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The Smart Women’s Guide to… College Stress Relief

They say that your college years are the best years of your life!  I’d like to know exactly who they are so I can forward them a copy of my latest Business Marketing final exam. Really, just a few of the short essay questions are all that are really necessary. Ever since I entered business school, I am experiencing headaches, insomnia and the “blessed” weight gain.  I swear, I have shrunk an inch in the last semester, as well.  My spine feels compressed and I have that dull throbbing pain in the base of your neck.  I’ve been combating stress and anxiety as long as I can remember.  However, it wasn’t until I took pen to paper and signed away two years of my life to earn my MBA, that my stress began to soar.  My go-to stress busters are not working.  Late night pizzas and hokey chick flicks that worked in my early twenties are definitely the thing of the past, bye bye Hallmark Channel and Home Run Inn Pizza.

I do some yoga at home but am now finding myself watching Vanyasa Flow from the comfort of my couch.  I’m pretty sure that visualization isn’t going to align my spine straight.  It’s a whole new world out there and medi-spas, franchise massage memberships and yoga studios are on the rise.

As Americans, we are true consumers.  We live in a time where a quick Google search serves up a plethora of opportunities for just about anything.  As a woman in search of stress relief my latest yoga Google search resulted in 10,300,000 results in .045 seconds– ah the power of high speed Wi-Fi.  My next step is to figure out how to pay for these classes.  I’m beginning to feel my stress level rise again.  Cha-ching, that’s the sound of my brain remembering to check Groupon to find some great deals. After a quick local Chicago yoga studios online search, I make my final decision, I think. Ok, it’s between two and that one that also offers chakra clearings. Now I need new yoga pants and a super cute hoodie with thumb holes. This search resulted in another lightening speed Google search resulting in 41,900 results in 0.65 seconds.

These Google searches are stressing me out.  I’m shutting down my laptop, grabbing my yoga mat & heading to the next Yin Yoga class I can find. I’m also resisting the urge to pull out my cell phone and check my text messages to find out where my friends are going for happy hour.  Must stay focused, deep cleansing breaths…