HOW TO HANDLE UNIVERSITY STRESS (AND HAVE A LIFE)

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Let’s discuss university stress; often joked about, but very familiar to most!

As I’ve probably written, I’ve been quite tired and stressed lately, having issues to fully focus. Due to my tendencies of rarely giving much appreciation to my work, I’ve mostly thought that I’m probably just born lazy and should just to try harder.

BUT! Today we had a chat around the topic of stress with a classmate. As we spoke, she really opened my eyes; this whole fall, we haven’t really had more than one day off at a time. Our courses have begun straight after the last one has ended. Not only that, but our deadlines for essays have been mostly Mondays or Tuesdays, meaning that the weekends have been dedicated to writing. During just the first two months, we’d had over 500 pages of readings + countless articles. Our hand-ins account for 60 written pages in the past four months. To think about it, how have I actually managed to focus in much anything besides that? The blog, social life?

Effectiveness. Time management. Prioritizing. Simply: spending one’s time wisely!

I’ve taken up studying in the mornings: spending the few most efficient hours of the day just to do schoolwork. I get so much done! Towards the end of the day, it might take me an hour to finish a chapter I’ve written in 10 minutes in the morning.

Walking 10 000 steps minimum a day. As the brain is getting over heated, this is what keeps me sane. Just walking, whatever the weather. It’s an energy boost, and makes room for a lot more new thoughts!

Sleep. I wrote about my insomnia HERE. I’ve really come to realize how crucial this is! I need to be in bed by 10pm each day – otherwise it’ll all just fall to pieces. A hard working brain needs to reload! 9-10 hour beauty sleep is how I keep running.

Meeting friends. Making enough time to meet friends physically at least two or three days a week. It’s not healthy sitting inside one’s own head for too long. Friends help one put things into perspective, and remember that life ought to be enjoyed of.

No partying. Having a busy lifestyle, at least in my case, is very much undermined if I begin hanging out in the bars. Having a glass of wine or two is fine — but messing up the sleeping pattern and losing a whole day to hangover is just not worth it. That’ll have to wait for another period in life.

And sometimes when nothing helps, just breathe, take a day off whatever the workload, and get back to it properly rested. School isn’t worth losing mental or physical health for.

Hertta

 

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