A Letter To Stressed-Out College Students

A Letter To Stressed-Out College Students


If you're a college student and you haven't felt like pulling your hair out from stress, well, then you aren't a true college student. I'm going to start off by saying the most over-used statement ever: “We've all been there.”

College is, arguably, the best time in someone’s life. However, it can also be the worst time of someone’s life. Whether it be the transition from an ignorant high school student to an independent college student, or the heavy (and unnecessary) schoolwork, going to college is no walk in the park. Yes, college can be an amazing ride with new friends, parties, job opportunities, and living on your own, but it's also a major life shock. You are on your own, in your final years of school…talk about a mid-midlife crisis.

So, how do college students handle themselves when they're overcome with stress? There are various ways college students deal with their stressful workloads.

  • Stress-eating (that’s how the “freshman fifteen” actually happens)
  • Not eating (never a good idea)
  • Not sleeping (late nights at the library)
  • Having mental breakdowns every two seconds (been there)

Those are some of the more common approaches to handling stress, none of which are really effective or good for your health. No one really has the solution on how to not get stressed out. Unfortunately, it's inevitable to become stressed over SOMETHING, especially in college. So that’s where this article comes in handy. Here are some approaches you can take to manage and reduce your stress.

First, relax and breathe. Accept that you're stressed, and try to calm yourself down. This moment in time you are stressed, but you won’t feel this way forever.

Try to understand why you're stressed, and come up with a plan to fix it. For example, if you have a lot of homework to do and studying on your plate, make a schedule or checklist for yourself so you can manage your time, but more importantly, get everything done in an organized fashion. I know that can be difficult, but it’s worth a shot!

Meditation and/or yoga probably sounds silly, but they're especially helpful when dealing with stress and anxiety in life. Maybe sit in your room, listen to music, and try to zone out for a few minutes. Enable yourself to relax every day. It's important to give yourself a break. You're human, and you can only handle so much work at once, so if it starts to pile up, take your time with it and make sure to reward yourself.

Everyone has different habits and preferences, so the best thing I can say to you (again) is that overused saying, “We've all been there.” It’s okay to get stressed and be overwhelmed. It's a part of life, so stay positive and embrace the stress, because it will only help you for the future.

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The Eye Chart Couldn't Prepare Me For These 9 Struggles While Wearing My Glasses Or Contacts

"My eyes!!!" — that guy from SpongeBob

Like many people, I’ve been wearing corrective lenses for years. By now, wearing contacts or glasses on a daily basis is second nature, but sometimes, dealing with poor eyesight can just be a pain in the ass. Here are nine inconveniences that glasses or contacts-wearers know all too well.

1. Sleepovers

Whether you’re spontaneously crashing at a friend’s for the weekend or ending up at someone else’s place after a night out, nothing is more of a nightmare than having contacts in and no place to put them (especially if the person you’re staying with isn’t a contacts-wearer). Do you leave them in your eyes overnight? Throw them out? Run to the nearest drugstore to buy a case and lenses? This is always a struggle.

2. Contacts falling out at the worst times, in the worst places

The worst experience of this I’ve ever had was dancing at a football game (I used to be on the spirit squad at my university), and BOTH my contact lenses fell out at the same time, while I was dancing in front of thousands of people. I couldn’t see anything and had to go the rest of the game without clear eyesight. Convenient, right?

3. Glasses fogging up in cold weather

If you've ever walked into a warm building after being outside in freezing cold weather, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

4. Headaches

Nothing is worse than the excruciating headache that comes on after going too long without clear vision.

5. Wearing contacts on sleep-deprived eyes

More pain. Putting contact lenses in your bloodshot, dry eyes the morning after a late night of studying, work or an evening out brings nothing but stinging pain and even MORE bloodshot eyes. No, I don’t have pink eye, thank you very much.

6. Breaking or losing your glasses, or running out of contacts

We’ve all been there. Maybe you sat on your glasses (like I did last month) or misplaced them. Maybe you’re completely out of contacts and are waiting for your 1-800-CONTACTS order to be delivered. Whether it’s one or the other, or both, going without comfortable eyesight for any period of time is the last thing you need.

7. Getting ANYTHING caught in your eye while wearing contacts

…and I mean anything. Makeup, shampoo, dust, hair, dirt… whatever it may be, getting virtually any substance stuck in your eye while wearing contacts is devastating. Be prepared for nothing but searing pain that can only be resolved by 1. Removing your contact, 2. Cleaning your contact, 3. Rinsing your eye and 4. Putting the contact back into your irritated eye. Such a frustrating process.

8. Paying for solution, cases, frames, lenses, optometrist appointments, etc.

Especially as a college student, that extra amount of money spent on eye maintenance can add up, like needing to add an extra $10 to your grocery bill for contact solution or having to visit the optometrist after your prescription expires (when it feels like you just had an eye doctor appointment).

Speaking of that, nothing is more frustrating than paying for an eye appointment only to find out that your prescription is exactly the same.

9. Falling asleep in contacts

Again, we’ve all been there. I think this takes the cake for the biggest struggle of wearing contact lenses. Nothing is more terrifying than waking up and attempting to open your dry, crusty and irritated eyes only to realize that you completely forgot to take your contacts out before bed.

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It's OK To Check In On Yourself Too

When's the last time you checked in on yourself?

We go about our days going to class, doing homework, going to meetings, going to our clubs/organizations, etc.

Everything happens so naturally that we barely even think about what we are doing. We do so many things for others, but we don’t take too much time for ourselves on a day to day basis.

There are days where we just need to slow down, sit and reflect.

We think, “I don’t have time to take time for myself.” We are constantly busy with so many other things.

When we get so busy we get stressed out and it can affect our mental health. Sometimes we forget to make sure to check in with ourselves.

Instead of always asking other people “How are you” ask yourself that question.

Nobody knows you better than you. Happiness is having good pleasure, good fortune, and contentment. Always love the people around you, your friends and family, but don’t forget to love yourself.

Loving yourself is very important and can help yourself confidence grow and help you on a day to day basis.

Although you need to appreciate all of the people in your life and you should never give up on someone. You should never give up on yourself as well.

Always be thankful for anyone who enters your life, even if they do you wrong or if they are just in your life for a short period of time. Everyone crosses paths and is put in each other’s lives for a reason.

Don’t spend your time thinking about what other people think of you because it isn’t worth it.

One of the most important things is what you think of yourself. Be happy with yourself and be proud of who you are. Don’t be what other people think of you or what other people say you have to be.

If you are happy with yourself and if you love yourself, other people will love you for who you are.

Most days we don’t even think about how we are doing. Sometimes we don’t even realize when we are happiest.

Although it is good to reflect on the hard times, it is also important to think about all of our happiest times.

At the moment, we might not even realize how we are feeling. Later on, it is always good just to think about our day and see if we would do anything different or not.

Making sure we keep up with ourselves is one of the most important things and easily forgotten.

Everyone needs to remember to take a few minutes and really ask ourselves how we are doing.

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