15 Things To Do When You're Way Stressed Out From School

15 Things To Do When You're Way Stressed Out From School

Relaxation 101: Take a break from life.

It's mid-semester, it's cold, and all you want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix.

However, there is a giant dark cloud hovering over your head constantly and it's called "STRESS". You got two papers, a midterm, a group project, study abroad apps, and you gotta declare your major. There's just so much to do and so little time to do it, and your mind is racing constantly and you feel like you just need to constantly be on the move and doing something productive. You feel guilty for eating and sleeping is just completely out of the question.

You're body, literally, will not function without coffee or some sort of caffeine. Taking Adderall crosses your mind once...or twice...or multiple times. You will do anything to just finish your work. You want that dark cloud gone, and you can sort of see the sun shining through the Netflix tab on your computer. You're so close. Sometimes you just gotta sit back a relax.

Here are some ideas to help you do that:

1. Netflix. Netflix. Netflix. Binge watch every show on earth. Just pick one and go go go.

2. Drink some tea...not coffee...tea. The warmth from the tea will suddenly spread throughout your whole body.

3. Take a nap or two or ten. I don't know about you but when I'm stressed I avoid everything with a nice long nap.

4. Take a really long, hot shower. I always do my best thinking in the shower, it really clears your mind.

5. Watch Ellen videos on youtube. She always makes me crack up and laughing is good for the soul.

6. Color. This is a trend and I'm into it. I recommend combining this with watching Netflix.

7. Go shopping. I have this really bad habit of feeling the need to shop when I get stressed but I always feel so much better after.

8. Watch music videos of hot boys singing..........this really helps. I personally enjoy anything that involves Harry Styles.

9. Stalk people on social media. I could do it for hours, and I know I'm not the only one who does this.

10. Go for a drive and blast your music and sing your freaking heart out.

11. Marathon your favorite movie series. I enjoy Harry Potter, Transformers, and Lord of the Rings.

12. Facetime your best friend that doesn't go to the same college and talk for a few hours. Sometimes it's nice to talk to someone who doesn't go to Holy Cross.

13. Go bowling. Grab a bunch of friends and just go to the nearest bowling alley and have a blast.

14. Read all those trashy magazine articles. For some reason, the latest celebrity gossip gives me something to analyze other than my English homework.

15. Lay in your bed and do nothing. That's always nice. Just be a potato and pretend that you have no life obligations to worry about.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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