The 12 Stresses of Stressmas

The 12 Days Of 'Stressmas' As Told By The Stressed Out College Student

The 12 days of Christmas are no longer.

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You may have heard of the 12 days of Christmas, but today we're going to talk about the 12 stresses of "Stressmas".

What is "Stressmas" you may ask?

Stressmas is the time period beginning the day after Thanksgiving right up until Christmas. As the end of the semester comes to an end, Stressmas begins and amplifies college students' stress levels. This is the time when all last minute assignments and projects are due along with finding enough time to let yourself breath before you go insane.

If you're dealing with stress this Stressmas then take a moment to sit back, relax, grab your hot cocoa or pumpkin spice latte because at this point in the semester, you're going to need it.

 1. Having to go back home

You'd think that most college students would love the idea of going back home for the holidays. However, I know quite a few college students who enjoy being away from home that much that they'd rather not go home at all. Going back home can cause you to stress about losing that sense of freedom you have while away at school. And did I mention how much packing you have to do to prepare for the long trip home?

2. Dealing with "that" family member

Going back home can be even worse when you have to deal with that one problematic family member. You know the one that I'm talking about. Every family has one. Although having to deal with them might make you regret coming back home, it's up to you to be the bigger person and put on a smile. Who doesn't love some family drama, am I right?

3. Buying gifts on a tight ass budget

If there is one thing college students are always stressing about, it's money. Since this time of year makes everyone broke, college students are going to stress even more about having to buy gifts for their families and friends. Making minimum wage isn't enough when you want to please everyone. Thank God, for dollar store holiday cards.

4. One word, six letters: finals

F is for Feeling 100% done. I is for I want to drop out. N is for no way am I going to pass this. A is for are we really still having finals? L is for Look, I just want to graduate. S is for Stop - just make it stop.

5. Grades

With the glory of finals, comes the glory of finding out your final grades after a stressful semester. As if we don't have a million other things to worry about this time year, why not add the anticipation of wondering what grades we got?

6. Not being able to buy EVERYONE a gift

As I said, ya girl and millions of other college students are on a strict budget. Because we make minimum wage or close to that, there's a sad reality that not everyone is going to make your Christmas list this year. But, that's okay! That's where your creativity comes into play. By making gifts from scratch, yes people will know how broke you are, but it's the thought that counts, right?

7. Realizing you're getting older

Christmastime as an adult is so depressingly different than Christmastime as a kid. Growing up, Christmas was the one holiday I'd be the most excited for. From putting up decorations to spending time with family, there wasn't anything I loved more. As I've gotten older, that Christmas "feeling" has changed so much to where Christmas doesn't even feel like Christmas anymore.

8. Not being in the holiday spirit

Because we are getting older, that might mean the holidays just aren't as exciting as they used to be. But, who's to say that we can't create a new meaning of excitement for Christmas as adults? Don't be a Grinch.

9. Going back to your old job back home.

Having to work around the holidays can be quite stressful. If you're going back to work over winter break, then you know how difficult it may be to manage time to see everyone you'd like to see. Christmas doesn't feel as special when you have to work.

10. Spending your holidays with your significant other's family for the first time.

Spending the holidays with your significant other is a big step in a relationship. Being brought into their family and their traditions makes your relationship seem that much more serious. If you're spending the holidays for the first time with your significant other and it's on your Stressmas list, it's going to be okay. Just be the amazing person you are and prove to them how great you are with your significant other. It's all about making a good first impression.

11. Getting everything done in time.

While having to study for finals, travel, shop, and spend time with your family, you feel as though you don't have any time for anything. Trying to get everything done in time can make you feel like you're about to have a mental breakdown, but taking it one step at a time can ease that stress.

12. Being away from your best friends at school.

If there is one thing I miss when I go back home for winter break, it's the time I get to spend with my friends back at school. These are the people you see almost everyday that have become like a family to you in a way. That's why God created FaceTime.

Even though Stressmas sucks, when it's all done and over with, all of that stress was worth it.

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.
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Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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To Those Who Feel The Need To Tear Down Others, Take A Seat

You have no right to hurt others because you don’t agree with them.

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I would just like everyone to know that the people that write for this amazing company are just that — people. They are real, they have opinions, and they have feelings. There is nothing different about them than you. Would you like someone commenting hate on your Facebook post or anything like that? No, no you wouldn't. When you comment rude things on something that someone worked long and hard on, you are just being rude and inconsiderate of their feelings.

If you just go to the comments to leave a rude comment, you can write it down on a piece of paper and throw it away. You're being a bully. These writers more than likely will go to the comment section, just like I did, and will be hurt by your arrogant, inappropriate comments.

Ever heard of if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all.

If you don't agree with me that's fine, but that doesn't give you the right to deliberately go and try and tear me or anyone else down. You're just being rude and you have no reason to be, all I did was write an article on something I believe in.

Also, don't let anyone rude enough to do this tear you down or diminish your self-worth. There are people out there who are still kind and caring, don't listen to the negativity this world brings. Just keep doing what makes you happy, because in the end, that's all that really matters.

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