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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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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In Real Life, 'Plus Size' Means A Size 16 And Up, Not Just Women Who Are Size 8's With Big Breasts

The media needs to understand this, and give recognition to actual plus-size women.

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Recently, a British reality dating TV show called "Love Island" introduced that a plus-sized model would be in the season five lineup of contestants. This decision was made after the show was called out for not having enough diversity in its contestants. However, the internet was quick to point out that this "plus-size model" is not an accurate representation of the plus-size community.


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It is so frustrating that the media picks and chooses women that are the "ideal" version of plus sized. In the fashion world, plus-size starts at size 8. EIGHT. In real life, plus-size women are women who are size 16 and up. Plunkett Research, a marketing research company, estimated in 2018 that 68% of women in America wear a size 16 to 18. This is a vast difference to what we are being told by the media. Just because a woman is curvy and has big breasts, does NOT mean that they are plus size. Marketing teams for television shows, magazines, and other forms of media need to realize that the industry's idea of plus size is not proportionate to reality.

I am all for inclusion, but I also recognize that in order for inclusion to actually happen, it needs to be accurate.

"Love Island" is not the only culprit of being unrealistic in woman's sizes, and I don't fully blame them for this choice. I think this is a perfect example of the unrealistic expectations that our society puts on women. When the media tells the world that expectations are vastly different from reality, it causes women to internalize that message and compare themselves to these unrealistic standards.

By bringing the truth to the public, it allows women to know that they should not compare themselves and feel bad about themselves. Everyone is beautiful. Picking and choosing the "ideal" woman or the "ideal" plus-size woman is completely deceitful. We as a society need to do better.

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