If I turn blue, don’t panic…

  • The average (healthy) human being can hold their breath for between 30 and 60 seconds.
  • Magician David Blaine managed to hold his breath for 17 minutes and 4 seconds.
  • Karoline Nariechen Meyer, of Brazil, holds the world record with 18 minutes 33 seconds.

I have been holding my breath for 1 week, 2 days.      I WIN!

Well, perhaps I have not been actually holding my breath… but I feel as though I have reached the point just before the terrifying, exhilarating downward rush and I am holding my breath, waiting for the inevitable drop. I have Adjusted; to a new sleep schedule, to a new school site, to classes, work and homework. My life has a routine, and I have achieved a nice balance- been apple picking, gone out on Friday nights, even made it to Cape Cod for a work-free weekend!
But as I look ahead I see that midterms are coming, final projects that are due at Christmas are not that far away… and Primary Project will start soon! I am left wondering if I can continue to have school and a life, or if this balancing act will become reminiscent of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. Mostly, I am hoping that I can pause the onrushing of further responsibility, and hold my breath until Christmas!

Perched on that ball, but watch out! He may fall!

About sthurstonmspp

I am a 28-year-old-School-Psychology-CAGS/PsyD-student. Whew, what a mouthful. Journey and Styx rock my world, and some hardcore volleyball makes it go round n' round. I have spend the past six years working at a school/residential facility for children with emotional and behavioral disorders, and when I tried to quit in order to begin grad school, it just didn't take- I continue to pick up shifts every week so I can see my kids. I am a new homeowner about 40 minutes outside of Boston (another favorite band) with my husband and my 3 year old (rescued) mutt, Maisy. I am going to do my best to invite you inside my thoughts as I continue my grad school career as a simultaneously juggle my full time internship, CAGS classes and begin my journey into the PsyD- enter at your own risk!
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8 Responses to If I turn blue, don’t panic…

  1. Great article…School can be very stressful. Sometimes it help to just relax for a couple of mins a day..If thats all you can spare

  2. gout relief says:

    As stressful as school can be taking a little time out to relax can be benefical for your health and schooling. Keep up the good work.

  3. Even though you are joking holding your breath can have some serious health issues as hypertension, and gout just to name a couple.

  4. Jmaula says:

    I just tried holding my breath and 71 second is all i could do. Am I healthy? I am Healthy!

  5. I held my breath for 1 minute! I am healthy! Anyway, keep up the school and personal life. If you were able to do it today, you can make it on the following days. No matter how heavy the workload is, what counts is your attitude, your destination on why you need to achieve these things.


  6. I just tried holding my breath and 60 seconds is all I could do.

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  8. I just held my breath for 1 minutes! I’m healthy! Anyway, Keep up the school and life balance. If you were able to make it today, you can make it on the following days. Whatever how heavy the workload is, what matters is your mindset, your goal on why you need to achieve these stuff.
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