Stress management is hard but doable

Getting stressed out isn’t a gain in life, it’s a vice. Illustration by Anthony Martinez | PantherNOW

Kailey Krantz | Staff Writer

Getting stressed out isn’t a gain in life, it’s a vice. Students need to take care of their stress levels to be at their best academically and personally. 

When you experience continuous stress, you’re more likely to get sick, sleep less and worsen back pain and migraines that can suck out your energy to do daily tasks. 

This kind of stress shouldn’t be romanticized for the sake of going after the grind

The workload isn’t going to go away and adding on more responsibilities than necessary is going to send you overboard— sometimes it’s better to take a break now and then.

It sucks that this is normalized as a part of someone’s work ethic – it’s prioritizing unnecessary pain over mental stability. 

Mental and physical health are intertwined with a student’s academic performance and we need to see the signs before it’s too late. 

It’s a symbiotic relationship that when both aspects are healthy can lead to being the best version of yourself. 

You can’t handle one version of yourself and not care for the other – that’s like being present 50% when college requires you to be at 100% the entire semester.

The stress of managing your classes can send you reeling since it can feel that one mistake can ruin years of planning and hard work to graduate.

Once the highs of anxiety are over, your mind can crash downward in exhaustion which isn’t great when you want to get some work done.

The summer semesters are a strenuous situation for any student to deal with. Though the summer is a time to relax students may have no other choice but to take summer courses. 

Instead of having 16 weeks to complete assignments, you have 6 weeks if you choose to do Summer A or B.

It’s great that the semester is shorter, but that comes with more work to do in a short amount of time, which amplifies the pressure students face. This jeopardizes how well a student understands the material because they’re focused on just getting it done.

Whether you’re online or in-person it doesn’t matter, we all face some sort of challenge throughout the semester. 

Despite everything, you are capable of managing the stresses in your life. The most important thing to remember about stress management is to not hold it in. 

If you don’t expel your stress into something therapeutic or hold your struggles in just to seem collected, it’s only going to make you feel worse. 

You need to talk about your experiences with friends and family. When you talk about it, you get it out of your system and they can offer you feedback.

Now is the best time to take charge of your stress. Your physical and mental health matters and you shouldn’t take it lightly.


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