By Jacob Stochel
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There is no questioning that our wellbeing is directly linked to our emotions. To be healthy necessitates not only maintaining the physical aspects of health but also the emotional and mental aspects. According to helpguide.org, people who are healthy emotionally are able to manage their feelings and consistently deal with difficulties in life. They are able to laugh, have fun, adapt to change, balance work and play, and find meaning in life.
Ways to Manage Stress
As college students, there are plenty of difficulties that we encounter on a regular basis—academic workload, financial stressors and social conflicts are just a few. Thus, the ongoing challenge is how to deal with these difficulties in ways that are emotionally healthy.
When asked how he stays healthy as a college student, junior Nathan Fleischer said, “I go to Kung Fu two to three times a week, and while I’m there, I do both tai chi to keep myself calm as well as a regular class for physical fitness.”
Junior Matt Hogan likes to exercise, spend time with friends and family, and read inspiring books. Junior Alex Student also enjoys exercising, and he especially values personal leisure time as a way to maintain wellbeing. Read more »
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By Devon Lantry
Humans are a bit weird with food. As soon as we have the luxury to choose when and what to eat, we start to do weird stuff. We spiritualize feasting and fasting, ritualize bizarre meal ceremonies and assign food magical qualities or strict class distinctions.
Maasai males in Africa, from the age of 14 to 34, subsist exclusively on raw meat, raw blood and raw milk from their cattle to keep themselves at peak shape. The wealthy of Indonesia filter their coffee beans through a cat (feed them to a cat and then pick them out of the cat’s poop) before roasting them. Read more »
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By The Young Yentas, Advice Mavens
I don’t know how to deal with stress. It seems the more stressed I get, the more I just think about how stressed out I am. Any advice?
Unfortunately, stress is very common, but there are a few things that you can do to help yourself feel better. The most important variable that applies to stress is time management. Don’t procrastinate! Manage your time wisely so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Read more »
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By Omry Shemesh
Finals are approaching, and we’re all freaking out. But there are many ways to make the next few weeks easier on you. Instead of stressing, consider these tips to make your final countdown less stressful and potentially increase your GPA!
Although most students find themselves cramming for finals, it’s much better to study throughout one full week. Dartmouth Academic Skills Center suggests that students study for 20-50 minute periods and take 5-10 minute breaks in between. Read more »
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Dear Young Yentas,
There are less than three weeks left in school, and everyone seems to be getting sick! Students are coming to class sick because they are at a crucial point of the semester. How do I stay healthy during the next few weeks of school when everyone around me is getting sick?
Sincerely, Germaphobe Phoebe
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