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Yes, I Am Stressed

Why we need to stop denying that stress is a problem and promote mental health awareness.

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Yes, I Am Stressed
"Quick to Turn Away" by Maranda Russell

The middle of the semester.

The effects of sleep deprivation are starting to set in, mid-terms are in full force, and stress is at an all-time high. Looking back, I can honestly say I have done a pretty good job of keeping myself somewhat "together" up to this point. I manage to get good grades, participate in various clubs, and even find time to volunteer. When it comes to my life, everything is the way I want it to be. But one thing I hate to admit is that I have an overwhelming amount of stress in my life that I can't seem to escape. As someone who rarely expresses their feelings, I never really understood the importance of talking through my stress. It is easiest for me to put up a front, and pretend like I'm okay so I can avoid my feelings. When it came to dealing with my stress, I was more of the "it will pass" type of problem solver. However, after my anxiety reached new heights I knew that I needed to go about handling my problems in a healthier way in order to better myself.

Yes, I am stressed.

I am done trying to suppress my feelings. It is normal to stress out in college, and it's inevitable. I think the glorification of college makes people think that they do not have a right to feel stressed. This was certainly part of my problem. I never wanted to admit I had a problem because I thought people would assume I wasn't enjoying my college experience. Now after reevaluating my thinking, I realize this was a stupid perspective to have. It is evident that stress can have a huge influence on rational thought. Which is why it is important to understand how to handle stress in order to not reap its negative effects.

Stress is not one-sided. It is an ambiguous feeling that effects everyone differently. It is what makes us human, and unfortunately, it will always be apart of our lives. Instead of perceiving stress as a foreign idea, we should work towards normalizing the problems that come with being stressed out. Raising awareness for stress and mental health is something that needs to be done! Remember, asking for help is not an act of cowardice! It is very admirable to see people who want to make a significant change in their life. So, never be afraid, to be honest with yourself, and always work towards being the best version of yourself you can be! For more information regarding mental health make sure to visit:

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net

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