COED is a highly reliable medical source and has a few tips on quelling that “jump-off-a-bridge” feeling you may experience in light of returning to a full-time schedule or paying back mountains of student loans. Whatever you’re dreading, keep these ideas in mind and remember to breathe:
Not just with condoms! Organize your life a bit to keep a handle on things. Tedious as it may be, try writing something down, even if only on the back of your hand. Make sure to transfer to paper before you shower.
Hit the gym
Cliché, yes, but highly effective. Exercise provides a positive, muscle-bulging outlet for any pent-up rage–not to mention it strengthens your immune system. Instead of punching a wall, try a bag designed for that purpose. Just make sure you avoid steroids. ‘Roid-rage does not support a calm, stress-free outlook on life. Case in point – The Jersey Shore.
Hit the hookah
If your lungs oppose the gym idea, do a bit more damage and relax on your couch with your favorite piece. Medical marijuana is an excellent remedy for anxiety–talk to your doctor. Or, if you’d rather be at the whim of a man-made chemical instead of enjoying a natural herbal remedy, ask about Zoloft. Either way, medication (preferably prescribed to you) can assist if you find yourself seriously contemplating that “jump-off-a-bridge” feeling we talked about earlier.
Do something fun
While it is senior year and your dissertation is the one thing between you and a rewarding career (or life in a cardboard box), close the book. Pick up a ping pong ball. Say “hello” to the hot chick next to you. It’s okay to allow yourself some time to chill out. You may notice an escapist theme when it comes to dealing with stress–throw yourself in a video game and disconnect from reality for a few hours. Returning to the daily grind can be a lot easier when you give yourself an appropriate break.
Grab a hand
Tantamount to asking for directions, it’s okay to suck it up and ask for help. Let your mom know you screwed up, tell your girlfriend about that rash, ask your buddy for gas money; it’s okay to reach out once in a while, no one will think less of you for it. The stress of shouldering the world can be a bitch you don’t have to bear alone. As long as you’re not constantly a whiny mooch, the occasional request is kosher.