By: Hannah Tobin, @HanTobes
BREAKING NEWS: Stress sucks. Unfortunately, it’s part of life ,and in case you didn’t know, stress isn’t going anywhere. As we grow up and life changes, so do the things that stress us out. Whether you’re a freshman stressing about declaring your major, a sophomore stressing about finding housing for next year, a junior stressing about internship applications or a senior stressing out about entering the real world, we all have stress. With that in mind, there are 3 categories you can break your stress into, which will help you deal with it in the best way.
1. FIXABLE: Do, Delete, Delegate or Delay
(These are the things you have the power to change right now)
- Do: Complete the task at hand. Sounds way too simple, and with procrastination, this simple task can seem impossible. If you are stressed out for your test this week, sit down and study. BAM, problem solved. Now it’s not a guaranteed ‘A’, but it’s a step in the right direction! This is where you take initiative and get stuff done.
- Delete: If it’s not important get rid of it. If something is stressing you out and doesn’t need to be, get it out of your life. Again, easier said than done, but life is too wonderful to get bogged down by unnecessary stress. Ditch things that are bringing you down.
- Delegate: Find someone else who can handle the problem. Adding to much to your plate is a reoccurring theme for college students. As students, we balance homework, group projects, extra curricular activities, jobs and our social life. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves to spread the work evenly. Don’t offer to write the group paper when you know you have a lot going on before that paper is due. Have those around you help with the workload, you’ll thank yourself later.
- Delay: If you can’t do it now, wait until you can. There are some things that stress us out, but they are so far in the future that it’s better to press pause and wait till later. We can’t fix a problem that’s a year out. Much can change in a year, just refer to TimeHop. When the future is stressing you out, set it on the back burner, live your life.
2. GAIN UNDERSTANDING
- Not having the proper understanding of a situation can induce stress. We spend so much time fixated on not understanding, and over analyzing the problem, that it never gets solved. Next time you find yourself second-guessing a sassy text from your roommate, or interpreting your significant other’s weird comment, be direct and just ask them what’s up. You won’t be able to read their mind, so cut the stress and get clarification on the issue.
3. IT IS WHAT IT IS
- This is the worst category. There will be things that stress us out, and they are completely and totally out of our control. We don’t have the option to do, delete, delegate, delay or understand; it’s just there. The sooner we come to terms with this, the better. Stress is a part of life, but coming to terms with it and managing it will lead to a happier, better life.
Now if none of those things worked, just print this out…