Ok, my friends, this is my last post for We’re Not Idiots. As we bid our final farewell, I find myself asking these questions: Would my posts have gained a stronger following if I was more committed to Twitter? Could I have applied for that internship if I was better versed in html coding? Should I have bought the rights to this blog? These questions remain unanswered and, to be honest, their answers don’t matter anyway. What I woulda, coulda, or shoulda done yesterday isn’t going to change where I am today.
Alrighty, we’ve already covered how to positively present yourself during nerve-racking interviews, so now we’re going to talk about another nail biter- those oh-so wonderful things called exams. It’s the same case circumstance every time- you’ve put forth the effort, studied hard, and know every answer until you pick up your pen. A significant number of people study and participate in class but anxiety still gets the best of them. It’s frustrating to learn the material, study long and hard, and then under-perform on a test due to excessive anxiety. Are you looking for possible solutions to this recurring, brain-draining scenario?
By the time you get your things together and drive to the gym, you could have already worked out. That’s not even counting the time you might waste negotiating waiting lines at the gym during peak hours. Look, I’m not fundamentally opposed to gyms; this is no rant aimed at bringing down the industry. But the idea that they are integral to the process of fitness, and the expenses involved, might be counterproductive to actually getting in shape. There are other, more time-efficient, less expensive options.
Why do we go to the gym? Is it because we believe they have resources we need that are beyond our budgets? Do we feel that signing up for a membership will forge a commitment that will serve as motivation? Are we under the impression that we are joining a pleasant, like-minded society where we can meet and interact with a dashing crowd? There is, I believe, folly to these preconceptions — and I want to debunk them.
Quite often, stress stems directly from self-formed perceptions of the situation. Often that perception is right, but sometimes it’s not. The thoughts you think have a profound effect, in both the short and long-term, on your emotional and physical well-being. To even become stressed we must make two judgments: first, we must feel threatened by the situation; second, we mentally question whether our skills can battle the threat. How stressed you feel depends on the level of damage you foresee from the situation at hand, and how closely your resources meet those immediate demands. Personal perception is key to this, as situations are not stressful in their own right.