I have a confession to make…
I love studying 🙂
I like learning new things, and I am interested in most subjects (accounting and bookkeeping being one of the few exceptions). I like expanding my world-view and becoming more knowledgeable about various topics. I think it’s important for us to understand the world around us, especially things we are passionate about.
I am passionate about healthy living and eating and I firmly believe that a lot of illness and diseases are caused simply by an unhealthy lifestyle. Some people are uneducated and simply don’t know any better, other’s are too lazy. But whatever the case may be I want to be able to do my part to make a difference and help others find a balance in their lives, just as now I am finding a balance in mine.
So I’ve decided to study to become an RD. I’ve already filed my application to the university, although I will only find out if I am accepted by May. However, till then I’m trying to study in my free time, in order to hopefully eliminate some of the stress that will come once I start doing it full-time.
Now I have a question for all of you readers: how do you deal with stress? People are constantly telling me horror stories about how much pressure is on students in universities, some even doubt I will be able to cope with it.
I will admit it, I am prone to stress. I am highly idealistic so from primary all the way to High School I strived for straight A’s. Not that wanting to have good grades is a bad thing in itself, but if for whatever reason I was unable to reach my expectations I was totally and utterly crushed. B’s simply weren’t good enough, it had to be an A. That mentality (obviously) will have to change because I know I won’t be able to deal with that kind of pressure. I know by thinking that way I’m basically setting myself up for failure because no one can be perfect 100% of the time. Especially if I want to have some kind of life in the mean time – which I most definitely do. I think part of a healthy and happy life is balancing out both work and fun, because as they say “too much of a good thing is a bad thing”
Anyhow, back to stress coping mechanisms. I’ve found that some of the things that work for me are:
- Taking a walk in nature. Sometimes a change of scenery is just what you need to clear your brain and give you a fresh outlook on things.
- Yoga (I use this one a lot these days). I don’t know why or how, but it’s something that never fails to relax or de-stress me if I’m feeling really tense or uptight about something.
- Running or cardio exercise. Other times I feel the need to just burn some of that negative energy. A 15 -20 minute run isn’t the end of the world when I’m pressed for time, but it does wonders for my sanity.
- Writing, painting or drawing. Channeling all that negative, tense energy into something productive.
- A night out with friends. When all else fails PARTY!!! Probably not recommended if you have an early morning exam, but if you know you can sleep in the next day – why not. Life is too short to spend worrying all the time – go out and enjoy it.
If you are currently studying: how do you deal with the stresses of student life? Any tips for me?
If you’re not studying, how do you deal with stress in general?