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As a recent college graduate, you can be assured that I have experience in dealing with the stress that comes with it. Between going to classes, keeping up on homework, balancing internships and finding time for friends, the stress can become overwhelming. Throughout my four years of classes at The University of Scranton, these are the 7 ways I have been able to reduce stress in my own life. I hope you find them helpful!
Classes, internships and jobs can leave you cooped up inside all day. The fluorescent lights and lack of fresh air can make you feel confined and uncomfortable. Try finding time to sit outside throughout the day. Doing homework at a picnic table, studying on a bench or just reclining on an open green can refresh your mind and leave you ready for the next task at hand vent to someone you trust.
It can be a close friend, your mom, or even a professor you feel comfortable with. Sometimes getting things out of your mind and into the air can help you feel better about tackling all the things you have to do this week. It might even help you realize that it’s totally doable and you’re stressing out over nothing!
In times of stress we tend to make bad food choices. We turn to caffeine products, sugary sweets, and carb-filled snacks to hold us over until the next meal. Unfortunately, these kinds of foods can you leave you groggy and falling asleep during classes. If hunger hits and you need something quick before class, grab a piece of fruit or string cheese from the POD. These snacks will leave you energized and ready to take on your busy schedule!
This goes along with my previous point. A cup or two of coffee is great in the morning to get you going, but the real secret to staying alert and energized is water. When your body is hydrated, it performs at its best and you will be able to think more clearly. Next time you feel drowned in school work, put down the energy drink can and reach for the water!
One of the best ways to reduce stress is taking a fitness class. Exercise release happy hormones in your brain that can let you escape your problems even if it’s just for an hour. Exercise can also help you feel more energized and excited to get back to your work AND it’ll help you sleep at night. So, whether it’s dancing, lifting weights, basketball, or kickboxing, get your butt out there and sweat the stress away!
We all hear it, and we all refuse to believe it applies to us, but sleep is SO important. Without sleep you can become irritable and sluggish, leaving you feeling too tired to get anything done. It may seem like a good idea to stay up late and get those extra hours of studying in, but that time would be better spent sleeping. Try to get your 6-8 hours per day and schedule your homework for a better time.
Now you might be thinking, “How am I supposed to exercise, sleep enough, AND get all my school work done?” Well, you’ve asked the right person. I am a firm believer in using an agenda, planner, schedule, or whatever you like. I find writing everything in a planner keeps my to-do’s organized in one place and keeps me accountable for finishing them. Crossing off things as I finished them was a surprisingly awesome feeling that motivated to get my work done!
And there you have it. Those are just seven ways you reduce stress throughout your college experience. Keep your mind and body healthy and get organized. You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel after trying just a few of these tactics. Good luck and have a great semester!
So today I did a quick talk where I shared some tips that will help keep you safe if you are ever attacked and find your self having to defend yourself. These tips do not involve techniques they are all mental but they will help keep you safe regardless of how much training you have done. Obviously the more training the better. So let me just share these tips quickly and if you have any questions please let me know.
First things first you have to know you are ready and that you will be okay. Do not let fear getting into your mind at all. Now training is something that will definitely help you here. The better your training the easier it is to be confident. At first when I was training in a karate like style I was not truly confident. It helped and I thought I would be okay when I needed to defend myself but it wasn’t until I got pretty good in Judo / BJJ that I was truly confident in defending myself. And its a great feeling to have.
This will help a ton. Simply put you want to know where you are strong and try to make the ‘fight’ happen there. Avoid your weak areas at all costs and make sure that is not what determines the outcome of the fight. I know I am strong in terms of throwing or in the clinch and on the ground if I end up there. So I want to make all self defense situations about throwing if I can. I dont want it to look like a boxing match at all!!
To be honest a lot of people really mess this up! The goal of a self defense situation is to get home safe. That is it. You dont need to look cool, you dont need to hurt the other person and you dont need to try a cool move you learned on youtube. You just need to get home safe. Make sure your ego does not get the better of you.
No matter how good you are.. or how strong the other guy is. You should 100% out work your attacker. Your life is in the line. Make sure you do everything you can to accomplish your goal. Whatever it takes you need to get home to your family. Dont forget that.
If you want to watch the video where I talk about this in a bit more detail please visit www.facebook.com/scrantonmma
As always if you have any questions please just let us know and we will do our very best to help you out!
Tips to Reduce Stress
Here are five tips that can help you reduce the amount of stress that you are dealing with. Take a quick read and let me know what you think!
1. Exercise. Train, Run, Lift. Get moving. Exercising can get your mind off of your worries, relax you and can improve your mood for hours after.
2. Spend Time With Friends / Family. Its amazing how good friends and family can make you feel. When you are stressed make sure you spend some time with the right people!
3. Journal. Write out what you are worried about and why. Think of it as a way to get those thoughts out of your head.
4. Get Outside. We spend way too much time indoors. Get outside. Take a walk breath in some fresh air. Kick your shoes off. It can be very relaxing.
5. Positive Thoughts. Force yourself to say good and positive things about yourself and your life. Make it a habit to do it whenever you are feeling stressed.
Ok So today I shot a video where I share a few tips that will help you defeat a larger attacker. No obviously this is something that training will help. However just training might not be enough or if this is something you do not address in your training you might be in for a bit of a surprise. I think it is very beneficial to train with some if these tips in mind and Some of the best grapplers out there always keep these in mind while training.
If you want to watch the short video.. its only about 90 seconds.. then just click here: https://youtu.be/3NUgJajrr9w
So with all that said lets get into the tips.
1. You Choose Where The Fight Happen.
I think the number one thing you can do to give yourself an edge against a larger attacker is to chose where the fight will happen. The most obvious way to use this tip is that if the attacker wants to make the attack look like a boxing match it is to your advantage to make it a grappling match. Most people would agree that it is much easier to fight a stronger person on the ground especially if that person does not know how to fight on the ground. Being proficient in ground fighting actually lets you use the attackers strength to attack them.
2. Change What Determines The Outcome
Again this goes to taking control of the situation as best you can. Why would you want the fight to be all about strength. Instead turn things around so that the winner will be determined by things like technique, timing and speed. Again one of the easiest ways to make this happen is to not get into a strength contest. Make it a grappling contest.. take the fight to the ground. This allows the person who is more proficient at ground fighting to win the fight.
3.Use Lots of Your Muscles To Attack Small Parts of Their Body
The easiest way to end a fight against a large attacker is to use a submision. Submissions allow you to use a lot of your body parts / muscles to attack small(er) parts of your attacker. For instance when you armbar someone you get to use your arms, legs and back muscles to attack a persons arm. You have a very good chance of winning that battle.