Tag: Stress

College Hobbies

College Hobbies

College is such a busy time it’s easy to forget that you need to set aside time to relax and de-stress. Many of the students I know have hobbies for this exact reason.

In the past, the only hobby I’ve had to help me de-stress was running. It is one of the best ways to clear your mind, not to mention the health benefits. But this semester I wanted to try something new. So I turned to guitar!

Surprisingly, a lot of my friends at Loyola are really good at playing the guitar. I’ve always envied their talents and when telling a friend this, he asked me why I don’t play. I realized that there was no reason for me not to try and he told me he would help me and give me lessons. So here I am, a few weeks into the semester, and I feel like I have already learned a ton!

Luckily my friend who is giving me lessons is as serious about this as I am and he is always on my case about practicing. It can be really hard to force myself to set aside time when time is already such a valuable thing in college. But I’ve found that playing is something I really enjoy and it helps take away some of the pressure that I put on myself during the rest of the day.

My roommates all have their own hobbies as well. I have a roommate who knits, two on the cross country team, and one who reads during every free second that she has.

It’s really important to have time during the week to dedicate to hobbies. I have found that, although it it takes time away from my other commitments, it helps me feel better overall. So pick up a hobby or try something new, I promise it will be rewarding!

Busy Bee!

Busy Bee!

Hey guys!

Sorry my blogging has been seriously lacking in the past month. Remember when I said that things were going kind of slow?

Since then, my life has been CrAzY! (Yes, it has been so crazy that letters of the word crazy need to be alternated between capital and lowercase to emphasize this.)

Immediately following fall break, I had to complete the following:

– 1 blog (I was supposed to write a few more. Whoops…)

– 3 midterm examinations

– 4 written critiques

– 1 eight page short story

– 3 overnight shifts

– 1 Alpha Sigma Nu induction

– 1 Alpha Phi Omega board meeting/1 chapter meeting

– 2 pharmacology case studies

– 31 pharmacology drug cards

– 1 Chicago Ideas Week speech

YIKES. I still don’t know how I managed to do all that within a week’s time and not lose my job or fail out of school.

I do know that I spent the majority of the week looking like this:

Tard the Grumpy Cat, looking pretty grumpy at the clock!

I also had a minor epiphany in which I realized that I can’t please everyone and agreeing to perform favors that I don’t have to do helps no one.

With that in mind, I just cut back my work hours and am taking a mental health break by spending Halloweekend with my friends at University of Michigan!

So get ready for a bunch happy, less stress filled updates! It’s going to be awesome!

Picture of Tard the Grumpy Cat Attributed to Tabatha Bundesen

It’s The Little Things

It’s The Little Things

We all know a version of the saying, “Enjoy the little things in life” or “It’s the little things that matter.”

Well that could not be more true for me today. After a stressful day of classes, I walked home and dug in my backpack for my keys. This took much longer than it should have because I was making a mental to-do list of the colossal amount of homework I have to do tonight. I got frustrated and had to take a deep breath to remind myself to go slow and look diligently.

I dove my hand back into my backpack for another try and felt my keys right away. I pulled them out and upon seeing them I smiled. On my keys is a picture of Ariel, Flounder, and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid (my FAVORITE movie).

For a brief moment all of the stress of classes and homework were in the back of my mind and I was able to pause and smile at the keys while good memories from the movie played in my head.

It was just this little thing, this picture of the Little Mermaid, that gave me a smile and a reminder not to worry so much about the bigger stuff.

Have you ever seen cooler keys in your life?
The Great Escape

The Great Escape

I wish I could write something witty and eloquent about my week and upcoming weekend, but I just don’t have it in me.

This week I had a lab practical, a lab¬†competency¬†and an anatomy exam. While I get a brief two hour break this afternoon, I work three 8 hour shifts at the hospital (from 3 pm – 11:30 pm) tonight, Saturday and Sunday, meaning that I don’t really get to relax this weekend, especially because I have to study for my two upcoming tests next week.

While I love nursing more than anything else in the world, sometimes I just want to run away from school for a few days.

Recently, I came across the following article at Thought Catalog:

5 Fantasy Exit Strategies by Courtney Preiss

Besides being extremely rhetorically pleasing, the article put into words everything I was feeling.

And while, at the end of the day, I don’t think I’d change my sleep deprived, nursing obsessed, over worked, social life lacking life for anything, it’s definitely fun to fantasize…

…as long as I go back to studying as soon as I’m done! ūüėÄ

Kitty Cat Cuteness

Kitty Cat Cuteness

This week seems to have been pretty stressful for everyone I know, myself included. Perhaps that’s because I had a lab practical, my first Foundations of Nursing exam (Fun fact: My teacher’s advice for the exam, “First, find the two right answers. Then, pick the one that is better.”), my first nursing skills¬†competency, and a theology quiz. This all culminated today, with the latter three events taking place within a 10 hour time span.

As a reward to myself, and because I had yet to see anyone besides my trusty nursing textbooks, I decided to “take the night off” to do homework and spend the night with my friends in Georgetown Hall. However, as often happens when we all get together, we ended up spending several hours trolling the internet, with a focus on YouTube cat videos.

For the rest of you who are overwhelmed or stressed or simply want a break, I am posting our favorites here. As any cat would say, “Meow!”*

Kittens on a Slide

An Engineer’s Guide to Cats

So Your Cat Wants A Massage?

The Soup: Spaghetti Cat

Cat Crash Test

* Or as any human would say, “Enjoy!”

The Wise Words of Gandalf the Grey

The Wise Words of Gandalf the Grey

Around this time of year, every other status, tweet, text or overheard conversation seems to be¬†about one thing and one thing only: finals.¬†This blog post¬†won’t be any different.

The other¬†night, as I was studying for my¬†anatomy and physiology final, I¬†experienced a moment of panic. It seemed as though the pile of¬†information that I had to study¬†was growing larger and larger, as the¬†hours I had left before the exam were growing shorter and shorter. My anxiety ended, however, when I saw¬†a cool blog post¬†on tumblr I¬†had a life¬†changing¬†revelation. It’s put best¬†by my favorite¬†wizard:

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf, from¬†Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien

Even though Gandalf won't let the Balrog pass out of the Mines of Moria, I know that he wants you to pass your finals!

I know¬†that it’s a¬†sappy way to final-ly (Sorry, I can never resist a good pun.)¬†end my blog for this semester, but I think Gandalf is right. It doesn’t matter if you’re in college or¬†high school, finals week is taxing and stressful.¬†It’s important to realize that there is¬†only so much you’re going to be able to get done, and¬†that there is only so much you can control. Study as much as you need,¬†focus on¬†your exams,¬†but then take a deep breath.¬†Because as soon as you’re on¬†semester break,¬†you’ll have all the time in the world to do whatever you want,¬†including my¬†favorite¬†winter activities:¬†treats and snoozin’,¬†snoozin’ and treats.

Merry Chrismahanukwanzakah, and I hope everybody has a great holiday season!

Picture of Gandalf – Attributed to William Cromar