My New Stress-Free Lifestyle Is Paying Off During Finals Season

My New Stress-Free Lifestyle Is Paying Off During Finals Season

Finals season has arrived but this time I am equipped for the storm!

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I know some of you have clicked on this article expecting to find a listicle filled with tips on how not to stress during finals. Sorry to disappoint or sound "cliche," but my only tip is literally:

DON'T STRESS!

This year, I have made it my sole purpose in life to not let myself get stressed over anything. It wasn't a "New Year's resolution" or anything, I just woke up one day and decided I was tired of letting things, big or small, stress me out. It sounded easy when I first proposed this mission to myself, but it soon proved to be very difficult.

As college students, we adopt stress as if it's a natural emotion when in reality, it is one of the unhealthiest things to do. Stress can cause migraines, nausea, anxiety, fatigue, chest pain, and much more. We hear stories all the time of students passing out during finals week, or having panic attacks.

College should not put students' health at risk.

Yes, we want to be successful, and yes, we might have to sacrifice some things to do so, but health should never be one of those things. Therefore, I promised myself that I would no longer let school stress me out, and I just eventually applied it to the rest of my life as well.

When I feel overwhelmed or like I am losing control of things happening in my life, I give myself a "me" day. This day can include anything from sleeping all day to running errands, cleaning, or pampering myself for a couple of hours. Sometimes I don't even make it a whole day, but the point is to take a moment to breathe so that it doesn't turn into stress.

I encourage everyone, not just students, to consider giving yourself some "me" time. I guarantee you it will make all the difference in your level of stress. Now, I listen and watch my friends stress over finals, and I am so glad I have learned to balance it out. I am human, so of course, I still experience some stress. But it is really just about acknowledging it and figuring out how to prevent it from having serious effects on your mind and body.

So my friends, from one college student to another, have a stress-free finals season!

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To The Defeated Nursing Major, You'll Rise

You'll rise because every single day that you slip on your navy blue scrubs and fling your pretty little stethoscope around your neck, the little girl that you once were with the dream of saving lives someday will be silently nudging you to keep going.

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You will have weeks when you are defeated. Some mornings you won't be able to get out of bed and some days you won't be able to stop crying enough to go to class. You'll feel like nobody understands the stress that you are under, and you have absolutely nobody to talk to because they either don't get it or are dealing with their own meltdowns. There will be weeks that you want to change your major and give up on the whole thing. But, you'll rise.
You will miss football games, concerts, and nights out with the girls. There will be stretches of two or more weeks you'll go without seeing your mom, and months where you have to cancel on your best friend 4+ times because you have too much studying to do. There will be times where no amount of "I'm sorry" can make it up to your little brother when you miss his big football game or your grandparents when you haven't seen them in months. But, you'll rise.

You will have patients who tell you how little they respect nurses and that you won't be able to please no matter how hard you try. You will have professors who seem like their goal is to break you, especially on your bad days. You will encounter doctors who make you feel like the most insignificant person on the planet. You will leave class some days, put your head against your steering wheel and cry until it seems like there's nothing left to cry out. But, you'll rise.

You will fail tests that you studied so hard for, and you will wing some tests because you worked too late the night before. You will watch some of the smartest people you've ever known fail out because they simply aren't good test-takers. You will watch helplessly as your best friend falls apart because of a bad test grade and know that there is absolutely nothing you can do for her. There will be weeks that you just can't crack a smile no matter how hard you try. But, you'll rise.

You'll rise because you have to — because you've spent entirely too much money and effort to give up that easily. You'll rise because you don't want to let your family down. You'll rise because you're too far in to stop now. You'll rise because the only other option is failing, and we all know that nurses do not give up.

You'll rise because you remember how badly you wanted this, just three years ago as you were graduating high school, with your whole world ahead of you. You'll rise because you know there are people that would do anything to be in your position.

You'll rise because you'll have one patient during your darkest week that'll change everything — that'll hug you and remind you exactly why you're doing this, why this is the only thing you can picture yourself doing for the rest of your life.

You'll rise because every single day that you slip on your navy blue scrubs and fling your pretty little stethoscope around your neck, the little girl that you once were with the dream of saving lives someday will be silently nudging you to keep going.

You'll rise because you have compassion, you are selfless, and you are strong. You'll rise because even during the darkest weeks, you have the constant reminder that you will be changing the world someday.

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The Nike Controversy that Makes no Sense

Nike has been facing backlash recently, for reasons I just cannot understand.

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Nike recently released a plus sized workout clothing line, equipped with beautiful plus size mannequins to advertise their brand. Instead of many in the fitness community rejoicing in this milestone, Nike is facing criticism because people believe that Nike is portraying unhealthy weight standards to their customers.

These individuals believe that the size that is portrayed by Nike's mannequins is obese, and as a result, is telling others that being a size like that is okay. Yet, the mannequins that are usually portrayed in Nike's stores, rarely represent body types of real people.

As I read these comments, I thought to myself – are these people crazy? Think about the men and women who have spent months, maybe even years, trying to lose enough weight just to fit into Nike's plus sized brand! As well, bigger women deserve clothes to work out in. It should not matter if they are "obese" they are working towards a healthier lifestyle.

The backlash being faced by Nike is the mentality that prevents many from even joining a gym. I can completely understand the fear an individual experiences when entering the gym, surrounded by people who look like fitness gods, and you feel like everybody is judging you. As if you do not belong in a gym.

I will never understand how creating more barriers for individuals will motivate others to exercise. In my own opinion, attractive workout clothes are more than enough to motivate me to get to the gym!

Do not let the mentality of fat-shaming, and others fear of a little jiggle prevent you from flaunting Nike's new style, and creating a healthier lifestyle for you

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