Just breathe

The middle of the semester is in full swing. The stress of exams and grades is rolling in. We all need to take a step back and just breathe. We tend to get caught up in the stress during this time. It may fall on us like an avalanche, or trickle in like drops. Regardless, stress affects everyone in one way or another, and that is okay. Here are some reasons not to stress as we get over the hump of the semester.

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“Is your lack of sleep catching up to you and stressing you out? Taking care of your body is more important than any amount of work will be.”

You are here for a reason, and you have earned your place! Don’t forget that, because you DO belong without a doubt. You may feel out of place, and that may stress you out, but finding friends and groups that you connect with is easier than it may seem. We have so many clubs, organizations, and students, and finding your niche may take a few tries, but you will find your campus family with a little searching. So don’t stress, because it will come! And if it’s missing your family and home that’s stressing you out, maybe you will head home during an upcoming weekend. Remember that Thanksgiving break is just around the corner! You can keep a countdown to build the excitement, call or text to stay caught up, and don’t worry!

Is your lack of sleep catching up to you and stressing you out? Taking care of your body is more important than any amount of work will be. Sleep is essential to guarantee the well-being of your mental and physical health. Staying up late, consuming large amounts of caffeine, and trying to study or work are bad combinations and will actually raise the chance of performing poorly on tasks. According to Harvard studies, sleep deprivation can lead to many health problems, and can actually cause you to have a feeling of stress. A well-rested mind works more efficiently, and will actually help you manage and deal with stress. So for tonight, set aside your books, and get a good night’s sleep (6-8 hours preferably). Your mind and body will thank you for it in the morning, and it may alleviate some of your stress.

Did you get your midterm back, and not receive the stellar grade you were hoping for? Or did you walk out of an exam full of dread that you bombed it? This may be the most important time to step back and breathe.  You may feel like the world is crashing down and that this is going to affect you terribly, but please trust that it is okay. If it does turn out poorly, it isn’t the end of the world, and if it truly is going to negatively affect you, you could look into using one of your withdrawals if needed. Grades aren’t everything, they don’t define you. They don’t make or break you.

So breathe. Don’t stress. You’ve got this.