Top ways to stop stressing

By on February 6, 2003

In today’s fast moving society it is hard to balance all aspects of college life, including classes, studying, jobs, laundry and social time, without becoming overly stressed.

On Quinnipiac campus, many students and faculty share multiple ways to relieve stress while continuing their daily schedule.

Some students and faculty seem very stressed about academics, others easily work through their stress, while some rarely get stressed at all.

Jackie Langenstein, senior health sciences major, said she uses running or exercise to prevent stress.

“As a stress reliever I will go for a long run,” said Langenstein. “And while I’m running, I do a lot of thinking about what else I have left to accomplish for the day.”

Besides juggling sports, academics and personal life, said Langenstein, her biggest stressor is meeting deadlines.

“I try to get the project out of the way, so I don’t have to think about it anymore,” she said.

Suzanne Palmieri, a sociology professor at Quinnipiac, said she is always stressed for time.

“I usually stress about wasting time,” said Palmieri.

To relieve her stress, Palmieri uses a variety of methods.

“Depending on my mood I will listen to music, I will drink coffee, or try to get outside and walk,” she said.

One QU student uses a more consistent activity to reduce academic related stress.

“I like taking breaks in-between classes and study time,” said Tammi Triplett, freshman e-media major. “It helps take your mind off the work for a little while.”

Even the students who rarely become stressed have a method to reduce their uneasiness.

Courtney Ryan, senior education major, said exercising at the gym or writing in a journal does the trick. She said the outdoors also works to block unwanted pressure.

“I try taking myself out of the situation and going to a quiet place,” she said. “Sometimes I go to Sleeping Giant Park by the river, it’s peaceful.”

Another easy going student, agreed.

“I don’t really get stressed out,” said Cali Hettrich, junior psychology major. “I will just start studying for the test that’s coming up, it almost calms me down and it helps me to focus on the problem.”

In some cases what one student considers stressful may seem much less daunting to another student.

This is the case for Jennifer Smith, an e-media graduate student.

“I work better during the day with stress rather than being in boredom,” said Smith.

While some people have their own strategies to reduce stress in their life, others still have not found a way to beat the pressure.

Langenstein gives advice to those overly stressed people.

“I think it is best to try out different things, and find what is best for you,” she said.

Additional activities that may help reduce stress, include yoga, martial arts, hiking, or meditation.


About Shannon Sousa