I don’t remember ever not being stressed around this time of year. Last year I was worried about passing AP exams, finding a prom dress and date, picking a college, preparing for graduation, etc. Compared to that, this year is much more manageable. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not still stressed. I have no idea what I will receive as a grade in one of my classes as its entirety is based on my essay style final exam and a paper I handed in last week. I’m also stressed over physics; my performance on the upcoming final exam will make or break both my grade and GPA. It is for this reason that I’ve been focusing on de-stressing and clearing my mind so I can study and carry out tasks to the best of my ability.
Although going to the gym helps, riding is the only real way that I can clear my head, re-energize, and make my stress melt away. It is the one thing in life (other than chocolate) that will never fail to make me happy. This past week, I’ve ridden multiple horses every day and it has felt great. It’s giving me a peek into what my summer will (hopefully) look like, filled with horses and days spent at the barn.
Everyone needs a de-stressor, a hobby, a passion, something. We cannot expect ourselves to constantly work and tax our minds and bodies. There is a major difference between being distressed and de-stressed. It is necessary to have fun and to have a release. Escaping to the barn keeps me away from school and my negative thoughts about physics. Focusing all my attention on it would not insure me a great grade; it would only stress me out, make my under-eye circles worse, and make me feel drained and exhausted. I’ll do all that I can to get through my stressors successfully but they don’t have to consume me. Getting on a horse and riding is something that always has and always will make me happy and feel ready to tackle any task placed in front of me.