What will be, will be. This is the hardest thing for us to wrap our heads around. If you fail that test tomorrow, it will be okay. If you missed class today, it will be okay. If you sat in lecture and totally did not understand a single thing the professor said, it will be okay. But it’s hard to remember all that.Stress eats us alive, especially with finals coming up. It is important to remember that after a certain point, we have no control. We can only try our hardest in life, and the rest is out of our hands. Coming back to school after Thanksgiving break can be daunting when you remember all the work you still have to do.
If you are like me, the more anxious you get, the worse you feel. This is why it is important to work on stress management. The most important thing I have been doing is trying to get into this mindset that “what will be, will be,” but that is harder than it sounds. So here are some other things to keep the anxiety levels down as the last few weeks approach.
- Be mindful. I recently learned about mindfulness. The whole concept of mindfulness is to let go of everything else you are thinking of, and just be in the moment. Sometimes, I get so wrapped up in school work, that I forget to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Some nights, I lay on the floor, put on this video, and try to be mindful. Mindfulness gives you the chance to breathe and remember there is life outside of school, or any other stressors you may have.
- Bubbles! Yes, bubbles. Whenever I feel the anxiety rising, I grab my bottle of bubbles, and start blowing. Not only is it fun and makes me feel like I am a little kid again, but it helps me focus on deep breathing. Deep breathing helps to slow down the heart rate and open up the air ways, lessening anxiety even further. So if you find you cannot sit still long enough for mindfulness (which is sadly me a lot of the time), I highly recommend bubbles.
We all have a lot of stressors in life, many of which stem from being a college student-an upcoming exam, a presentation, consequences of missing class- and we all handle them in different ways. I recently faced some major stress when I had to miss class for two weeks due to my illness. As you probably know, missing just one class can put you behind big time in college, so missing two weeks’ worth seemed like the end of the world. But, thanks to the tips above, I was able to take it step by step and start moving past it.
So whatever may be causing stress in your life, just remember-What will be, will be.