Keeping UP with Mental and Emotional Stress

Haaay, UP life. Aside from getting the best possible education you can get in the country, you also get to experience the things that only studying in the premier state university can bring. But, along with the privilege of being an Iskolar ng Bayan, comes *drumroll* stress! They say that pressure makes diamonds and in UP, we know that we have the sufficient amount of stress we need (or that may be an understatement since we’ve got surplus). Here are some things that you can apply to your life to cope with stress!

  1. Give yourself a break!

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Before you roll your eyes and lament over how a break is something you “can’t afford,” pause for a moment and think. Do you really have no time, or are you merely not spending it wisely? Alongside this tip is the hidden instruction of managing your time well. I know that the schedule of many of us are really full with all the extracurricular activities, jobs, etc. that we partake in, but before you resign to the fact that your default state in your university stay is in zombie mode, reflect and think of all the time you procrastinated, time which could have been put to better use (ehem, like giving attention to the most important person, you!)

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  1. Laugh it off!

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I’m not even kidding. Several studies would back up that evidently, you can really fake it til you make it! Speaking from experience, when the acads gaming gets really strong, I just burst out laughing. Because if I don’t do this, the alternative is something I don’t enjoy. Panic attacks, anyone?

  1. Meditate.

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If you have not received any meditation classes before, don’t even dare fret! You don’t even have to be enrolled in a PE class (asa ka pa, kidding!) to get inner peace. This is something that can be done in your own ways and in your own time. Delegate a time of day (at least 10 mins.) to just get your thoughts together. Lucky for us, there are several places in the campus where it’s quiet and conducive for just detoxing your mind and soul.

  1. Ask for help!

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And lastly, never be afraid for help! Everything that we feel are merely electrochemical exchanges that happen in our brain. So are we really going to let these tiny processes rule our whole life?! Talking it out is one of the most helpful ways to get yourself back together. Fortunately, we have our ever friendly counselors and therapists in school who will always lend us understanding ears. Who knows, your days of gloom might just be caused by dysfunction in your mind’s inner working. A pill or two won’t hurt!

  1. Give yourself time.

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Being sad and frustrated is a normal part of life. Cliche as it is, the negative things you are feeling now are merely part of the interlude into a better, brighter, you! Think of it as life’s way of molding you into a braver person. You can’t always be happy. Whether you believe in tadhana, or that life is what you make it, just take a moment to feel everything and take every bit in. That’s just living!

Before closing in with a tone very much like that of The Artidote’s and berlin-artparasite’s, let me just repeat my point on asking for help. There are several institutions that will be willing to listen to you! Because you matter. Always.

  • UP Diliman Office of Counseling and Guidance
    • Room 308-310, Vinzon’s Hall
    • Telephone: (632) 9295835
    • UP VoIP: (632) 981-8500 local 4501
  • UP Diliman Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment:
    • 2nd Floor Benton Hall, M. Roxas St.
    • UP Trunkline: (632) 981 8500
  • HOPELINE (run by The Natasha Goulbourn Foundation):
    • (02) 804-HOPE (4673)
    • 0917 558 HOPE (4673)
    • 2919 (toll-free number for all GLOBE and TM subscribers).
  • Manila Lifeline Centre:
    • 02-896-9191
    • 0917-854-9191

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