Stress-beating tips from someone who isn’t qualified to give tips about stress-beating
DISCLAIMER: This is me reminding you that I don’t have a degree in medicine and/or psychology (yet)- just lots of advice that has worked for people I know.
(I’ll try to leave out the obvious ones. I mean, everyone knows you should eat right and sleep enough.)
So… It’s officially that time of the year again. You know the one. The one where the sun sets at 4 pm and the only thing looking darker than the sky is your future. Yup, it’s finals season. Joy. Well, I don’t know about you guys, but being a procrastinator and/or a perfectionist especially sucks this time of the year. From a certified perfectionist, here are a few tips about \ beating the stress. I know they work because I haven’t used most of them and I’m always stressed, so:
1. SLEEP WHENEVER YOU WANT.
Seriously. As long as you’re getting 6+ hours, it doesn’t matter if you go to bed at 4 am or 11 pm. As long as you’re not missing anything important (and most important things end before reading period), you can sleep into the day. Setting hard deadlines on a night will only stress you out- besides, no one else gets to tell you when you should be most productive. TIME IS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT.
… and how long I could listen to them for (each of them is roughly 2 minutes long.)
Nickelback x Miley Cyrus (or Hannah Montana… idk)
They say Hannah went off the rails, but they ain’t seen nothing yet.
HOW LONG DID I LAST? The whole 2 minutes. It was one of the first few I made.
David Bowie x 2Pac
Two classics that are great by themselves- and strangely, not that bad together. Or maybe I was just desensitised, because it was the ninth mash-up I’d made.
HOW LONG DID I LAST? Ashamed to admit it, but the whole 2 minutes.
Rihanna x Bob Marley
Exactly as horrible as it sounds.
HOW LONG DID I LAST? 2 minutes, but only because I was horrified into paralysis.
If you’re anything like me, you’re trying to hold on to these last days of autumn. You find yourself Snapchatting trees that stop you in your tracks, or picking leaves up off of the sidewalk to press into your journal. Your walks have gotten longer as your fingers have gotten colder and your sneakers are always crunching through the fallen heroes of the season.
What’s that? That’s just me? You, like, actually do your homework?
Visit the library?
Okay, well you’ll be feeling this autumnal nostalgia soon enough when the temperature drops below zero and the world is colorless and bleak. While most of the leaves have lost their luster, some remain.
To capture these the last of this season, I got out my angstiest camera lens and went for a nice little wander throughout campus ~a le flâneur. Fortunately, the sky was especially dismal for me to capture this deeply poetic season for your sadboi viewing pleasure (read: my self-gratification). I encourage you to track down each of these trees and sit under them for a while until you encounter some deep enlightenment or freeze to death — whichever comes first.
Without further ado or anymore obnoxious clichés, I present to you mediocre photos of trees:
These pure #nofilter trees truly capture the beauty of Ruth Simmons. Sit under them while wearing a scarf and reading Dostoyevski, and Brown’s camera guy will definitely put you in a brochure.
Extra, extra: Meal plan is a scam. (If meal plan is a part of your financial aid package, please read until the end.)
Here’s the meal plan situation by the numbers:
When examining these numbers, take into consideration that millennials spend an average of $237 dollars on groceries per month, which comes to about $2.67 per meal (assuming three meals a day). If you’re still not shocked, take into account that these numbers assume that you have no points or credits left at the end of the semester (which, I’ve never personally witnessed), and that you never spend a penny eating out.