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Anx: It’s a part of life?

I never thought my anxiety was a problem until about two weeks ago when I checked myself into a medical facility because I felt like I could be having a stroke. Admittedly, I never took people’s anxiety seriously, “it’s just an excuse”, I told myself, but after my “scary” situation, I now realize the severity of some people’s anxiety.

Most weeks, I work a job five days-a-week and then (currently) I work an internship with a local minor league baseball team. I host a pre-game radio show and I like to meticulously plan out my on-air routine when I get breaks from work, since it’s tough to find time in my day to get many things done. To shorten a long story, I let the stress of trying to get everything done in so little time get to me. This is not good because I experienced what is known as a “panic/anxiety” attack. One thing I learned through this experience is to try and limit your stress when you can. Everything is not going to fall apart because you decided to sit and eat lunch for a half hour. I got myself into the thinking that if I didn’t write up a perfect pre-game report it would be the end of the world.

I am by no means saying that some stress is not good because it allows us to learn from mistakes and make adjustments. What’s the definition of insanity? “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome”. I think it’s only natural that we are our own harshest critics, but we shouldn’t beat ourselves up so much that it causes  us to take ill.


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The bottom line: Stress is a part of life. Anxiety is something that many have to deal with, so everyone who falls into this camp just has to do what they can to limit their stress. Take a break from work, just relax for (even) five minutes. Most importantly, when you do something good, take that moment home with you. Maybe it was a rough day at the office, but I’m sure you did something “good” throughout the day. “Hang your hat on that”. Positive thinking is the only way to move forward. “I might have messed up earlier, I made a mistake, but I can always make up for it”. I hope some of you have found some solace in knowing that you are not the only one who suffers from some kind of anxiety. We can’t let it run our lives. The worst that can happen is that we fail, and our failures often make us better people. Just something to think about as you go through your busy week.

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It’s Finals Season: How and when do I study?

Many colleges and universities are two weeks, or so, away from final exams. This can be the most stressful time for a student, especially one who might be completing 12-15 credit hours per semester. Not to mention, they could be working a part-time job or interning at some establishment.

So what do you do?

How and when do you study?

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Spring: Break-Away From the Norm

Spring break is upon the campus of Rowan University-note much of the inactivity around campus- but there is plenty to do in New Jersey or wherever your home is if you cannot afford to go down to Florida or climb aboard a pleasure cruise.

Unfortunately, for some people, snow appears to be in the forecast this week. However, the snow can work to your advantage. So long as you are not in the workforce, the snow might keep you indoors, meaning that you can get ahead of your peers by studying. I know it does not sound glamorous, but what else do you have to do? This is a great opportunity if you were not satisfied with your classroom performance in the first half of the semester. If studying and getting ahead is not “your thing”, you can go outside and have a snowball fight, just like you used to when you were a child. Having a snowball fight or even playing a football game in the elements is always fun, no matter your age.

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Football season is coming to an end…You should spend your Sundays doing…

As the title states,  big game Sunday is fast approaching us (it’s next week), so you might be wondering what you should do to replace football for the next seven months or so. Well, I am writing to tell you that there are many things that you can do with your free Sundays from now on. Continue reading

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There’s Snow Outside: Should You Shovel It?

In case anyone was living under a rock this week, snow was covering much of New Jersey. Most specifically, where I live, in Gloucester Township, NJ: there was snow yesterday, a good 5-6 inches of it.

Okay. Hopefully, I haven’t put you to sleep just yet, just bear with me. You can get a good workout in the snow, in case you can’t make it to the gym or you just don’t have the urge to get another type of home workout in.

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Obesity and High Blood Pressure Rates in Philadelphia’s Student-Athletes Are too High

If anyone has ever read a health journal or has had high blood pressure themselves they understand that being at a healthy weight could work wonders for their condition. But a new study included on Philly.com, in an article written by Rita Giordano; suggests that participation in sports is not enough to combat the obesity and high blood pressure rates in children ages 10-20. Continue reading