Bridget’s Guide to Managing Stress

Welcome back,

This week promises to be one of the most stressful and nerve-racking weeks of my college career. I have two senior presentation dress rehearsals, a paper due on Thursday and my big senior presentation on Friday night – not to mention Grad Fest on Wednesday! I have learned a lot about dealing with stress in the last four years, and I know I will be putting some of the techniques to good use this week. I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of my de-stressing techniques with you via the blog and hopefully you’ll find something that works for you as well!

1. Get outside – Even if you take a short walk to Starbucks or around Lake Marion, set aside some time to get outside during a stressful time. You will be surprised how much more clear your mind gets after just a few minutes outside.

2. Call your family – If you’re away at school like I have been, being away from your family can make dealing with stressful times all the more difficult. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and talk it out with someone in your family. You will be comforted by speaking to someone familiar and you might gain some extra insight about getting through the stress. Plus, I’m sure your family is always happy to hear from you!

3. Exercise – Whether you like to go to the gym, run, or just do some yoga in your room, make sure to allow time for that during a stressful week. It’s easy to let exercise fall by the wayside when you have so much going on, but stress makes exercise that much more important! For me, starting my day with a little yoga in my apartment is very effective. It helps me clear my mind and get relaxed before I try to take on any difficult tasks.

4. Watch a good show or movie before bed – One of my biggest problems during stressful times is falling asleep. If I work right up until bed time, I find that sleep just doesn’t come very easily. Therefore, I think it’s extremely necessary to put your work aside an hour or so before you go to bed and just put on your favorite show or movie to help yourself relax and take your mind off any stressful events ahead. Getting an adequate amount of sleep will help ensure that you’re ready to tackle the next day!

I hope these tips will help someone else battle stress and be successful as much as they have helped me during my time at SXU. This week represents the culmination of a lot of hard work for my classmates, and so I would appreciate prayers, thoughts and positive vibes!

Until next time…

Spring Formals!

IMG_1801Hello readers! Hope you are all doing well! This week has been a busy one for me. On Monday, I started my morning at 6 a.m. and I didn’t finish till my night class that got done at 8 p.m. I finally got to go to Pilates for the first time in a while! With my classes and spring break, I haven’t been able to go so it felt awesome to be back at it and working out.

On Tuesday, I had my normal long day from 8 a.m. until my night class that got done at 8:30 p.m. Yay for long days! The nice thing about Tuesday is before my night class we had our Spring Break Service Trip Reunion. So pretty much this consisted of the people from all the different service trip locations coming together and talking about all the trips and the work they did.

On Wednesday, I started my day with a tour before class. I love working with prospective students. I am not completely sure exactly what I love most about it. I think that I just love sharing the reasons why I love SXU. Later on Wednesday, I had a Mercy Students for Peace and Justice (MSPJ) meeting about this upcoming month and plans for Earth Week. Following this meeting, I had an ECO club meeting talking about our goals for creating a more ecofriendly campus.

I began my Thursday with my 8 a.m. class. After that, I worked the “Catholic Higher Education as a Partner in the Church’s Mission” event for campus Ministry. All I had to do was help people get to where they needed to go, so as a tour guide it wasn’t hard or anything! Archbishop Cupich came as a speaker to discuss the relationship between Catholic higher education, the Church, and their shared mission.

IMG_1833Early on Friday MSPJ had our last Broadview Deportation Trip. It was a bittersweet vigil to be a part of for me. It was a beautiful interfaith vigil that had all kinds of different faiths and cultures. We had a great turnout, and I feel so blessed to have been able to lead the trips this semester. Thank you to Kathy, Lupe, and Elizabeth for helping me on the trips and being there for me. 12916936_971571876258451_731283452280336450_o (1)I do not know what I will do without all of you when you graduate next month. Thank you, Yuritza, for showing me how Broadview should be led, and I hope that this semester I led it a fraction as well as you did when you were here. Later on Friday, SXU had our Spring Formal on the Odyssey II Cruise Ship. It was a great time! The whole Odyssey was rented out for SXU. This year, the theme was a masquerade ball, which was really fun. Lots of people had fun masks and beautiful dresses. I had such a lovely time with my friends and I feel so blessed to have them in my life.

Following a late Friday, on Saturday, I had my boyfriend Jon’s ISP (Integrated Science Program) Spring Formal where we went to dinner at Orso’s and then we went to see a Second City Show. It was a fantastic show and it was so funny! IMG_1856I really want to go again! The show we saw called “The 40th Revue” was just great!  Second City, for those who do not know, is similar to TV’s “Saturday Night Live” just a little smaller! If anyone ever has an opportunity to get to go, I would for sure go. It’s a great show!

I hope the weather gets less crazy than it was this week. IMG_1857And that everyone remembers that we are in the final stretch. WE CAN DO THIS!!