7 Ways You Know You're Stressed

by: BRIDGET CONLIN

School is stressful, like, 99.9% of the time. Stress-management methods may include crying, curling into a ball, wishing you were a dog, or falling asleep on your textbook. In an ideal world, Alexa would take care of everything—the conversation would go something like this: “Hey Alexa, bring me a pizza, 16 French Bulldogs, and a 4.0 GPA.” Unfortunately, Alexa can probably only get you a pizza so the rest is up to us. Here’s five ways you know you’re reallystressed about school (as if you needed reminding). Thankfully, we also have a guide to creating the ultimate study sesh to help you work through the pain. We always got you.

1. You live dangerously and start a Netflix series

This is also scientifically known as “procrastination”, but since we don’t really like that word, we prefer to refer to is as “living on the edge”.  You know you should be making study guides and preparing for an exam, but your brain is on overdrive so you decide to start Gossip Girl from the beginning for the third time this year, instead. How can you resist the infamous Chuck and Blair limo scene?

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2. Your skin is at war with itself

Since everything else is already going wrong, your skin refuses to be left out of the stress party. Enter stress acne. This fun little breakout generally pops up on your forehead, which is particularly sensitive to stress acne. Make sure to keep your hands away from your face, and keep your skin hydrated with good foods and water—check out this guide to getting rid of those pesky blemishes!

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3. You don’t know how to dress yourself anymore

Forget about jeans. Honestly, forget about anything that doesn’t involve leggings, oversized sweatshirts or sneakers. Picking an outfit may seem more difficult than the history test you’re cramming for. They say “dress well, test well” but we say “feel well, test better”. Do what feels good, girlfriend.

 

4. You look at Instagram every 30 seconds just in case something new happened

We are all victims. Say it loud and proud. No one, and I mean no one, is averse to the powers of the Instagram feed, particularly when there is a new meme, cute animal video, or your crush posts a fire pic. It’s particularly tempting right at the moment when you’re trying to remember the names of King Henry VIII’s wives. Sorry Hen, but Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse keep posting about each other.

 

5. You deserve (need) a lifetime supply of dry shampoo

You now have a killer study guide made, and can accurately explain the War of 1812, but your hair hasn’t met water or liquid shampoo in several days. You knowyou’re stressin’ about school when even your hair care routine has been totally derailed.

 

6. You eat anything and everything in sight

True hunger, or procrastination technique? Who really knows? Who really cares? Your fridge is silently whispering your name and, boy, are you responding to the call. No carrot, cookie, or carbonara pasta is safe. The harder you study, the hungrier you become. Maybe you’re mentally working out? That makes sense, right?

7. You suddenly become an expert on everything

… That is, except for the subject you’re studying, of course. Wikipedia is the fountain of knowledge and you are THIRSTY. Why do cats meow? Why is soap slippery? What is Mercury Retrograde? You now have all the answers. You could take any test. Except for your math test.

 

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