something I go through everyday as a college student, I do agree with the article that stress can lead to successful results. From what I have experienced this year, I can honestly say that stress has helped me by pushing me to get my work done. I have realized that when I’m not stress I tend to leave my homework and studying for the last minute because I’m not overwhelmed with stress and anxiety. Stress helps by getting me to sit down to finish all my assignments. I try to look at stress as a motivation to do better and to get my work done, instead of looking at it in a negative way. The things I do to stay calm during stressful moments in school is I first stay positive. I think about how I will feel once I take my test or finish my homework. I also try to get enough sleep before a big exam, this has helped me stay focus and remember the material I studied. Overall, without stress I would be slacking in school and would be uninterested in the material.

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  98. I completely agree with the part of the article that says that stress leads to successful results. I am stressed 24/7 and lately its been getting a lot worse. However, I have noticed that my grades overall are a lot better when I take 17 units then when I take 12 or 13. I complain about it all quarter long but at the end of the day I keep myself busy and it leads to better grades. Stress also motivates me to get my work done because I know I will get to relax for few days before something else is due. I also like to think about how failing makes me more stressed at the end of the day so it motivates me to get stuff done.

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  99. It is important to have a good amount of stress in order to perform at an optimal level. If you encounter too less or too much stress, you become depressed or have an emotional meltdown. I believe that stress does lead to successful results. It feels great to be stress free after being stressed especially after midterms and finals. To help control my stress, I do things that I love like working out and enjoying nature. Also being able to think positively reflects on how you feel while being stressed.

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  100. In my Health and Wellness class last quarter my professor discussed this topic which is known as stress. Stress is something that happens to thousands of people all over the world and is a very common issue. It caught my attention how most college students face stress and is important to know how to treat it. Stress can affect a person wellness and it could led to depression or other factors. Some important advices that I do when I am starting to feel stress are taking my dog for a walk, listening to music, meditating, exercising and so many other things Reading this post made me realize that all these things being discussed are something very important and we often don't realize it. I usually always try to go out and look at nature, this calms my mind and relaxes me for a bit. I always try to think positively this helps a lot because it allows me to think, relax and not panic. Once in a while, I have this app on my phone called Calm, I would use this when I am about to go to sleep because they are soothing nature tones that helps me relax. All these things are very important because it could help a persons wellness and that is very important and I really hope most people could try applying these things to their daily lives.

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  101. Being a college student is very stressful. We have a lot of things to deal with and sometimes it's hard to cope with all the stress put on us. This article had great points on how to cope with stress. I relate to most of all them when it comes to stress. I believe when dealing with stress, the most important aspect to cope with stress is to be positive about everything. I am a very stressful person and so when I am usually stress I usually think positive thoughts and just relax and breathe. Thinking positive and being relaxed in a stressful situation is very important. It calms me down and shows me that I don't need to be stress about whatever I was stressing about.

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  102. Since starting college, I try to keep my stress levels to a minimum whenever there's new work coming up. However, there are days where I get stressed all of a sudden and struggle to keep up. As I read the article, I come to realize that I unknowingly do at least half of these things whenever I stress myself out, especially the first one, which is appreciating what I have. Despite having struggles as a freshman in college, there are other people who don't have the same opportunities as I do. Though stress is important, it doesn't mean I have to break down and cry. I have many different ways of staying calm, several of which is exercising and thinking about some positive things that happen each day, even if it's a small thing.Eventually, I start to think about what I was stressing over and wonder if it was something that was really stress worthy. While stress is important in order to be efficient, it's also important to find ways that people can use to decrease their stress, which can be beneficial in the long run.

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  103. To stay calm and not be stressed I do one main thing. Listen to good lyrical music. Music that gives a deeper message rather than listening to my daily music (which most of the time is negative). I try to only listen to that when I just want to have fun and be energetic. Listening to good music with a good meaning to it will help you think of the more broad picture and that will help you relax. Because there's 1440 minutes in one day, you can't let 10 minutes ruin your whole day. Just like if you had $1440 you wouldn't be mad if you lost $10 because you still have plenty more left and you can get it back. That's how I look at stress. Can't let one thing effect so many different aspects of life.

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  104. I've only been in college for about two quarters now and the amount of stress I get from all of my classes is no joke. Yes, I've figured out that I'm more stressed when I don't know how to manage my time to study and do homework. What I found out that helped was actually taking breaks in-between studying. I find that if I just study for a really long time without a break, it's not as efficient as taking a break every now and then. The second thing that works for me is that I try to stay as positive as I can because you can't go anywhere if you're just going to have a negative attitude about everything. I also like to sing to lessen my stress and I find it really helpful because singing helps me loosen up instead of tensing up from any amount of stress I have. The last thing that really helps is writing everything you need to get done in your planner or somewhere you've always looking at in your room or work (cork board, sticky note on your computer, etc) so you're not stressed with what you have to accomplish for that day or in a certain time frame. That's how I evidently manage my stress.

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  105. I can admit to overthinking and getting worried about unnecessary things that I subconsciously know I have no control over. When I catch myself doing this, I like to take a deep breath and think about something positive. After taking yoga this semester, I have gotten more used to blocking out negativity and really focusing on my bodily needs. I would rather spend my time doing something productive than stressing over something that won't matter in a few days. It is very important to have people in your life that you can vent to and receive advice from. Whenever I feel myself getting worked up over something, I tell myself to keep my cool because I know that the stress isn't worth it. I also like to go outside and enjoy nature and fresh air at times like this.

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  106. I feel that stress is necessary for me to strive, and actually push myself. If I am consistently in a relaxed state I will just be "floating" around, and not getting what I need done, done. I guess you could say that stress is where I harness my motivation from. However, when I do need to decompress I mindlessly watch episodes of The Office since I don't have to think, and can just laugh, and forget about all my worries.

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  107. I do believe Bradberry's steps are essential to mitigating stress in specific situations as well as in general. I do also agree that some stress and anxiety is important for motivation as well as it helps keep our efficiency and productivity up. Critical steps that I have had great success in is disconnecting from email/phone and relying on the already established support system. The latter proved to be a backbone during high stress moments while I served in the military. The support system will keep you focused and provides you help from peers when needed. Lastly I believe the most underrated step from above is getting enough sleep routinely. Getting adequate sleep daily will help maintain not only a motivated positive outlook on your responsibilities, it will allow you to be more productive and efficient with your responsibilities.

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  108. Reading this article I found it to be very interesting, I believe Travis Bradberry's insights about how successful people stay calm and stress free were really helpful in handling stress. Being that I'm in the last quarter of my freshman year of college I've learned to how to manage my stress levels much better, however; in the first couple of quarters I experienced lots of stress. Not only was it a new environment and surrounding for me, but also the amount of work and effort that was needed to be successful in my classes. Recently, to manage my stress I found myself praying and taking breaks in between whatever it is that's stressing me out. There are an unlimited amount of ways to manage stress, it may be different for some but it is recommended to find a way that suits you.

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  109. Frankly when it comes to stress, I was never the best at managing it. When I get stressed out, I tend to isolate myself from others and practically turn into a ticking time bomb. For instance, if I'm stressed out with piled up school work, I lock myself in my room all day. If anyone of my family members try to talk to me I get even more frustrated, so they tend to leave me alone. Lately though, I have been doing better at managing it only because my classes are spread out so I have more time for breaks to calm myself down. I started drinking more stress relieving tea which in my opinion is very helpful, and if I am extremely stressed out (which is rare now), then I go to my girlfriend's place where she helps calm me down by binge watching my favorite shows with me. So despite my history of exploding due to stress, I am doing much better with managing it which reflects well with my grades.

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