Building Stress

I have noticed, as I am sure others have, that in the last couple of weeks a buildup of stress has occurred. As a constant procrastinator it would seem that I have almost no worries the entire semester until either the end, in most classes, or at the drawing due date of a large assignment, much like the one approaching tomorrow. Does anyone else carry out their schoolwork like this? I find that if something is not due within a very short period then it simply will not be done until either it is due or perhaps not at all. Unfortunately, for my health, this results in a terrible buildup of stress in that period leading up to the end. I suppose I am simply wondering if it would be better to balance the stress throughout the semester and feel awful the entire time or just proceed as I do and deal with the hurdles as they approach. Interestingly enough my method works fine almost every class except for this one and another from the previous semester. It is hard for me to get in the same mindset as a final for group work or other assignments. In high school it did not seem to matter, but then again group work was not as big of deal. Stress works as a personal motivator and it simply cannot be generated mid-semester, for me anyway.


Working Towards an End as Stress Relief

I do not have many personal methods for stress relief. I do not meditate or participate in group sessions or anything like that. In fact, the only stress relief I truly enjoy is getting out of what is stressing me and particularly enjoying time with my group of old friends. Fortunately, I have just such a situation approaching as I do every year. This summer, like many before, I will be living in Nags Head, North Carolina and working there as a summer experience. To get towards my idea, I mean that having an end to work for really helps me deal with approaching finals and things like that. I suppose it gives me something to look to and say well the faster I get this done the quicker I can get out of here and move to the beach. It’s not really stress relief, more of just a different way of thinking that allows me to deal with all the stuff being thrown at me.

Stress and Meditation

Meditation could possibly be the easiest way to relieve stress in your life. Slowing down and taking account of what is happening in the present releases your mind from the difficulties of day to day life. Though it has existed for thousands of years as a means for understanding the deeper meanings of certain aspects it has returned in contemporary times as a means of stress reduction. The beauty of it is it is natural, free, and can be done nearly anywhere. All this is needed is for the user to relinquish their worries and think of something they find peaceful. Through this process the heart rate is reduced along with lowered blood pressure and breathing. Not only can it lower your stress levels through the reduction of cortisol release, but a greater understanding of yourself can be achieved. It has also been found to help combat serious diseases, both mental and physical, such as cancer and depression. It may seem obvious, but simply slowing down and freeing the mind can have many benefits.



Stress Class Not So Stress Free?

I don’t know about anyone else, but I find all the things to keep up with in this class particularly difficult to manage. Just like any class it has its stressors that come in to effect around test times and due dates, but maybe its just me. The case studies, for instance, are meant to show us what possible stressors in our life may exist that cause us such anxiety, but I find that it is the things itself that drive me over the edge. I don’t do well with deadlines and so, like tonight, I find myself in the quandary of completing what is due before class. It would almost seem that the study of stress itself induces stress. Who knows though, perhaps its just me.


Smoking relieves stress?

The age old myth itself. Of nearly all the reasons that people begin to smoke there is one primary reason that they continue. Many would say that addiction to nicotine is what possesses people to continue down the path, but those are nonsmokers who are looking purely at the addictive properties contained within cigarettes. To obtain a true understanding of the situation smokers themselves must be brought in to question. They would nearly unanimously conclude that they, particularly more veteran smokers, continue because they believe it to relieve stress. When a situation presents itself that causes raised anxiety levels you better believe that person is reaching for their smokes. We see it in movies and everyday life. With regard to film; when we see a soldier recouperating after a battle in a Vietnam movie he’s not calling for the local psychologist, no, he’ll take those reds out and claim that it makes him feel better. Does it though? True it may make the person imbibing the smoke feel better at that moment, but what are the overall effects of cigarettes on stress?

Studies have shown that, despite what people say, smoking can actually cause increased stress levels within the body over a period of time. In several tests done people that managed to stay off of cigarettes after quitting had significantly lower stress levels than those that had continued without stopping. Therefore, cigarettes, and the nicotine contained within, do not reduce stress. The feeling of reduced stress associated with smoking is actually a relief of the symptoms of withdrawal that the smoker is feeling from his last cigarettes. Thus, the vicious cycle that traps the smoking population. Not only is nicotine itself addictive, but the smoker is now addicted to the idea that he or she is making himself feel better, which is simply not true.


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