Being a first-year student attending a university has allowed for me to experience a myriad of new things. Being in a new social scene with the opportunity to meet new people and make new friendships has been an amazing experience to have. Making my college experience nothing less than a great new chapter in my life, now that is to say aside from the abrogate amounts of school work that have continued to present detrimental amounts of stress to me. The best cure I have found for this outrageous amount of stress is going to the gym and working out – to not only better my mental and emotional state, but also my physical stature.
Working out is a great way to keep your body and mind preforming at its peak. An affirming statement that had come from accredited research done by staff members from the Mayo Clinic, “Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever.” Alone this statement reiterates my previous statement about actions I take to alleviate my stress. Because of the increase of endorphins, you receive while working out; and working out can be as something as small as taking a hike on a trail to lifting heavy weights to gain muscle mass, people are able to increase their attitude and put that pep back into their step. By increasing the flow of endorphins people just live their lives better, and this is something I have noticed within myself. By working out every day I am not only improving my physical appearance, but I am also increasing my focus, memory, and my motivation for all of my classes.
Along with increasing the number of endorphins that make you happier, living an active lifestyle also helps by giving more structure to your life by reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, which are associated with stress, but I explain them to be in their own category. As a personal example, ever since I had begun to workout I have been able to be more persistent with getting assignments in on time and being punctual because I am not as stressed out when I need to do them, or even have to catch up on one. The ideology behind this can again be supported by Mayo Clinic staff members, by allowing you to restructure your daily routine to incorporate a workout in to assist with the removal of stress and pressure throughout the day. The staff also continue by stating, “Regular exercise can increase self-confidence, it can relax you, and it can lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety.” This ties back into the previous explanation that there is a good reason behind pursuing an active lifestyle. They continue this idea by highlighting a key motivator for people, “All of these exercise benefits can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life.” Having control over your body and life is something that alone makes me want to pursue it and continue to do it after I have it. Because of all the stress that comes with entering college, it seems at time that you lose yourself and need something to refresh your mind and body to get just through the week. And that is another reason why I pursue an active lifestyle, to refresh my mind and body to get a better grip on reality so that I can focus up and continue on my path of excellence.
Overall the detriments of having stress and mal practices of how to cope and deal with stress seem to be a key factor in why people are struggling. However, through partaking in virtually any active activity we can begin to lean away from a stress filled day into something that is more beneficial for ourselves. The removal of stress, symptoms of depression and anxiety are reasons why I continue to truthfully enjoy an active lifestyle – and the benefits of looking more toned and muscular are always good too.
My name is Jared Page, currently I am a Business Marketing and Management Student attending the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I am currently transferring to my dream school of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville to continue my education. I have continued to strive for greatness and received a plethora of awards; the National Honors Society along with the National Society of Leadership Success. Through this I have been helping my family with scholarship awards and have relieved some of the financial stress of sending two children off to college. If I were to win scholarship award this would assist with me completing my dreams of being able to transfer to the University of Tennessee Knoxville and complete my degree with little to no student debt.