Tag Archives: Stress

New You

Hey all, I just got done with work for the night and I had the urge to blog! A lot has been going through my mind lately. Final grades, paying for next semester, being bored without school! ( yeah I know I am a nerd ). Also things in my personal life like work, relationships, and I’m TRYING to lead a healthier life. School really does stress me out , and I eat so poorly when I am there. In the past two years I’ve definitely become a victim of the freshman fifteen, and I finally am doing something about it.

 Before the semester ended I joined a gym , while school was still going on I was going about 2-3 times a week and now that its out I go everyday. I cant tell you how much of a difference it has made in me. I’m more confident, I’m not depressed, I have more energy and I just feel amazing. My body has changed so much in just a few weeks, I’m lean and toned again.

 

 

 

My secrets:

At first going to the gym all I did was run or walk on the tread mill which is a GREAT place to start! But if you want to see results that’s not the answer, you need to switch up your routine. Ride the bike machine one day, learn how to use the arm and back machine. What I actually did was take one of the boot camp classes that were free when I first joined! It showed me all this stuff to do with the machines that I would have never known to do before!

Secret #2: Find a gym buddy, or make a great play list on your ipod to listen to while your working out. If your not paying attention to how long or how tired you are , you will keep going and make more progress.

Secret #3: Stick to your routine, figure out if your going to go everyday, every Tuesday, whatever it may be and don’t make up excuses to why you don’t go. Set a specific time too! My problem is I have to push myself to go, but I have a set time and set days that I go and now I feel guilty and not as healthy if I don’t.

Secret #4: Eat clean! eat a lot of fruits , vegetables and lean meats. Try to drink a least two 8oz bottles of water a day, and stay away from the sugary drinks. I know its hard during the holidays, but that’s where most of your extra weight comes from!

Secret #5: Once your back to school , take time and on your breaks use our gym!  Its a great way to help you think clearly and cut down on the stress in between classes! Keep up the great progress even once were back to our busy schedules.

Secret #6: Last one I promise! Look up workouts  and recipes on PINTREST, its a great way to see what others are doing that you wouldn’t think do to other wise.

We’ll see how far I get until school starts again, wish me luck everyone!
xoxo -Kailee

Surviving Finals Week 101

So alas the dreaded time of the school year has arrived…FINALS.  It can be one of the most stressful and sleepless times of the year, but it doesn’t have to be.  I’ve got my tips on how to not only survive finals week, but to conquer finals week.

  1. Ask questions!
    Ask your professors when the final is going to be, the format of the final (project, paper, exam), and if they have any recommendations on what mistakes former students commonly made.  If you show that you are interested in doing well in the class, more than likely, the professor will respond positively to your questions.
  2. Stay organized
    This is a note for the whole semester.  Everything should have a place and the place should have a place.  The more organized you are, the easier it is to crack down on studying.
  3. Prepare early on!
    I know that procrastination is the enemy, but around finals time, you’ve got to fight it.  Start studying early on so that when it comes down to the night before, you won’t be cramming, stressed out, or pulling ANY all nighters.  The earlier you start studying, the less cramming you have to do, the more confident you feel, the more sleep you get, the better grade in your hands!
  4. Sleep!
    This only happens if you follow #3.  We all need our beauty sleep.
  5. Take breaks!
    Set time goals for yourself and pencil in some much needed TLC.  Whether you are hitting the gym for an hour to burn off some steam, or if you are going to paint your nails, try and stay off social media…it’s addicting.  And if you dare touch Netflix, go for a 30 minute sitcom, not all 6 seasons of Gossip Girl.
  6. Celebrate
    You are all finished!  If it’s 1 final or all of your finals, be sure to go out with your friends Ben & Jerry and celebrate your successful finals week!  You deserve it!

Happy Finals Week!  And may the odds be ever in your favor.
Also…be sure to return your rental books! 

xx,
Ashley

I Am Thankful For…

Three more days….Two more days….One more day….

