As college students one of the hardest things for us to do is relax. With the pressure to do well in school then graduate and find jobs, it can feel like the weight of the world is on our shoulders. A new study released says that your ability to “chill out” or deal with your stress adequately can lead to longer healthier lives. Researchers from The Brandeis University have figured out correlations between forgiving yourself for mistakes and being able to move on instead of stress on the topic will live longer, healthier lives than people who would obsess over the same things.
Stress is a deadly thing and can induce harmful responses in the body. These responses rival the effects of diseases and injuries like inflammation. While regulated inflammation is a good thing and can help prevent infection or boost healing, unregulated inflammation can have an adverse affect on the body leading to heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Having to deal with the stress of school and having the real world just a couple of years away can be a scary thing for most people but some have figured out ways to deal with these stresses in the best way possible, learning to not worry about the things out of your control. Have some compassion for yourself and take solace in the fact that you’ll feel not only better about yourself but you’ll be healthier and live longer because of it.
Alex Sroczynski (C)