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I’m Freaking Out, Man.

Thanksgiving is coming up and we’re all pumped to go home, see our families, and grub out on some home-cooked food. I know I am at least.

But once this unflustered break comes to an end most of us will start migrating towards the library and make up for a lot of lost alone time with our textbooks. This is because we have finals. Our finals bring on a lot of unwanted but somewhat necessary stress, and sometimes this stress can make or break us.

I found this article that talks about the physical and emotional consequences stress has on us and the toll it can take on your body over a long period of time. The article actually goes on to say that research has found the more bad things that happen in your life, the worse you become at dealing with adversity, which is pretty depressing.

So what do you think? What kind of physical and emotional toll does stress take on you? Do you think stress has more positive or negative effects on a person? And do you really think that the amount of bad things in someone’s life hinders their ability to recover from them?

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  1. November 21, 2011 at 4:22 am

    I think it depends on what kind of stress someone has to deal with. Most of us deal with the stress of getting an A in a class or finishing an assignment on time. I think this type of stress is normal and doesn’t leave long term damage, however that is not the case with all kinds of stress. Something more devastating can have a bigger effect on someone, or no effect at all.

  2. November 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I think that stress, in small amounts has positive effects on the body, does more negative effects than good. Stress takes a physical toll on the body, like loss of sleep, short temper, nervousness, and even a weakened immune system. I know that I’ve gotten sick this year from stress about school and sports. But I don’t believe it leaves any long term damage physically or mentally to people. Stress is just part of college life, and its not going to go away after college in the professional world, so its better that we learn to manage it now and keep it at a minimum then get out to the professional world and not be able to handle it.

  3. November 25, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I find it bitterly ironic that you choose to discuss stress after break while I am attempting to deal with it during the holiday itself! Every year, it seems as though I somehow forget just how tense large family reunions can prove, especially when the 15+ relatives at the dinner table are simply unable to coexist peacefully for a single night.

    Last year, a screaming match between two partially deaf aunts sparked a series of phone calls from concerned neighbors. This year, clumps of mashed potatoes were flung across the living room in anger. I’m not even remotely kidding.

    Television advertisements publicize major holidays as times of universal cheer (generally with the intent of having us open our wallets). By the time Thanksgiving or Christmas roll around, our minds have already been poisoned with this nonsense. But, of course, when everyone tries too hard to make the day perfect, chances are that it won’t turn out that way. By the end of the night, hugs, kisses, and give giving have inevitably made way for mashed potato warfare. How charming.

    At times, I wish that our culture would simply abandon the unnecessary hype surrounding the holiday season. Thanksgiving and Christmas don’t need to be personified as the most special times of the year. After all, they’re just days. If we would stop setting the bar so impossibly high, time with the family would be that much more tolerable.

  4. November 28, 2011 at 5:41 am

    I think that the amount of bad things in a persons life has a temporary effect on a person but not a long lasting negative effect. In fact, I believe it makes one stronger and better able to deal with it. I also think that ones support system also has an effect on how stress and bad things affect one.When I was in 4th grade my house burned down and it was very difficult to deal with, and then two years later my brother passed away. These were two very hard events to deal with at the time and we were all distraught, but thanks to my friends I was able to bounce back fast an power through. They both caused me to realize that bad things happen but they are not the end of the world. All we can do is just continue on and remember what was lost. So when worrying about studying, take a break and hang out with your friends and it will make the stress soon disappear.

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