365 project · photography

6.

24135555131_52ac8c5e07_o.jpgI’ve been planning this picture for a couple of days, actually. So, some things you might expect me to do when I actually have a plan: (1) bring my tripod because I know I’m going to need it with a long exposure (nope, my camera was on top of three dictionaries on the table in the library), (2) let my model know so that she can plan and dress for her picture to be taken (again, nope. Thankfully I have wonderful friends with great fashion sense. Just look at that scarf!), and (3) come up with some sort of backstory or explanation.

All I got was Stressed Out stuck in my head. “My name’s Blurryface and I care what you think.”

(If you haven’t heard that song yet, look it up. I would recommend the video, too, because who doesn’t want to see two grown men riding down the street on tricycles?)

Anyways, thankfully today in my psychology class we started our chapter on stress, and, as I love psychology, I thought I could share some of what I learned with you. Did you realize that zebras have much lower stress levels than people? I mean, that makes sense when you don’t think about it, but try thinking a little more about what causes stress for zebras. Lions. Big animals with big teeth that will literally tear them apart and eat them. Now what do you stress about? Personally, I’m a bit stressed out about my French test tomorrow, and what I’m going to do after graduation. Neither of those things have the ability to kill me, yet I am more hurt by stress than a zebra. Why? Because zebras stop worrying once the threat is gone. If a zebra has a narrow escape from a lion, it doesn’t stay up all night thinking about it and worrying about tomorrow. It lives it’s life stress-free until there is actually an immediate problem in front of them. I never thought I would learn life lessons from zebras.

But I can’t just explain this and not do anything helpful. There are a lot of things you can do for stress. I’m personally Christian, so I think back on my favorite scripture, 1 Peter 5:7, “throw all your anxiety  on him, because he cares for you.” I think prayer works really well as a way to relieve stress, even if you don’t believe in God, or believe something else entirely, it’s a good thing to let out all of your thoughts and anxieties rather than keeping them bottled up. If that’s not your thing, try writing. You could write about what’s bothering you, or about something else entirely. Some of the best writing; poetry, stories, or music, come out of terrible feelings. You could also try reading, listening to your favorite music, or talking to someone you care about.

You can also go on Pinterest and look at pictures of cats. Feel free to follow me, I have a lot of those 🙂

So, what do you do to relieve stress? Or are you like a zebra and you can just find your anxiety off switch? Also do you like my picture? I almost forgot this is a photography blog :p

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