Manage Your Stress

By: Jamie Phillips

A part of the River + Stone lifestyle is being well-rounded and active, which can lead to an overwhelming to-do list. Not stressing may seem unavoidable with the amount of homework and life we have happening. It would be easy for me to tell you to get plenty of rest, exercise, and take a deep breath, but that will only help until your thoughts take over. Here’s a few tips that will take your de-stressing to the next level and allow you to finish out the semester with more control. Do it for yourself and the sake of your worry lines in 10 years.  


  1. Prescribe yourself Netflix

As cheesy as it may sound, taking time for yourself each day is a necessity. Without doing so we are running non-stop and will eventually crash. This “me” time doesn’t have to be sitting in silence alone with your thoughts. Our thoughts are scary and what overwhelmed us in the beginning, so I actually would not recommend that. Do anything that recharges you, such as watching Netflix for an hour, talking to your friends, calling a family member, going for a run down by the river, or taking a power nap. I used to say that I didn’t have time for any of this, but that’s a lie. We all have 30 minutes somewhere to dedicate to ourselves. If you are a planner like I am, schedule it into your packed day at a convenient time. 


  1. Stay in the present

Nothing can overwhelm a person more than thinking about everything they have to do this week, month, or even semester. Staying in the present and working on what is in front of you will help you stay focused and much more composed. Try to block out everything besides the current moment and project, and leave the worrying about next week’s tasks to next week.


  1. Prioritize

Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 3.41.27 PMSometimes you have to decide what is important and what is imperative. Some things need to be done immediately, while others can and should wait. Sure, you have a reading assignment due in three days, but you haven’t showered or slept in two. While I don’t support procrastinating, if it can wait in order for you to maintain sanity, then let it. Start by making a brief to-do list and organize what needs to be done today and what does not. Next, conquer it.


  1. Download to reload

There’s plenty of apps to download if you want to seek extra help. Some of the best ones include Buddify ($4.99) and Calm (FREE). These apps are mainly meditation focused, but do offer additional services. Calm walks you through the steps of mediation and allows you to reach both short-term and long-term happiness and calmness. This helps you completely escape all of your thoughts for a brief moment while your mind recharges.


  1. Use your Marist resources

Marist has a few really helpful options through Counseling Services. You can schedule a one-on-one weekly appointment with one of the counselors to discuss anything you please. If you want something a little more informal and less of a commitment like me, they offer workshops throughout the week. On Tuesdays they have a group stress and anxiety relief workshop from 2:00-3:15pm. They also have one-on-one walk-in hours Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00pm, which allows you to discuss any topic besides stress relief.

Visiting Counseling Services is something to consider, because there may be something deeper going on besides just a heavy workload. Trust me, I’ve been and it really does help to talk to someone completely unbiased in a comfortable environment. Take advantage of these services while you are in school, because having to pay for a therapist in the real world will only add stress.


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