As the routine of school settles in and our minds begin to scatter and deteriorate like fallen leaves, we tend to feel a little overwhelmed and anxious with the realization that we are in for the long haul. Trying to balance socialization, schoolwork and sleep can be, at times, a very difficult circus act, but there are healthy ways to step back from the madness and stay on top of our minds, bodies and spirits. Students explain their methods for coping with stress.
Nicole Dengler ’15 Duncansville, Pa.:
I do different things depending upon what type of stress I’m experiencing, or what specific things are causing me stress. If it’s boy stress, I work out. If it’s school stress, I go to the cliffs with friends and talk about life. Sometimes we scream at the top of our lungs and it feels really good to let go. For any kind of general stress, I like to take showers because I feel that the water cleanses me, not only physically, but mentally. At times, I’ve taken up to three a day. Like a stereotypical girl I sometimes eat ice cream and watch sad movies and cry, but more likely I’ll take a nap or go for a run to clear my mind.
Maria Nachbor ’15 Plymouth, Minn.:
I like to cuddle with my stuffed monster when I’m stressed. Sometimes I’ll go for a run or listen to pump-up music and dance to it. I actually enjoy doing homework sometimes to get my mind off of other things. I tend to go into my own little world where I don’t answer phone calls or talk to people. BAC is a nice place to disappear in.
Andy Blunk ’14 State College, Pa.:
I like to go to the cliffs to relax. There’s usually no one there and there’s a nice view of the Juniata river and the trees. I enjoy the lack of distractions like Internet connection.
Lydia Bridi ’14 Lebanon, Pa.:
When I’m stressed I run. Running is a way for me to meditate and think about what’s going on in my life. I also enjoy the cliffs. I like the fact that you can overlook all the trees and you’re all alone and you can be one with nature.
Doug Pierce ’16 Sandy Hook, Conn.:
I take a deep breath until I can feel my diaphragm expand. In my mind, I go over what I have to do, and analyze what exactly is making me stressed. Then I break it down, by separating aspects of the stress. I search through the categories until I get to the root problem. Sometimes I watch a TV show or movie or read a book that I particularly enjoy. I don’t watch or read the whole thing, just enough to put me into a good mood.
-Hannah Jeffery ’16, Juniata Online Journalist