I'm Absolutely Positive

First Steps

Throughout the years as we all have progressed through school, being put into new situations, experiencing new opportunities, and pushing ourselves to go out there and create a successful life has been undoubtedly stressful. But the feeling of stress through these stages of life has become more of normality than something to avoid. Now answer this for me, have you ever considered what stress may be doing to your academic excellence and your mental health?

Everyone just worries about getting their homework done or checking-off that one item on the to-do list, but personal health is more important than other worries. According to mtvU AP 2009 Economy, College Stress and Mental Health Poll, 85% of students reported that they experience stress on a daily occurrence caused by school work, the pressure to keep up grades, time for job and maintaining a social life.

The consequences of constant stress ranges from depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and at worst cases, suicide. The last thing we want to think about is the possibility of stress leading to suicide, but it has been reported as the second leading cause of death among college students. It’s hard to believe that one little emotion can spiral into mental disorders and distress.

Luckily there are plenty of ways to ease your mind, relax and relieve all the stress. The Internet is always a good source to find some easy tips! But, I have found some common steps to help turn your day around if you find yourself overwhelmed:

  1. Listen to music: indulge yourself in some jazz/classic music, something soothing. Pandora.com is a good site to find those genres if you don’t have them on your iTunes. (And yes, it’s free!)
  2. Exercise: take a short walk around your apartment complex, go swimming at the pool, or go to the gym.
  3. BREATHE: it’s the easiest thing you can do!

There are also some tips specifically designed for college students.  Just don’t forget to take one step at a time, do your best, be positive and enjoy life.


A Clean Slate
August 30, 2011, 8:03 pm
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Credit to Tori Monaco at The Hornet Buzz

College students experience it all when they move away from home and venture out on their own, taking that once-in-a-lifetime leap of faith. The social life, the (ASU) football games, and the schoolwork: all qualities of college that forces us to grow up. But alongside all the wonderful experiences that college has to offer, there is a major challenge.

Stress. Honestly, who likes stress? No one. It’s detrimental to our health and academic success, as reported in previous research. Unfortunately each and every one of us falls to the pressures of keeping up our grades yet somehow finding time to do things just for YOU.

I always find myself lecturing my mother about stressing out over minute problems. Since I have started college and balance a job, I found myself falling victim to that anxious feeling. It even gets to the point where a list of “things-to-do” is unraveling in the back of my mind by the second. Hypocritical, I know.

I try to live by the phrase “just do your best,” but I understand that sometimes it doesn’t cut it.  I’m not saying I’m perfect (because frankly no one is), but I do everything in my power to walk around with a smile on my face. Of course there are times where I may break down in tears, frustrated and wondering “am I ever going to get this done?” One thing I know for fact is that those all-nighters will NOT be missed.

I was raised to think positively. It is a difficult task to keep up, but it truly does pay off in the long run. And to ease your mind, there are easy ways to help you maintain a happy demeanor despite all the hurdles thrown your way. This blog will help me help you and share with you all the ways to recycle negative thoughts into rewarding experiences.