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Life Comes at You Fast. Let’s #PressPause.

October 23, 2017

Sometimes, between school or work, obligations to family and friends, world events and just getting though the day, it can feel like too much is going on. When you add to this the amount of time many of us spend (often unproductively) online and on social media, it is easy to find yourself overwhelmed with all the things you feel you need to take care of. And it is a short step between “overwhelmed” and “stressed out”. The strange thing is that being stressed out can have an impact on your sleep, concentration, mood work/school performance and your relationships. The other odd thing is that when you are stressed out, even small things that come up can add way more to your stress level than they otherwise would.

Luckily, there are things we all can do to help reduce some of the overwhelmed feelings and the stress. We’ve learned in recent years that simple actions and techniques we can all practice without special training or equipment can help us relieve some of the stress and calm down. These activities are generally referred to as “mindfulness” techniques. And while they are sometimes taught by counselors or therapists to people who have really bad anxiety, we can all practice many of these methods on our own and learn to call on these techniques especially when we are feeling stressed out.

This is why MTVU and JED launched a new Half of Us campaign, Press Pause ( Press Pause presents you with animations portraying potentially stressful situations and then walks you through a possible “mindfulness” type of response. The basic idea is that before you respond to an irritating or stressful situation, take a moment to breathe, think through the situation and consider your options before responding. The site also offers suggestions for getting organized and managing your time and workload.

We’ll continue to add more scenarios over the next several weeks. We hope you find this new content to be helpful for managing your stress.

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