Friday, December 10, 2010

Stress relief

So, as finals roll on, it's important to know what keeps the stress down. High stress equals low productivity. Of course, if you feel that you're more productive while stressed, then you just need to worry about the depression and the heart disease. Either way, doing something that you love can be a great recharger and prepares you to get back into the grind of studies and papers.

Take, for example, the Martial Arts Club's approach.

Pictured: stress relief.

Other people prefer movies, or an episode from a beloved T.V. show. You could try boardgames, a jog (the 9 degree weather is invigorating, to say the least), or writing. Even when it doesn't feel as if you have the time, an hour break can give you that crucial boost in energy. You may find that you're exponentially more productive, and your work will get done faster than you could have imagined.

Macalester also does its best to provide for its students in this time of stress. Dog Day, for instance, is set for tomorrow. What better therapy is there than a cute, furry animal to pet? There's also a midnight breakfast next Tuesday for the late-night grinds. And throughout these last couple of weeks, The Daily Piper (Macalester's campus news via e-mail) has included a "Put Stress on Pause" series that has provided some funny videos and websites.

A personal favorite:

Cute. Furry. Animals.

There's no sense making finals any more difficult. So take advantage of the little things Macalester provides for you, or find your own thing. Everyone deserves a break, after all.

Seriously, this helps.