Wednesday, December 15, 2010


As it is probably known from previous posts if you have been reading this, this is my finals week. Part of me is stoaked and part of me is beyond stressed. I have my last final at 4:30 and depending on how I do on it will be very dependent on the grade I receive. I really really really want to make straight A’s this semester and if I rock this final than it may be a possibility, but if I don’t that is one goal that I will not accomplish.

Stress will ruin you. It can be family stress, emotional stress, physical stress and even things like taking finals (all of which have recently taken a toll on me). Whatever kind of stress it is that you have it is important to try to find a positive outlet for relieving it. Don’t feel like you are alone if you are feeling stressed out (hey I am too), because there are many others out there feeling the same thing. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, every two weeks, 5.4 percent of Americans 12 and older (or more than one in 20 Americans) are in fact stressed out at this very moment that you are reading these words. They also say that more than 19 million Americans suffer from stress. Obviously this is an issue.

Stress can cause weight gain obviously and push us to eat foods we don’t need to eat as a means of comfort, but we need to stand strong and know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that whatever is causing the stress is situational. My best suggestion and outlet (since I can’t work out right now) is to talk about it and then you may see that it is not as big of a deal as you thought. Try to make a plan of how to fix whatever it is that has you stressed out, go for a walk and clear your head, take a break for a second to think, and also keep yourself surrounded with positive uplifting people. If you are in a stump they will be the one’s to bring you out of it. A few of my really good friends were there for me last night when I was stressed to the max (lots of stuff came up). They let me talk and then I felt a little bit better about that situation (it is better to be stressed about one thing at a time if you are going to be stressed). They also were funny and said things to make me feel better (this releases endorphins which are good for you).

The most important thing to remember is that no matter how dark things may look at the time and no matter how horrible a situation you are in, it will end. Believe in yourself and know that if God brings you to it, he’ll bring you through it. I just wanted to wish anyone else going through finals this week the best of luck and anyone who is stressed out (which is a lot of people according to the statistics) just remember some of the suggestions I’ve given. I hope that they help. If you have anymore, please throw them my way J


  1. I love your picture this post, it made me smile. Another thing that really helps me when I am stressed is to write... obviously you are already doing this. But I have one suggestion with the writing, I like to write everything down on a sheet of paper and read it a few times then simply rip it up to little shreds. It may not actually solve any problems, but it genuinely makes me feel as if I've done something. Have a Merry Christmas!

  2. I know I was looking for a picture and I saw that one and it literally made me laugh out loud so I knew it was the one :) That is great advice. Chrystle makes fun of me because I type up my To Do Lists it just seems more official to me that I've never ripped them up before though...this may just have to happen :) You have a very Merry Christmas too!!!

  3. Music really helps my stress level. I listen to something positive and fun or something calm and relaxing. Taking a few deep, cleansing breaths helps, too. I agree that positive people are invaluable. They help us put things into the proper perspective. Positive people encourage us, motivate us and sometimes make us laugh. Laughter is vital.