As college students, December brings many emotions. It is a time full of stress, anxiety, and excitement all together on the roller coaster of life that you will someday ‘miss’. With final exams around the corner and final projects due, who has time to think about anything else except final grades? Have you ever looked around and noticed how many people seem to be sick in December during the busy holiday season? Being full of stress decreases the body’s immune system because it brings a stress response upon you which makes you more susceptible to catching a virus and let’s face it, life is harder when you have projects due while you are sick.

Here are some tips on coping with the stress and surviving what’s left of 2019:

Live in the moment and embrace the chaos along the way

Grades are important and putting your best effort into your projects and exams is of top priority, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy life and live in the moment. When you are feeling stressed out, overwhelmed, and frustrated, take a moment and breathe. Close your eyes and meditate for one or two minutes to help survive the stress and help decrease your anxiety level. Even taking a moment to watch a funny video or read something that will make you laugh or smile will help put you in a better state of mind.

Meditate!

  • Find a quiet space
  • Close your eyes and breathe deeply to slow your heart rate
  • Focus only on your breathing-as thoughts come to your mind acknowledge them but try your best to let them pass
  • Start small-meditate for a couple minutes a day at a time that is convenient for you and add more mediation as you can fit into your schedule or when you feel you need it.
  • Here are some apps/helpful guided meditations: (Calm, Headspace, and Insight Timer)

Be Mindful & Let It Out

What does mindfulness mean to you? No matter what context you use it in, it means to be conscious or aware of something. During this stressful season it is important to be mindful of your feelings and what you are eating. Too many times over eating follows unkind emotions which further harms your body and decreases your immune system. When the unkind emotions buildup be mindful of how you are feeling and find ways to help you cope in a healthy manner.

Handling Emotions in a Healthy Way. There are many ways to help relieve the stress and here are a few examples:

  • Watch a funny movie
  • Get a workout in à Maybe using a punching bag
  • Make a gratitude list
  • Be around friends that help you laugh
  • Do some Yoga

From all the dining staff, we sincerely wish you the best on your final projects and exams and hope that you have a great break. See you in the New Year!

Written By: Rachael Omdoll, Campus Dietitian