I picked the 1st option and my direct answer to the question is at the bottom but I also enjoy the impression blog posts so here it is:
College students have a lot of stress based off of the idea that we have to go to college in general. This may come off as cynical, naïve, and hypocritical but hear me out; college is designed for continual profit and the perpetuation of financial debt and income. For us to overall fail. We are fully signing up for years worth of debt to throw us into a system where unemployment is at its highest and social security for this generation is overall failing. But god forbid an 18 year old has a drink of alcohol but enlist in the army? Sure! Sign up for years’ worth of debit with high interest? Even better! Both at the end resulting in years’ worth of therapy and detoxing from the 9-5 job everyone has and hates. The American Dream ladies and gentleman.
Maybe poor humor and amounting to mediocre academic success is something I, like many others, fear greatly, but the stress accompanying it takes the cake. So this is where I am now as a cynical naïve hypocrite, working 70+ hours a week to have a job I have worked at for 8 years on top of another summer class. Doesn’t everyone love the sweet smell of minimum wage jobs. So my strategy this summer has been pretty much the ideology of going until I burn out. I hit that target right on the head.
To better my mental health and stress relief, which pretty much correlate, I am taking off work until school starts. I am putting my focus on myself and my school work which will make it easier to manage given the 52.5 extra hours I am going to be given M-F. I won’t even know what to do with myself.
When I hit these low points of stress I normally vent to my parents and together we create a tactical plan to accomplish my goals. They proceed to say I am unrealistic and I continue to cry demonstrating the effects of a house full of women. I swear, this is the peak of therapy here. We come together to a meeting point of what I hope to accomplish and how it can be possible. Realizing I lean on my parents for a large part of when I hit stressful points in my life, at school I go to my roommate for advice. We communicate differently and when I am upset she has me calm down, explain myself, and puts it into a new perspective that I understand and am able to regroup to accomplish the new task. To fully make sure I have answered the question I have each listed for clarity:
Current stress management strategies:
- Longer showers
- Talking to my parents
- Talking to my roommate
- I work at camp and I have realized I have been taking my stress out on them slightly so I work on letting it go and focus on the moment
- Get my nails done
Assess how well they work:
- I have been trying to get more sleep since I have gotten a cold and it has mildly benefitted but not significantly
- Long showers are good for the soul, bad for the environment
- I used to hate being vulnerable (up until the last few months) but talking to my parents helps with managing stress
- My roommate is one of my best friends and we are very different but both focus heavily on academics. She puts my goals in perspective while reminding me it is okay to not be perfect all the time while still holding me accountable.
- With camp, if I raise my voice at a camper I apologize and we talk about being safe and why I spoke loudly (normally when they try and stick their hand in a fan) but I realize the impact it has on them. We also sing a lot and I never would have thought 4-5 year old’s would be asking me about Drake and learning the “kiki” dance but that is 2018 for you.
- I pick at my nails when I am stressed so when I have them done I don’t touch them and they feel like I have my life mildly put together.
Stress routines I need to work on:
- Not working over 70+ hours a week with a hard class
- Giving myself free time to myself
- Having me socialize with people above the age of 7
- Becoming satisfied with my accomplishments even though they don’t always show
- Holding myself accountable but not to perfection
- This assignment and blog posts similar-> writing down thoughts on a blog. (feel like you are heard).