The Countdown

13 Dec

Hello! Hope everyone is enjoying this Tuesday! It’s rainy and rather blah here today, but luckily I don’t have to be out in it much. It’s a study day…and speaking of school, the countdown is on baby. I knocked out my two hardest finals yesterday (Chem and Psychology), leaving me with 3 more to complete before I’m D.O.N.E. Can I just say how absolutely ahhhhmazing it feels to be finished with chemistry?!?! Well, of course I still have more ahead of me with my dietetics major, but this particular course is done and over with and one major step closer! I can’t believe I made it out alive. In the beginning of the semester, I was 98.9% sure I would not pass the class and have to take it all over again next semester. Someone was definitely looking out for me! It’s hasn’t been easy…or fun…it took a few meltdowns and highly dramatic rants, but hey, whatever it takes right?

With everyone frantically hustling and bustling around, trying to finish up things before winter break, it’s no wonder that stress has been in the air. It’s also probably safe to say I’ve looked like this more than a few times lately:

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I’ve still got 1,643,438 hours left of studying…you think I have time for hair?!?

Luckily there are ways to deal and makes things a bit more manageable. Even if you aren’t a student dealing with finals week, it’s an all-around stressful time of year and I think we could all use a few tips on how to better manage ourselves.

My Top 5 Stress Busters

1.Β Imagine success. When you think of yourself achieving whatever your goals may be, you are actually more likely to have it happen in reality. The power is in positive thinking!

2. Move it. Even though things are crazy busy, I always make exercise a priority because it never fails to lift my mood and make me more energized and able to tackle everything on my to-do list. Without exercise, I often get very crabby and am not a fun person to be around. Even if it’s just a light walk, ANY exercise is good exercise and will make you feel better instantly.

3. Don’t Procrastinate. I find that stress surmounts very easily when I put off the things that I need to get accomplished. Think about how good you will feel once you get *insert task* done. If you get right to it, then it will be off your mind and you’ll be free!

4. Deep Breaths. It’s no wonder why yogis are so calm and peaceful. There really is something amazing about taking the time to just breath. It’s kind of funny actually; breathing is something that we have to do all day, every day to stay alive, but many of us get too busy with other things to really do it well enough. I challenge you to take just a few minutes every day to completely shut off your mind and focus on taking slow deep breaths. I betcha you’ll feel like a whole new person. πŸ™‚

5. Talk. Again, this seems like an obvious one, but sometimes I tend to shut myself off to the world when I get stressed and overwhelmed. “don’t talk to me” or “leave me alone.” Sound familiar? You may think you want to be alone, but actually you will probably feel a lot better if you let someone in and talk about what’s bothering you. You may be surprised to find that: 1.) getting things off your chest is WAY better than keeping things bottled up inside. and 2.) people want to help you. So let them!

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Life is too short to spend it being stressed out. Don’t forget to let go and live a little…scratch that. A LOT!

What is your tried and true stress reliever?

Kristi

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16 Responses to “The Countdown”

  1. Alexandra December 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    YAY!!!!! πŸ˜€ So glad to hear you think you did well on your two hardest tests, that’s awesome! I can’t believe break is almost finally here. And I thought he countdown to Thanksgiving was exciting haha πŸ˜‰
    Exercise and talking to my parents on the phone helps me ease studying stress. When I was a freshman, I didn’t handle my exam time woes very well, but now I feel SO much better about dealing with it. Just gotta remember it’ll soon be OVAAA πŸ˜€

  2. Meg December 13, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    I feel so…zen after seeing those pictures πŸ˜€

    Couldn’t agree more with the tips, lady love πŸ™‚

  3. VeggieGirl December 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    Just got home from the spa – that’s a stress-reliever right there, treating myself to a massage and mud wrap πŸ™‚

    • Sweetly Fit December 13, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

      You know my style all too well VG. πŸ˜‰

  4. dayglows December 13, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    good luck finishing girl! I think my hair has looked like that ever since getting back from Thanksgiving. Luckily it will be over soon!

  5. Chocolate Covered Sneakers December 13, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    totally agree with you that exercise is a GREAT stress reliever. I have finals this week as well and have been soooooo super stressed out, but getting out and going for a run lets me forget about those things for a while and puts me in a much better mood!

    I’d love if you would check out my new blog at:
    chocolatecoveredsneakers.wordpress.com

  6. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    Great tips girl!! You are SO lucky to only have a few more days! I have another week and a half! Can’t wait till college so I can have REAL breaks!!!

  7. Tessa @ Amazing Asset December 14, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Woo congrats on feeling good on those exams! I bet you did as well as you think πŸ™‚
    These are fantastic tips and some I could benefit from right now

  8. Sable@SquatLikeALady December 14, 2011 at 1:50 am #

    Woooooohoo! Sounds like a HUGE weight is off your shoulders πŸ˜€ Glad to hear it!

  9. Tara December 14, 2011 at 6:02 am #

    So glad the exams went well!! Exercise is definitely the number one stress buster for me. I love going for a long run, hitting the weights room or even doing yoga when I feel stressed out!

  10. Shannon from Healthiful Balance December 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Those are all great stress reliever tips! πŸ™‚
    When I’m stressed, I try to get enough sleep. Working out also helps clear my mind.

  11. Alexis - PumpedforPumpkin December 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    CONGRATS on passing your exams! They are so stressful. It looks like you have some great stress reliever tips! I always rely on swimming or just laying in bed and staring at the ceiling.

  12. Jen@foodfamilyfitness December 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    Ugh. I HATED Chemistry!!!!

  13. keepnthefaith December 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Congrats on doing well on your tests!!
    A good stress reliever for me is a hot bubble bath and a big cup of tea. Works everytime. Oh and snuggles with my puppy helps too πŸ˜‰

    • Sweetly Fit December 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

      puppy snuggling is the best and one thing I miss most about being at home!

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