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October 23, 2006 3:00 PM

Stressed Out?

It's that time of year again... midterms and papers are suddenly all happening at once, and I can feel the tension on campus as students are starting to get more and more stressed about grades and time management. Never fear! There are things you can do to beat stress and have a happy and healthy midterm season, without all the hair-pulling and nail-biting.

Of course, the number one thing we students can do to beat stress is STUDY! Sounds a little obvious, but it works, I promise. But if you're like me, you may not be totally 100% prepared in advance for those midterms and exams. I recognize that I can't do it all, but I try to prioritize my workload so I get the important stuff finished on time. Usually I try to keep track of when assignments are due so I can start working on the ones that need to be finished sooner before.. you know... watching more Family Guy episodes or something.

Another thing to remember about stress is that it isn't that great for your body. Too much anxiety and stress can affect your diet, sleeping habits, and behavior negatively. I try to stop and smell the roses every once in a while to ensure that I don't go crazy thinking about tests and papers... but within reason. For example, going to the gym for a workout is a great way to relieve stress and get your mind off of school for a while. Spending a little time away from your computer and work can rejuvenate you and re-motivate you into doing your academic best, so take breaks every once in a while!

And above all, remember that it won't last forever. You may have to sacrifice a few nights of sleep for that ESPM paper, but as long as you put as much time as you can into current projects, you'll have time later to recover from the stress of midterms. So GOOD LUCK and remember to study hard!

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