The Art of Keeping Calm

We all lose our cool sometimes, and as students, we all know how easy it is to get stressed out.  In fact, as I’m writing this, I’m on the phone with my bank! If that’s not enough to make anyone want to pull their hair out, I don’t know what is.  I’m going to take a bit of the advice I’m sending you way, and apply it to my situation.  So what should you do to keep calm?  Read on!

Breathing exercises Just learning the art of breathing correctly can increase your mood and help mellow you out a bit.

Meditation: You’ll often feel like even if you take a minute off from your busy schedule that you’re being unproductive. When in reality you end up watching Modern Family on Hulu for an hour.  Instead, just take anywhere from five to 15 minutes to relax your mind.  You’ll be much more refreshed when you’re done and incorporating meditation into you daily routine will allow you to remain calm and mellow throughout your day..

Look at the bright side:  Sounds obvious, doesn’t it?  Sure this huge project may seem like the end of world now, but think about what it might do for you in the long run.  If relevant, this is a project you can add to your professional portfolio which you can leverage when hunting for internships and jobs.  Even though it’s difficult, do the best you can now and the rewards can be endless.

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4 responses to “The Art of Keeping Calm

  1. Just last night I was feeling so overwhelmed from all the work this semester (I graduate this spring, so you can imagine how intense the design program is right now!) There is so much pressure to do your best, but there are so many other things that pull you away from concentrating on that project! This post is great, and really was just in time! Thanks Victoria, your posts always help me re-focus myself! Keep it up!

  2. Thanks Liz! I graduate in the spring as well, so I get that whole “pressure is really on to finish out strong” sort of thing. Good luck with all of your school work, I’m sure it’ll all go great!

  3. Reblogged this on IIDA at ASU and commented:
    The Art of Keeping Calm is a past post from IIDA Students’ WordPress blog. We found it especially relevant this week as final studio reviews and critiques are in full swing. At whatever stage you are at with your final project, remember to breathe, stay calm, and make it one of your best works yet.

  4. Pingback: The Art of Keeping Calm | IIDA at ASU

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