It's The Most Stressful Time Of The Year

It's The Most Stressful Time Of The Year

"'Twas the night before the holiday season, and all through the house, my stress levels were rising, and I couldn't calm down."
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The holidays have arrived, and in typical fashion, much sooner than anyone expected.

For some reason, life becomes far more stressful and complicated. Suddenly, you have six exams, your work schedule turned your eight hours of sleep into four, you've got to start shopping for presents for everyone, and you haven't got a second to catch your breath.

I'm not sure what it could be that causes all of this stress. One minute, you've got everything under control, and the next it's all gone downhill. The holidays are supposed to be a happy and joyous time to spend with family and friends, full of laughter and cheer, not stress and breakouts and hair-pulling.

I remember being a kid and counting down the days until winter break. I'd sleep in, catch up on some reading or video games, and watch all the family come to my house to celebrate the holidays. Now, I'm cramming for exams, working more days than are in a week, shopping for Christmas presents with the money I haven't made yet, and trying to plan a holiday with my significant other.

Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we stress to the point that we just want to skip the holidays altogether? I'm dreading the drive home, but I'm looking forward to seeing my family, but at the same time, I want all of this insanity to be over. I haven't had the chance to sit back and think about what I want to do for the holidays. I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to try to make it to work and family functions while on my so-called winter break.

Holiday stress is so real that the Mayo Clinic has given a 10-step process for coping with holiday stress. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) shared statistics on holiday stress, which just further proves that this is one of the most stressful times of the year for a lot of people.

The year is rapidly coming to an end, and with it, is my patience. I've snapped at my dog for scratching too loudly. I've forgotten that I need to eat three times a day. I'll take a shower and dry off, and realize that I never even washed myself. It's like the holidays suck out all of my energy and leave me with nothing, because I'm grown now and have a lot more responsibilities to take care of before I can enjoy myself.

This holiday season has proven to be even more stressful than the last. There are leases to sign, classes to register for, dogs to bathe, clothes to pack, gifts to buy, apartments to clean, exams to take, and I'm still expected to smile and act happy because, oh, the holidays are here! I'm feeling more than exhausted, I'm feeling drained of the holiday spirit.

Maybe things will cool down once I'm home and with my family, having myself a nice, home-cooked meal, surrounded by lively decorations and good vibes. But I know I'm not the only one that's feeling this holiday stress.

Green Day should have changed the song lyrics to "wake me up, when the holidays end."

Cover Image Credit: Gorton Community Center

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11 Feminist Halloween Costumes You Don't Need Cleavage To Feel Sexy In

If you’re looking for the most scandalous outfits to wear this Halloween, this may not be it.
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If you're a socially conscious f eminist, you'll know sexy shouldn't be defined by anything other than what you make of it.

However, when most people type in "sexy Halloween costumes" into their search engine, they might be looking for tight bodysuits or something that shows a little more cleavage. Don’t get me wrong, I'm not knocking out bunny ears or mesh tights. However, it might be time to stretch what that definition means.

I've gathered a few costume ideas that are sure to make a statement this Halloween while representing some of the most iconic women of our time. So, here are the ten best Halloween costumes for forward-thinking women like us!

1. Rosie the Riveter

Who better to show that we are equal and can do a “man’s job” just as good (or better) than Rosie the Riveter? This outfit is bold and inexpensive. You may even have this in your closet!

2. Marilyn Monroe

"I am very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.”

More proof that you can be beautiful in pants or a dress. Embrace the beauty within.

3. Taylor Swift

“I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life,” Taylor Swift said in an interview with The Daily Beast.

Enough said.

4. Hillary Clinton

President or not I’m still with her. Just like feminists and activists before her, she has paved the way for modern women to stand up for themselves and have a voice.

5. Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony proved any woman could turn her dreams into a reality. She helped remove limitations and showed women to be fearless. Fast forward 97 years and women can achieve even more than. Yes, we still have more to accomplish, but we’re definitely nearing the horizon!

6. Amelia Earhart

Not only was she an American aviator, she was also the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Talk about goals. This Halloween, you can defy gender norms just like Amelia did.

7. Frida Kahlo

Surrealist painter Frida Kahlo explored the depths of her identity, culture, gender, class, love, and loss. Through her persona and her artwork, she defied feminine beauty and gender stereotypes in a time where women had few rights and were viewed as submissive. Who ever said you had to get your brows waxed anyway?

8. Birth Control

Hands off my birth control!

This might be sound a little kooky, but isn't that what Halloween is all about? This year, make it a point to express how you feel through your costume. Women need to stick together! So, let's dress up as birth control to remind the GOP we will not accept another restriction.

9. Wonder Woman

Adding Wonder Woman to our list was a no-brainer. She’s a crowd favorite, especially the way Gal Gadot represented her in the new movie.

Overall, Wonder Woman is a symbolic character that reminds us anyone can be a hero. The days when only little boys looked up to their favorite superhero are long gone. Now, kids and adults of any gender have a badass female superhero to fawn over.

10. Madonna

More than 30 years ago Madonna broke the barriers of what men wanted women to be. In a time where women were expected to follow certain rules, her attitude and bravery overcame those norms. Shoutout to "Hocus Pocus" for the inspo.

11. Rey from "Star Wars"

In "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Han Solo's new protégé Rey is loaded with martial skills anyone would admire. Daisy Ridley plays the franchise's first female protagonist with a strong feminist persona. Rey refuses to be defined as "just a woman" and is definitely no damsel in distress. Instead, she is a fighter, survivor, and all around badass.

This Halloween, don't just be brave. Be Rey.

Cover Image Credit: Beyoncé's Facebook Profile

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October Is Overrated, Let's Just Accept This Fact

Sorry, not sorry.

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I have never liked the month of October. I like the fall weather and the beginning of wearing sweaters in the crisp fall air, but I never associated this with the month of October.

October as a month for me just has no substance.

Halloween is not my favorite holiday. It never was, and it never will be. Yes, dressing up into costumes of your favorite television personas or movie characters can be okay, but I do not understand why this makes people go bananas for this holiday. The only good thing about Halloween is the "Halloween Town" movies that played on Disney Channel. I loved those movies.

October is associated with getting scared in mazes and haunted houses before Halloween. Maybe it's because when I was little, I went on too many haunted rides with my friends who loved them or because I am traumatized by the thought of scary haunted houses, but I never have liked the appeal of being scared either. Why do people voluntarily want to be scared by others in corn mazes, houses, or jails? I just never understood the love for that state of mind. Forget about scary movies, I avoid them at all costs. The Sunday scaries scare me enough.

Pumpkin spice anything is also disgusting. Pumpkin carving is fun as well as apple picking, but I associate these activities with the season of fall. The smell of pumpkin candles or the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks just makes me upset. I never understood the love for pumpkin flavoring. Maybe, I just don't understand it, but gingerbread cookie flavors taste amazing and the smell of Christmas trees beats the smell of pumpkin in every way.

Sorry, October. I know so many people who consider you the best month of the year, but personally, I disagree. November and December are way better months overall than you. You are overrated.

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