A Stress Survival Guide For The Average College Student

A Stress Survival Guide For The Average College Student

Sometimes the word stress makes me stressed.

I think everyone can agree that they hate stress. The reason why stress sucks so much is because anything that is anything can make us stressed and we can't avoid the stressors (things that push our buttons). And it's not like you only get stressed about one thing at a time, you can get stressed about several things a one time. You can even get stressed by being so stressed out, it's ridiculous. Did I mention that it also sucks? While stressors are unavoidable there are ways that we can cope with stress or reduce the stress that we have, here are a few ways that we can reduce or cope with stress.

1. Problem-focused or Emotion-focused coping

A way to relieve the stress that you have now is by coping with it. There are two ways you could cope, problem-focused or emotion-focused coping. Problem-focused coping is when you change what you're stressed about, for example, if you're stressed about a fight with someone close to you, you will most likely try to talk it out with that person to make that stressor go away. We only really use problem-focused coping when we feel like we have control over what were stressed about. Emotion-focused coping is when we avoid what were stressed about by talking to someone about it because it is out of our hand to try to fix the stressor.

2. Exercise

Usually, when we are stressed about something and we can’t control it we get anxiety which leads us to get more stressed. Well, exercise can relieve your anxiety and give you more energy and it will get your mind off of what you're stressed out about. And by exercise I mean walking to, you don't have to run. I personally thinking walking is better because you can see the scenery that's around you. Exercise can also help you blow off some steam.

3. Sleep

Sometimes when we don’t get the sleep we need we get a little aggravated at everything and we just want to go to bed. When we don't get the sleep we personally need we tend to not be able to cope with the stressor that we get that day or we've had for a while which leads to more stress because we want to get over it. You don't have to sleep for nine hours each night but don’t sleep for only one hour because that's not enough sleep for anyone

4. Change pattern of thinking

I know it's hard to do but don’t think about what's making you stress, for example, don't make a list inside of your head of things you're stressed about because that's only going to lead you to be more stressed. Instead, make a list of the stressors that you can fix and fix them and accept the stressors that can’t be fixed because it is out of your control. Not everything we get stressed about is out of our control, a lot of what we get stressed about can be fixed in an instant.

5. Take time to disconnect

Everyone knows that thinking about stress makes you more stressed and then that makes you stressed out. Distracting yourself from what's making you stress leads you to be less stressed because you forget why you were stressed in the first place, well for a little while. Play some 8ball and get mad when you lose, it's better than being stressed.

6. Close relationships

Usually when you have a close relationship with someone you are able to talk to them about anything including stress. Talking about why your stress can relieve some of your stress. Or if you don't want to talk about it, you could just hang out with your friends and relax.

8. Be happy

When you're in a bad mood you seem to be more stressed than when you're in a good mood. Mood, sleep, and stress is all closely connected because if you don't get enough sleep you're in a bad mood which leads you to be aggravated and wanting to sleep but you can't because you have so many things to do so you get stressed. Getting enough sleep and having a great mood leads to less stress. And you don't have to actually be happy, it's a somewhat not known fact that even acting like your happy puts you in a better mood.

9. Control your time

The number one thing I get stressed about is time because I always feel like I don't have enough time to do things that need to be done by the next day (usually because I want to take a nap). Usually, you only schedule anything if it's a meeting or it's a practice but we never schedule what time were going to study for an exam or when we're going to write a paper that's due in an hour. But if we did it would help drastically, and help us be less stressed about doing homework.

10. Don’t worry about money

The number one thing most people are stressed about is money. We don't have enough money to buy our textbooks or food or to pay for our classes and for tuition so we get stressed because we need to pay for these things by a certain date. But money problems link with accepting things that are out of your control, you can't control money problem, they're very unexpected. Even rich people run into money problems, it's a part of life. We have to accept our money problems because we can't fix them.

Stress is a huge part of life and we need to learn to deal with it. These ten ways to cope and reduce stress will help us do that.

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right

In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"

35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?

39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"

I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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7 Reasons To Get Excited For The Orlando Fringe Festival

Aside from the obvious draw of 100+ shows to choose from, there are so many more reasons to check it out.

The Orlando Fringe Festival is a two-week performing arts extravaganza featuring all kinds of acts from this city and others. It is also the longest-running theater festival in the United States, so it’s had plenty of time to get great. If you want the basics on how to attend, there is an article in the Orlando Sentinel that breaks it down for first-timers. But as we gear up for what is basically Coachella for theater nerds, here are just a few more things to get jazzed about.

1. You’ll finally be able to support your artist friends.

We all have that friend who is constantly involved in some sort of production. Of course you’d love to go and see them all, but who has the time? At Fringe, there are plenty of chances to see a show, since there are performances at many different times for two weeks. And if you have a lot of friends who are performers in Orlando, then I have good news! They will all be in the same place.

2. Two words: food trucks.

There is pretty much no other time when it is socially acceptable to eat a bunch of fried Oreos than at a carnival or at Fringe. Carnivals seem dangerous though, so you might as well just hang out at Fringe, where it’s safe.

3. There’s something for everyone.

Even if theater isn’t your thing, there are more than just a few alternative options available. You can also find concerts, stand up comedy, storytelling, and a whole lot of things that will make you say, “I didn’t know that was a thing."

4. This year, planning is easy.

In their 27th year, the Orlando Fringe has introduced a new way to plan which shows to see. The Fringe-o-Matic allows you to input the shows you’re interested in and create a personalized schedule so you can make it to (almost) all of them.

5. You’ll never have to travel far.

Most of the shows at Fringe are located in or around Loch Haven Park, and venues include the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Orlando Repertory Theatre and the Orlando Museum of Art. These are all within walking distance of each other, and are separated only by a parking lot (which, by the way, is free to use). The only other shows are BYOV, or Bring Your Own Venue, in multiple locations in Orlando.

6. It’s not just local acts.

Maybe if you’re an Orlando native, you’re a little tired of the local scene. This festival includes production companies from lots of other states and countries, so it’s a great opportunity to see fresh faces and shows that are the best of their respective locale.

7. Things will get weird.

Even if you’re a veteran Fringe-goer, you’re definitely in for a quite a few surprises. Last year, I saw a Canadian male burlesque troupe led by a Justin Trudeau impersonator (caution: link NSFW), and it wasn’t even the craziest thing that happened.

The Orlando Fringe Festival runs from May 15th to the 28th, so it’s right around the corner. It’s all happening so fast! But if you’re not hyped yet, maybe you should take a trip to the beer tent.

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