Midterm Stress

Are you experiencing “Post-Spring Break Stress disorder?” Me too.

Every day, as students we face many challenges. And those challenges can lead to stressful and uncomfortable situations.

We are so close to the end of the semester. Literally a month and a half. It seems as if it’s dragging on and we are drowning in course work.

Although stress seems… stressful, there can be a positive outcome with dealing with stress.

The negative effects of stress effect mental, emotional, and physical health.

Some symptoms are sleeping problems, anxiety, overeating, lack of motivation.

And a person should not embrace these negative effects but instead work on ways to relieve those symptoms.

One way is going to the gym. Instead of eating the stress away, take an hour out of your day and workout.

72% of Millennials say they exercise once a week or more. That is more than Boomers and Matures.

So we’re doing something right. We are taking physical health into consideration.

Working out actually gives a person energy. Instead of living off caffeine to stay focused, you can stay aware due to your endorphins giving you a natural high.

“I feel great after I hit the gym. Like I just did something to better myself. I feel more motivated and have energy to get things done,” says student Leslie Rodriguez. “When I’m not working out I feel lazy and guilty.”

A not-so-new fad is mindfulness (meditation/yoga).

Mindfulness is energy that helps us recognize the happiness that is already in our lives.

I got started with mindfulness last year because of WVU. I would attend the yoga classes at the rec. center. I loved it and began practicing it on my own. I soon discovered an app called “Stop, Breathe & Think.” This app has meditation and also offers yoga lessons. When ready to begin, you choose five feelings you have that day and that is categorized into options to help relieve those feelings. The lessons are very short, about 10 minutes and through the words of these experts, I am able to relax and reflect on myself for the day. When done, I open my eyes ready to face the world, understanding my feelings and how to embrace them.

I was able to contact a yoga expert in the Virginia, D.C. area. I asked her a few questions about stress relating to millennials and the benefits of yoga. Her name is Vivian Bell. Here’s what she had to say.

How can yoga help relieve stress?

“Yoga can help you temporarily unplug from the fast-paced outside world, by helping you connect to the present moment and what’s going on inside of you. The yoga teachings will allow you to feel more balanced, supported and grounded.”

Why it is beneficial for your mental, physical, and emotional health?

“By combining breath, movement and meditation the nervous system is able to let go and regain a sense of general wellness and support. This leads to a better feeling of vitality and aliveness whether you are doing warrior poses, downdog or a seated meditation.”

Do you think it helps millennials succeed in school?

“Yoga can help anyone including millennials concerned about learning and performing well in school. It can provide you with practical teachings to help you feel more focused, creative and energized. It can help you feel more confident in dealing with that special project, presentation or deadline that you have been procrastinating.”

Reading also helps relieve stress. It can distract you from reality and transform you into a new world.

In a study done at the University of Sussex, according to neuropsychologist Dr. David Lewis, reading reduced stress levels by 68%.

The month of April is Stress Awareness Month.  And they are offering free stress relieving E books. What better way to relieve stress than to read about relieving stress?

There is a way for everyone to relieve stress. Truth is, we are always going to be stressed about something at any point of every day.  Whether it be working out, reading, or mindfulness, relieving stress is simply good for the soul. And I always say this because it’s true, that we are human. Nobody is perfect and as humans we try to make the best out of our time and part of being human is dealing hardships every day.



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