Got Stress?–You Bet!!

First of all, I’d just like to apologize for not blogging last week. I’d like to say that the reason I wasn’t able to blog was because every aspect in my life decided to go haywire, which made me stressed. With respect to that I thought blogging about stress relief would be helpful, not just to me but to everyone else as well.

Normally, I wouldn’t have time to look up articles like the one below because I would be so busy with homework, but this is actually part of my homework so…it all works out.

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/10-ways-to-relieve-stress?&utm_account=R-S&utm_medium=google&utm_semcampaign=%5BSlide+Show%5D+-+10+Ways+to+Relieve+Stress+-+Search&utm_adgroup=Tips+Stress+Exact&utm_match=Exact&utm_query=stress%20relief%20tips&utm_term=stress+relief+tips&utm_content=6149913640&utm_source=google&marinid=sLfTiJkc5

I think it’s interesting that the first tip to relieving stress is to listen to calming or classical music. I mean, it makes sense that you would want something with a slower rhythm to slow your heartbeat and therefore lower your blood pressure. Looks like I’ll be downloading some Yo-Yo Mama for my iPod. 😛

I don’t really agree with the second tip, which is to call a friend. Most of the time our friends are around our age, and, if you’re like me, they’re in college as well dealing with their own stress. I think this would work better for college graduates. Oh but wait…if you keep going through the tips, the third one is to talk yourself through it if your friends aren’t available. What if you’re pessimistic like me and think the world is out to get you? This part of the article suggests analyzing WHY you’re stressed and making a list of what you have to do to complete the task. Sounds like a good plan for everyone but me though. When I get stressed and try to make a list of what I have to do (and yes, I have tried to do this), I get overwhelmed.

The next tip (the tip to choosing healthy foods over junk food) honestly surprised me a little. I mean, being a woman I’m used to going for whatever I’m craving because…I can. I always thought that chocolate would make me happy because there’s a chemical in it that makes my endorphins in my brain go “weeeeee!” Of course, afterwards you always have guilt about eating chocolate so you have more chocolate to cheer you up and it’s a vicious circle.

Apparently this article knows what my responses are going to be because the next two tips are breathing and laughing to release endorphins. I swear, HealthLine, you really thought of everything.

Drink tea. Now I’m a little confused. Is this the legit tea where you have to boil water and put a tea bag in it or can I cheat and drink my water with peach iced tea mix-in powder? I guess the point of this tip is to stay away from coffee and caffeinated drinks (ie. no diet mountain dew for me) because caffeine increases adrenaline, which increases your heart rate and blood pressure.

Changing your lifestyle and exercising are the next two tips. Changing your lifestyle (I’m assuming) means making time and meditating.  That’d be great if you had time…normally that’s not something you see in college. Exercising…I never understood why people got excited to exercise. I’ve never been able to do that because I see it as a chore (probably because I’m a Weight Watchers member).

Ahhhh, this website saved the best tip for last. Sleep. Period. I can actually attest that this does reduce stress. There is a MAJOR difference in my stress levels between when I get 5 hours of sleep and when I get 8-10 hours of sleep. Thank goodness for weekends!

 

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The Photography of it All

So, we just turned in out Seeing Red assignments. I looked around the room when the class and I were toning our photos and it looked like everyone was shooting red objects and there was all of this noise (different colors and such) in the background. I just Googled “red photographs” to see what came up. I found this really cool picture of two pay phones in front of a bright red wall and it made me realize that people don’t have to focus on red OBJECTS, they could focus on red BACKGROUNDS too. Below is the link that had more photograph as well as similar photographs to it.

http://www.wired.com/culture/art/multimedia/2008/03/gallery_top_10_red_photo?slide=1&slideView=3

So, What’s New?

Hiya! I’m in my history class and I have to look like I’m taking notes because the professor keeps looking at me. Oye. I’ve been up since 5am this morning in hopes of working on my extra credit paper for this class. I’ve got 1 3/4 pages so far (which is good because I’ve still got three more body paragraphs to write as well as the conclusion and it only has to be five pages long). I would be working on it now, but if I pulled out my book he would know that I’m not paying attention and I can’t have that. Lol.

My final for this class is Friday at the lovely hour of 8am. Whoopie for me. It’s my first college final, but at least I’ll get the worst one out of the way first. 🙂 After my history final I’ve got my mythology final and then I’m done for the day.

On Saturday Lisa and I are going to the mall to go shopping (and relieve stress and all of that important stuff). Lol. Sunday I’m working and then I have to study for my anthropology final, which is at 8am too. Tuesday I don’t have any finals (yay me) and Wednesday I have my math final at 6pm.

I signed up to work a lot within the next two weeks to pay for Christmas gifts. I have no idea what I’m going to get anyone (besides my sister because I got her sweatpants already).

