Supernatural Helps Me Relieve Stress During Finals Season, And I'm Not Ashamed

Supernatural Helps Me Relieve Stress During Finals Season, And I'm Not Ashamed

“Pain is mandatory, suffering is optional.”

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December goes by very quickly, yet very slowly. There's that moment of, "Oh my gosh, its already December," to "Oh gosh, finals are next week!" December can be both a joyful and a stressful time. With the Advent season, getting ready for Christmas and that annoying thing we call "finals," there is enough going on to make one's head spin.

A few things that keep me somewhat calm, are baking (I tend to stress eat), supernatural videos, and especially music. I typically listen to anything from country, to folk, to classic rock to (during this time of the year) to Christmas music. Music and baking can be super therapeutic.

Supernatural videos that I watch fill me with the endorphins I need since I don't have as much time to workout while studying for finals. In getting those endorphins, I am able to relieve stress. Whether it is comic con videos, gag reels, or clips of episodes, working Supernatural into my day to help me get through the stresses of finals.

If you haven't watched Supernatural before, you need to go watch it. The show is in its fourteenth season, so for you procrastinators out there, it is worth it. I'm finishing my first semester of my freshmen year of college. I started watching the show at the beginning of the semester and have since caught up with the show.

When you need to relieve stress, Supernatural will always be there for you. It will take over your life, but it will be worth it. I love music! I love country music and many other genres of music. When I started watching Supernatural, I was introduced to music I may have heard before but was hearing in a different light, that made me fall in love with Classic Rock.

Through watching the Supernatural videos, I watched comic con videos where Jensen Ackles (who plays Dean Winchester in the show) sings various songs that I fell in love with. The show opened up my range of music. Music is a huge way I relieve stress. I find blasting music in the car to be the best form of relieving stress.

Sometimes I'll leave the windows down, and turn the music all the way up and just sing my heart out. I really get into the music and I really feel my stress melt away and time kind of stands still. Like my problems are a million miles away. The same feeling happens when I watch Supernatural.

Yeah, it can get emotional, scary or suspenseful, but for the duration of the video or episode, my problems go away. My stress is so so far away. And I love it. If I had a choice, there are days I wish I could just stay in those moments. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games said it best, "I wish I freeze this moment, right here, right now, and live in it forever." Those moments are away from my stress are moments I will always cherish and can always come back to.

If you don't use any of these three ways of relieving stress, then find ways that help you relieve stress and use them. Use them wisely. I'm not sure who said it first, but there is this quote that fits well in times of stress. This quote is, "Pain is mandatory, suffering is optional." Pain is kind of in the moment (i.e. stress), but suffering is long-term (letting the stress linger longer than it should).

Don't linger on the stress. Move on. Don't look back. Just keep swimming (Dory). Don't live your life with stress. Learn to let go on the stress. Be like Elsa, "Let it go!" Actually don't be like Elsa, because her life was stressful. Aside from letting it go, do the opposite of Elsa. Live your life.

Because you don't want to get to the end of your life and realize you never truly lived. Live your life to the fullest. Yes, school is important, but it is not everything. I said it before, but it is worth repeating. "Pain is mandatory, suffering is optional." And don't you dare forget to live your life and be yourself.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Meditation Is Not A Perfect Practice, But It's Still Worth Your Time

You'll thank me later.

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I began doing yoga a few years ago, and I instantly loved it. The combination of stretching, mental relaxation, and emotional release is amazing. It creates a sense of zen and peace in my life that I can use during the stress that comes from school, work, and everyday life. But the one part of yoga that I am not in love with is the meditation aspect.

I absolutely dread meditation. I do not know what it is, but I can never quite seem to get my mind to quiet down. No matter how hard I try, there is always a million thoughts running through my brain. "Did I finish that homework assignment?" "Am I breathing too loud? Can other people hear me?" I become so focused on other things happening around me that I just can't seem to calm down and relax.

But meditation is not about just clearing your mind and going completely blank. It is about focusing on a single thought, object, or intention and just allowing those emotions and feelings to overcome you. Focusing on one intention in your life allows you to become focused and re-centered. Meditation is not a set in stone practice, it is adaptable based on each person's needs.

There are seven general types of meditation: loving-kindness meditation, body scanning meditation, mindfulness meditation, breath awareness meditation, kundalini yoga, Zen meditation, and transcendentalism meditation. Each of these general types can be adapted to fit ones specific needs in that time. All seven of these meditations offer stress release options to help with daily stressors and inconveniences.

There is no perfect way to meditate. Meditation can also be as simple as just closing your eyes and simply breathing for a few seconds while focusing on one important thing in your life to help you remain grounded. There is no one set meditation type that works for all people. Some people enjoy all of the forms or even several of them, while others such as myself strictly enjoy the body scanning meditation.

The body scanning meditation focuses on scanning the body for areas of tension and to encourage the release of tension in that part of the body. Once the release occurs, the whole body can begin to relax even more. It usually starts by focusing on the toes and relaxing then moving up the legs, the torso the arms to the fingertips, and all the way through to the tip of the head.

My ideal meditation type is not for everyone. Playing around with the different types of meditations is the best way to find an ideal type of meditation that fits what the body needs. Unlike with most things, practice doesn't make perfect. Practicing the art of meditation just helps to refine the overall calm and zen that is felt.

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