Thanksgiving break is almost here!! My favorite meal of the year is only a few more sleeps away, and I can barely sleep thinking about it! This is our first technical break all semester and I’m sure I’m not the only one who couldn’t be more ready and excited. Many other colleges have some sort of Fall Break but not FIT. I’m assuming it’s because we recognize many of the Jewish holidays in September? Think about it FIT, I take the liberty of speaking for the students when I say we would definitely not be opposed to some long weekend maybe in mid-October?? Like I said, Think about it ;)

With Thanksgiving falling so late in the month this year, it’s very very close to finals week. I technically only have a week and a half left of this semester after Thanksgiving! Where the heck did time go?! I can’t begin to explain how fast this semester flew by. I feel like just yesterday I was complaining about how hot it was outside, now its below freezing and windy and can’t seem to stay warm! I’d like to think I’m not the only one when I say how stressed I’ve been this past week with finals prep. My term papers are piling up – well, not literally since I’ve only actually completed one… My final exams are looming over my head. Lately I’ve been feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish all I need to get done!

Good point. Really good point.

However, there is an extremely bright light at the end of this weeks tunnel. THANKSGIVING! Thanksgiving technically marks the beginning of my absolute favorite time of the year – Christmas! I am so looking forward to escaping the city for a few days, retreating to my childhood home in Saratoga, New York and spending Turkey Day with my wonderful family and friends. I also plan on proudly gaining about 50 pounds within that day…only kidding hehe.

I am extremely thankful to go to school so close to my home, allowing me to be with my family on Thanksgiving. I know so many students at FIT are from across the nation or even across the world and are not able to have the proper meal and spend the day with their families. If I could bring you all to my house I would – but my house is only so big!

If you’re lucky enough to be with your loved ones this Thanksgiving, I urge you to take the time to tell yourself how blessed you are and to tell your family and friends how much you love them. Despite being very stressed and busy the past few days, I’ve been reminding myself of the upcoming holiday. I know I have SO much to be thankful for, oddly enough including the stress I’ve been feeling. Because if I wasn’t here at FIT then I wouldn’t be in New York, taking these classes, completing these papers, which are making me stressed. Sounds like far fetched idea but it’s true. I am thankful for FIT final papers and all. :)

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!

xx, Brendan

Notes From the 6 Train: Finding Peace In A Worldwind of Chaos

So let’s talk about stress. It’s one of those necessary evils that we all experience. Actually, research shows that it can be helpful, it propels us to get moving, to accomplish goals, but too much and it becomes detrimental.  With all the resources at/ near FIT, there’s absolutely no reason to be a victim of chronic stress.

The health center is well equipped to handle all of  your de-stressing needs. There is free counseling, a nutritionist ( during high stress periods people tend to the wrong food or don’t eat at all). Not to mention the masseuse who also does acupuncture. She only comes twice a week and her schedule for the entire semester fills up pretty fast, so you have to sign up early to ensure a spot. There’s also a yoga club and a plethora of other free events offered around the Chelsea area. During the summer there are free classes for yoga and fitness training in the park. I have ventured to the park for one of these free work outs. It was way more intense than I had anticipated. Since I never work out, I certainty felt healthy afterwards, even that lady knocked all the wind of me. She had us running laps around the park and jumping hurdles and other craziness. It was feel my body in motion, but it was rather embarrassing that   some of these free events.  A quick web search will prove just how easy it is to find all of these free classes.
As important as it it maintain a healthy body, it is equally as important to maintain a healthy mind and spirit. I always on the move, either on the train, or in class, or working but I try to make living a balanced life a top priority of mines.So, once a week I try to make it out to (free) meditation. There are several places where free meditation is offered as well, but the place nearest FIT is at the Chelsea Studio, located just one block over.

Stress is an inescapable part of reality, especially being a student. Trying to escape stress is not the goal, the goal is responding to it healthy manner.  There’s no reason to be stressed when there are so many (free) options at your disposal.