I guess that’s all I have to say. I really don’t want to vent about work again because I know that gets boring to read. Another reason why I’m ending this blog is because my history class ends in four minutes and then I have to work on my essay so I’m going to try not to get on the internet anymore. Wish me luck!

That Thing You Call “Work”

**THIS POST IS LONG OVERDUE!**

For those of you who already know, and for those who don’t know at all, I work at a dining hall as a customer service associate. What does this mean? This means I get to put up with a lot of people who don’t give a crap about what I do, whether I’m happy or not, and who constantly look down upon me as a pathetic loser. And all of that is mostly from the customers. My higher-ups (ie. managers and supervisors) act as if I’m just a stupid teenager that doesn’t know her head from her butt and can’t do her job properly and efficiently.

I work Sunday mornings (9am-3:30pm), Tuesday mornings (6:45am-10:45am), and Thursday nights (3:45pm-9:30pm). This totals up to 18 hours a week and 36 hours every pay period. I’m going to school 16 hours a week…that right there is a problem in and of itself. I’ve got a little amount of time to do the massive amounts of homework that I have, if I work around my work schedule. Monday, November 15, 2010 is when the schedules for the CSA’s for next semester are going to start being made. I’m going to DEMAND that I get my work hours cut down to 12 a week and 24 every pay period. **I’m going to have an English class and two journalism classes next semester if I get all the classes on my wish list.**

So I’ve covered the customers, my supervisors and managers, and the ridiculous work load. What about the co-workers? I have full-time co-workers and student co-workers…I wish I could say I get along with everyone, but that’s not the case. The major reason for this is because everyone I work with (save for 3 or 4 people) is still VERY immature or annoys me. The full-time staff calls the police for no real reason, manipulate people into doing their job, gossip, and think that they’re all that and a bag of chips. The student staff have either formed groups (the international students tend to stick together and talk in their own languages), are new (and therefore don’t know how to do their job because no one has taught them so they just stand around and wait for other people to do their job), or are lazy (and wait for someone else to do their job).

Every time I work I feel like I want to quit right there on the spot. Yes, it’s that bad. I don’t enjoy what I do. In fact, I can’t wait until this summer when I have a shot working at Trotter (a photography studio close to m house). How do I keep going? How do I ignore everyone and do what I have to do? Does anyone have any advice for me? s

Can You Say Overwhelmed?

Oh my goodness. I feel like I have so much going on, but I really do. It’s a good thing that breathing is an involuntary action otherwise I wouldn’t have time for it and I would DIE! Yeah, that’s right, I’m THAT stressed and THAT busy. Let’s start with my calendar and how it looks. To you it probably won’t seem like a lot, but the amount of work that I have to put into each assignment is unbelievable.

Tonight I have to cover someone at work (his shift is from 3:45pm-9:30pm) because he is covering my Halloween shift so that I can go home and surprise my friend. Tomorrow, Thursday, October 14, 2010, I have an Anthropology exam. You remember how I did on the last one? Yeah, I totally have to study my little booty off so I don’t rely on pop quizzes to pull my grade up. I’ll most likely end up cramming that morning (while doing laundry and 10,000 other things). Then I actually have to go take the exam and then go to work from 3:45pm-9:30pm (for the second day in a row).

Isn’t that insane that that’s just two days? I don’t even want to bring up that I have a biology assignment that’s due by Friday night by 11pm. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal and I would do it after my classes on Friday, but I have to re-watch 50 minutes of video and take notes on everything. Another problem with this is that everyone will probably try to access the same videos at the same times which will make the loading of the videos that much slower. So that’s that. Another day down.

Saturdays I usually try and get SOME sleep, but between Jessica (my roommate) and the fact that I know that I have to be up that usually doesn’t work out too well. I remember a glorious time when I could sleep in until 10 o’clock…HA! I’m lucky if I can sleep until 7:30am. Anyway, throwing sleep out the window, I’ll probably eat and try to do my Tuesday biology assignment, my math assignments that are due on Sunday and whatever else that I have to do that I can’t think of right now.

Sunday I get to work again from 9am-3:30pm. (This whole work thing is getting old, but I’m glad I have a job because otherwise I wouldn’t have any money to pay for my phone bill or my school bill.) After that I’m going to run over to Strickland so I can join in the study session for my mythology exam that I have on Monday.

The next MAJOR things happen on Wednesday. I’ve got my history midterm (which I’m REALLY freaked out about) and then I have a math exam that night (which is fine because I’m confident with my mathematical abilities).

I  really just wish I had a clock that could pause time so I could catch up on everything and do a good job at it. I feel like I’m attempting to tread water but I keep drowning. I can’t wait for Halloween just so I can have a break, and see Kayla and just enjoy myself. Even further away, I can’t wait for Thanksgiving break (even though I have to go to my Grandma’s) just so I can get a full week off to chill…and sleep!! >.<