Why You Need to Stop Worrying About Whatever You're Worrying About

Little tastes of spring are hopefully around the corner, and that means spring fever—that overwhelming sense of rebirth and refresh - is finally here. For Chicagoans, though, warm and short-short days aren’t until late May. Who knows - it could snow another foot before then.

If you’re feeling a little down, if school work is dragging you, if you’re losing motivation ‘cause the routine is just too strenuous and you hate your commute, stop dwelling on what’s to come. Here are some reminders as to why you shouldn’t waste your time worrying about whatever it is you’re worrying about at the moment:

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You Probably Have Dealt with Something Worse

It can be easy to get overwhelmed by something in the present moment and worry about it too much. An exam, for example, could make your palms sweat and heart race, but we forget that there have probably been much harder tests that we’ve survived, or that we haven’t even seen the worst of them. Why waste time obsessing over a test? There are some things that people have gone through that some people haven’t. Remember who you are and appreciate what you have experienced as lessons learned.

There Are People Going Through Worse

We also don’t realize that there are people in worse situations than we are. Yeah, test taking season can feel intense, but there are people out there who don’t even have access to education. Check yourself and ask yourself if it’s really something to be stressing over.

Hard Days Really Do Get Better

There are going to be a lot of good and bad days. It all depends on your perspective. You have the ability to make the most of your days. It’s okay to have days where you literally do nothing, and it’s okay to have days where you do everything. Whatever is going on in your life, things will sort themselves out.

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Don’t Forget to Treat Yourself, Because You Are Human

On days when you’re the most uptight, treating yourself and giving yourself a break is the most important. Eat some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, watch Sex and the City, chill with some cool chicks and chat, do something fulfilling and relax—you’re allowed to treat yourself.

Take a Shower and Decompress

Something as simple as showering can be the most detoxifying way to get rid of all the bad thoughts and weight of the day. Take in the steam, use a new body gel, and sing Ariana’s new album. It really does help.

When things in the head become a bit fuzzy, especially in this transition to sunnier days, remember not to worry too much because better times are around the corner. Even if you aren’t necessarily stressing about anything (besides two research papers due), refer back to these tips and advice as a reminder that everything will be okay.