7 End Of Semester Stress Relievers

7 End Of Semester Stress Relievers

Coming to the end of the semester is always the worst, do not let it cause you to go crazy with workload.

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Everybody has to deal with the most stressful time of the school year: the last month. This is when all of the professors decide to cram all the last minute projects, papers and assignments they need to get in before finals. If you are like me and do not deal with stress very well, try to follow these tips on getting through this time of year.

1. Avoid all caffeine and alcohol.

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People always thought that caffeine helps them with their stress: this is wrong. It actually increases your stress amount and would make things worse for you. Instead of drinking caffeine or alcohol, you should eat healthy. Make sure to eat throughout the day, that means having all three meals and maybe a snack between lunch and dinner. Drinking water is the best thing to have with each meal so that you stay as hydrated as possible.

2. Try to be more physical.

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Exercising can help you become more calm while you are stressed. It will help restore your body and let your mind become more calm when you are only focused on exercising. You are able to forget everything stressful for a while and then able to have a clearer mind when you are done.

3. Make sure to get plenty of sleep.

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Being stressed could cause you to be laying awake with so many thoughts swirling around in your head. This could cause you to not be able to fall asleep very quickly, if a all, and you may get way less than 8 hours of sleep. Studies have always said that around 8 hours of sleep is the best amount to get every night, especially while stressed.

4. Try some relaxation techniques.

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Most people are able to relax in different ways. Some simply go with yoga and others need to do a lot more. Some people say that a form of boxing, or just hitting something, can help relieve the stress of the week. They are able to take out the frustrations they have about everything or if you do yoga, stretching may help relax you more.

5. Keep a daily stress diary during the stressful time.

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People have always said that it is a good idea to write down your thoughts if you are ever upset or any other similar way. Being stressed shouldn't be any different because you need to et your thoughts written down so that you don't keep them stuck in your head not giving you any time to think about what needs to be done. You can also use your journal to rate what was the most difficult part of that time to help you get better and not let that stress you out again.

6. Manage your time the right way.

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Having an organized schedule is great to have during any time. If you are starting to feel a little stressed, write down what you need to do and when each of them are due. Once you have that done, you can schedule certain time to work on certain things and then you'll manage to get them done on time. Do not let things distract you! That means, no going out to party until you are done everything that needed to be done.

7. Learn to say no to more responsibilities.

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There is always a time that someone asks you if you could do something for them cause they do not have time. Most people might agree to do that thing because they feel bad for their friend: you should not do this. They are not the only ones who are stressed out. They need to learn to manage their assignments like you so that they can get them done in time. This could also go for work. Most employers understand that you are a student and will not be able to work more, so your co-workers should understand this as well. If someone asks you to cover a shift for them, do not be afraid to say no if you have too much going on.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Coping With The Loss Of A Passion

It's hard to get it back once you lose it.

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In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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