Put It Off

It’s 7:30 in the morning. And I still am yet to have slept. Not because I’m not tired, not because I don’t feel like sleeping, but because I’m a slacker. Yep, a slacker. I’ve procrastinated so much that I’ve had to spend the entire night doing homework for the 3 classes I have today and it all could have been avoided, had I actually done the work that I was supposed to do.

Procrastination is stressful. If I’ve learned anything this year, it’s the just because you try your best to avoid any stress immediately, doesn’t mean you can avoid it entirely. In fact, it worsens.

Summer, Save Us All

It seems like every other school in the state is already done with classes, thoroughly enjoying the start of the summer vacation while the rest of us at Randolph-Macon have to slave another two weeks. IT’S EXHAUSTING. But nonetheless, we’re only a few days away from the summer and I couldn’t be more excited.

Life is so much less stressful in the summer. Aside from the obvious factor of not having to deal with school, there’s something about the sunshine and the smell of sunscreen and honeysuckles that adds instant happiness to the day. It’s so laid back and enjoyable and we finally have a chance to just be.

Summer is nature detox of life. And it couldn’t be coming sooner.

Sunny Summer

Benefits of a Healthy Sex Life

According to www.webmd.com, there are 10 main ways in which sex can be extremely beneficial.

1. It relieves stress! Because it lowers blood pressure and provides relief from overall stressful situations. A study in Scotland showed that women who had a better sex life reacted better to stressful situations than women who’d abstained from sex.

2. Boost Immunity. Having sex once or twice a week can help the body to produce an antibody called immunoglobulin A, which can protect from colds and other sicknesses.

3. 30 minutes can burn up to more than 85 calories. Added up, 42 half-hour sessions can burn up to 3,57o calories, which is about enough to lose a pound.

4. Can improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk for heart attacks by a whole 50%.

5. It can make you feel good about yourself. The chemicals released during sex have been shown to improve self-esteem.

6. The love-hormone, oxytocin, is released during an orgasm. Thus, making you feel more intimate with your partner in a relationship.

7. Reduces pain. Headaches and arthritis pain are easily remedied by sex.

8. Lowers risk for prostate cancer in men. A study shows that men who ejaculate more often reduce the risk by a third.

9. Strengthens pelvic floor muscles, which help to induce more pleasure and prevents incontinence.

10. Helps to sleep better. The oxytocin released has proved to promote sleep.

Overall, I think it’s clear that having a healthy sex life can improve almost every area of your life. It’s safe to say that you could very easily live a much happier life when you know you’re doing well in that department.

Walking Alone

Socializing comes easy for most of us. We all have our groups of friends, whether they are the ones we met here at school or the ones we’ve known our entire lives back home, I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that none of us are friendless.

However, there are moments in life where some of us fall by the wayside and become stuck. Differences with other people, insecurities within ourselves, and occasionally deceit in those we thought we could trust can sometimes lead us into some emotional turmoil.

Social interaction is a vital part of living a healthy life, but it can really be a stressful process. I, for one, had struggled with finding friends all through my first semester here. It wasn’t until J-Term and early Spring semester that I’d finally felt like I was starting to find my place here. Now, as a loner at heart, that didn’t bother me too much. But it makes me wonder how many other people have gone through that same struggle that maybe haven’t been able to handle it so well as I have.

Forever Jobless.

These days, work is so hard to come by. And as a college student, it’s difficult trying to find a job that’s willing to be flexible with the hours we’re able to put in. It’s a double-edged sword, really, because being a college student is the reason most of us need a job, to help pay for it. But college is supposed to help you get a job in the long run, whilst preventing you from getting a job while you’re still in it.

But I digress.

Regardless, job-hunting has got to be one of the most stressful things I’ve ever done. And I guess that doesn’t say a lot, but I think anyone can agree that living in our economy requires work and lots of it, but the scarcity of job availability is increasing at a rate faster than we can even practice saying, “Can I take your order?”

Measuring Up

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had some trouble with my appearance. Whether it was because of the ambiguity of my ethnicity or my brothers teasing me, I’d spent a long time struggling with my insecurities. One thing that’s always stuck with me, though, is a focus on my weight. I know what you’re thinking – how ¬†predictable and shallow for a girl to pull the weight card. But I know for a fact that I am not alone in feeling this way.

My entire life, one simple phrase, as well as it’s many variations, has seemed to frequent the lips of nearly every female I’d ever met. “I need to lose weight.” Having had this resound through my own head on multiple occasions, I am at a full realization of how completely stressful it can be. So much so, that it forces girls into taking drastic measures, considering that I could easily name at least five girls off the top of my head that have struggled with an eating disorder. (Not at all to say that I am struggling with that myself, food and I have a very active relationship.) Reality really hit when I overheard my ten-year-old sister exclaim that she’d gotten fat and needed to stop eating. Mind you, that was her fifth grade melodramatic imagination talking, but it was nonetheless disturbing to hear from a little girl with a well-defined six-pack.

Too thin or thin enough?

I’m sure all the guys have stopped reading by now, since girls who complain about their bodies are a dime a dozen these days, but I think there’s something to be said if it’s an epidemic reaching even the skinniest of girls. For now, I’m working on my own body peace, but I would be lying if I said it didn’t stress me out. Perhaps our society should spent a little less time putting emphasis on those who are overweight and a little more time encouraging each other to be healthy rather than skinny.


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