exercise

It’s no secret that college can be incredibly stressful, especially during the time of finals and thinking about what you’re going to do with your summer. Alleviating this stress is important, and it is even more important that you do this in a healthy way. While hiding in your bed and eating junk food may be tempting, doing that every single day will eventually just lead to even more stress and feelings of depression.

Exercise is one of the best stress relievers out there: you get to vent your frustrations on equipment instead of people, and the endorphins you receive during exercise boost your mood and concentration! You don’t necessarily have to utilize your university gym to get these effects; you can just start running or playing pick-up ball with your friends. If you do decide to go to the gym, take advantage of all it has to offer. Many university gyms offer swimming pools, exercise classes, equipment for tennis courts or racquetball courts, and a variety of cardio and weightlifting equipment. There is something for everyone, no matter what you’re interested in.

The best way to keep yourself interested and your stress levels low is to change up your form of physical activity. Swimming might be your favorite, but doing it every day can eventually become monotonous. Try doing a dance class or weightlifting class every few days to keep your body and mind guessing. While you might not be interested in working out at first, give it a try the next time you’re feeling stressed. You might find the benefits greatly outweigh the effort it takes to get to the gym.

IT’S THE END OF THE SEMESTER ALREADY?! I STILL HAVE SO MUCH WORK TO DO!

We’ve all been there. No matter how hard we try to be productive, our best friend–procrastination always comes knocking at our door asking to play. How do we manage?

Check out this awesome link with 12 tips on aceing our finals. Keep these in mind for midterms in the Spring semester.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/01/study-tips-for-exams-12-ways-to-ace-your-finals_n_789731.html#s193495&title=Study_In_Chunks

Good Luck!

Sometimes we begin friendships in college and suddenly they seem to be falling apart–always around the most stressful time of the semester too, mind you. So what do you do when your friend the hall stops saying yes to grab a meal and the guy from your Chemistry class stops wanting to study? REASSESS! It sounds harsh, but it needs to be done.

I have a friend whom is very dear to my heart. We’ve known each other for three years. I am ALWAYS there for her when she needs me, even if I’m working I do my best. I know she appreciates it, but there have been times where she hasn’t been that good of a friend to me. Sometimes I have to reevaluate and reassess our friendship. When I do, I ask myself “Am I using her to benefit anything? Is she using me to gain anything? Do I hang out with her when there is no one else around? Do I feel bad after being around her?” Asking yourself these questions makes you check in with reality every so often. You don’t want to hurt anyone and don’t want someone hurting you. So take a step back, reassess your friendships and move forward with the semester. It’s sure to be a great one!

Sometimes college can get really stressful. With full course loads, managing new friendships, old relationships with family and friends back home, dating, along with the various other aspects of college life, it’s no wonder that college aged students get stressed out. It’s something to keep our eyes out for. When we start to see the signs of stress approaching, it is always great to try and stop them in their tracks. Reference The Freshman Survival Guide for tips on relieving stress.

As a senior, I am constantly worrying about the next assignment due, the assignments due for my other courses, my job deadlines, etc. One thing I forget to do is live in the present. It’s great to be organized and prepared for your academics, just don’t forget to live a little! Enjoy the fall weather and go Apple or Pumpkin picking with some friends. Visit a Haunted House or just enjoy the nice, crisp fall weather and go for a walk.

Just remember to enjoy life and try not to stress. If you are still stressing, don’t hesitate to comment the blog or email the Interactive RA team.