Elizabeth Bastian (Managing Editor)
Elizabeth Bastian (Managing Editor)

By ELIZABETH BASTIAN, Managing Editor

It’s that time of the year again, darlings.

The end is in sight, but there is a mountain range of perilous trails standing to cross before the finish. Thanksgiving is next week; Christmas is a month after that. Professors are handing out final project requirements. The homework keeps piling up in a never-ending list of assignments and we feel as though we will never ever ever get caught up.

I like to call it “Mental Breakdown Season.”

I know how you feel; really, I do. You stress out so much about being productive and managing your time well, that you end up wasting an entire afternoon being frantic. Nothing ever feels like it’s correct, or that it’s good enough. The tiniest problems can set you off, making you lash out in anger or just curl up in a ball and sob. I can personally attest to the fact that I have gotten teary-eyed at the end of just about every movie I have watched in the past month, no matter the genre.

I am not going to tell you to suck it up and get on with it. I am not going to remind you about the homeless victims of Hurricane Sandy, or the insurgents of Syria, or the troops overseas. Because, frankly, there will ALWAYS be someone who has it worse off than you. Comparing your problems to others’, while being good for putting things into perspective, is really only going to add to your stress.

What I am going to do is tell you to relax.

Nothing is more important than you and your well-being. When you feel like you are drowning, stop. Breath. Take some time and do something for yourself.

Go for a walk/run/bike ride. Work out at the gym for an hour. Meditate for twenty minutes. Watch a 4 minute YouTube video.
You are only in school for a short amount of time. You are only going to take these classes once (or at least I hope you don’t have to take them again!). Get the most out of them by taking your time and actually learning. If you feel that you aren’t doing so, talk to your professor.

And for that matter, get the most out of your semester. Start attending those club meetings you have been missing because you’ve been too busy. Hang out with your friends you haven’t seen in weeks. Eat a meal with your family, which is something I probably do about once a week, if that.

It took me a long time to realize that asking for help is not a sign of weakness; neither is admitting defeat. That is perhaps the strongest thing a person can do.

I know I am being Mom right now, and I am aware that I wrote a similar article last year on this same concept. But I just don’t want anyone else to make the mistakes that I have, that I have seen countless others commit.

I reiterate what I said last year, and stand by the immortal words of Ferris Bueller: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around every once in a while, you’re going to miss it.