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    Do you guys experience an "end of the semester" slump? Do you find that training gets harder, stress both mental and physical goes up towards finals? If you so you can buy my drug for 3 easy payments of $900. JK

    Im one of those that doesn't stress over anything(because im single(Ladies ) because the things that really matter to me are parents, sister, health and god. I like to think that I have a pretty good grip on my hierarchy of importance with the things i stated being at the top and my social life being last. I always do my best to stay up to date on my assignments and exams throughout the semester even though if im fully honest i do get bad grades sometimes as a result of me not being prepared. DAMN YOU HISTOLOGY. In my opinion and experience i feel that people who have too much on their plate, Biological stress, Psychological stress and social stress tend to get sick, fall behind and have more anxiety compared to people with less interests/ hobbies/ friends (not news) if you will.

    How do you guys respond to stress(how undertrained are you really/10) ? Discuss.

  • #2
    I tend to stress over things pretty easily, but I also happen to perform better under stress, both in school and in the gym. I produce some of my best academic / brain work under a tight deadline, and always smash PRs in the middle of a high stress volume block. I need a fire under my ass to really get going. I do have a lot of anxiety, but I think the stress is a product of anxiety, and not vice versa, for me at least.

    To destress from it all: an extra large pepperoni pizza and reading scientific literature for fun. Also single, ladies.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by llaffin View Post
      I tend to stress over things pretty easily, but I also happen to perform better under stress, both in school and in the gym. I produce some of my best academic / brain work under a tight deadline, and always smash PRs in the middle of a high stress volume block. I need a fire under my ass to really get going. I do have a lot of anxiety, but I think the stress is a product of anxiety, and not vice versa, for me at least.

      To destress from it all: an extra large pepperoni pizza and reading scientific literature for fun. Also single, ladies.
      My go to food is typically either chick fil a because macros and or Chinese food.
      Im decent when it comes to performing under stress, but just depends on what I’m doing during the stressful event. Studying, I’m typically never stressed or stressing over. Work typically doesn’t stress me unless it’s busy and my coworkers aren’t pulling their load and I can’t do my duties.

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      • #4
        Social stress is very difficult because unlike gym stress, it is not in your control.
        I think the biopsychosocial model that is described here can be useful in identifying where your stress might be coming from but we need to dig deeper to know what to do next.

        Placing your social life last might not be helping. I don’t mean that you should go to parties all the time but adding low intensity socialising (rpe6-7) can really help. Maybe getting a study group together, or joining a club at college can actually help you increase your grades. Grades go up stress goes down (possibly).

        Say being best man at a wedding is RPE 10 socialising, talking to your good friend about a life difficulty is RPE 9, talking to your mum about holiday preparations is RPE 8.5, going to a party is RPE 7 (but can reach 9-10 depending on events), going to church/study group/dinner with friends is RPE 6. Most of your socialising should b at RPE 6/7 with occasional 8/9 and at that level socialising is positive.

        Sometimes it it is unavoidably higher eg parents divorce, death in the family, and it is completely out of your control.

        If every social event you go to is 9/10 RPE You will get overwhelmed and stressed just like if you maxed out the deadlift every training session.

        Managing stress is not something you need to be perfect at just something to keep an eye on. Getting stressed out is not a moral failing. It doesn’t make you a bad person.

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        • t_angeiras
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          Good analogies.
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