The Week Before Winter Break as Told by Portlandia

Ah, winter break is right around the corner and we all know what that means to us college students….COOKED food and a bed that does NOT feel like a rock. This last week before our 5 weeks of freedom is the toughest because we’re so close yet so far from running away from these final exams. So let’s rejoice with our coffee and irritability for the next couple of nights because we’ll be home soon!

Portlandia knows exactly how we’re all feeling right about now:

  • When you see classmates at the club while you’re thinking about all the exams that need to be studied for, and final papers that need to be written.

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  • You already know how much you have to do, so when someone reminds you…

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  • “I already finished writing my papers and I have absolutely no exams to study for!”

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  • When you finally start to notice how bad you have been eating all semester…

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  • You have a week left but it’s too late…you’ve already gone insane.tumblr_n4tahermtu1qhcd6po1_500

  • When you’ve been procrastinating for so long that your roomies have to yell at you to STOP WATCHING NETFLIX AND WRITE THAT FREAKING ESSAY.

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  • You’re just sick and tired of being sick and tired. Thanks, college.

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  • Let’s be positive, guys…Christmas is in two weeks!!

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Please Read This When You’re Feeling Anxious

As a young adult diagnosed with anxiety, social anxiety, and occasional panic attacks, I know how impossible completing simple tasks can be day-to-day. Sometimes my anxiety medication cannot help me completely and I have to resort to the power of my own thoughts to comfort my anxieties. So, to anyone out there dealing with the crushing pain of any type of anxiety, please read this, because sometimes positive words are more powerful than your prescription.

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  • Try your best to NOT overthink…I know this sounds insane, but I always use these words to help me through an overthinking fit.

    1. “Your mind is not that powerful, so you’re not going to change anything by worrying about something excessively.”

    2. “Just let it all be; whatever happens, will happen, no matter how much you think about it.”

    3. “Concentrate on your senses…look around, smell, and feel….notice how alive you are.”

 

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  • In social situations, think about the other people, and not yourself. I have terrible anxiety when I’m in bigger group situations and I always think about these words to help me through it.

    • “They want to hear what you have to say.”

    • “Focus on your breathing….limit your thoughts.”

    • “They’re all just like you.”

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  • During a panic attack I experience really fast breathing, shaking, and pure insanity. Your attacks may be more calm to a certain extent, but these words can help you calm down.

    • “Breathe in for 5 seconds….breathe out for 5 seconds….and repeat until you are calm.”

    • “Think of the positives…your favorite movies, music, and celebrity; what makes you happy?”

    • “Call a friend, let it all out.”

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To an extent, words may not help, but we have to realize that if we can cause the anxiety, we can calm down the anxiety. Life is too short to focus on the what-ifs. You’ll be amazed to see how beautiful life is when you actually sit down and focus on your current surroundings. Life will happen according to its own design, so learn to embrace it.

This post is in no way telling people with anxiety to stop using their medication, but rather, to not depend on it, because we are NOT our anxiety…we are our own person.