How to stay sane whilst trying to hit deadlines
So I am coming to the end of my third year at college. Yes, my third year. I started college when I finished secondary school at age 16 and studied A – Levels. I did Media Studies, Business Studies, Photography and Sociology, but unfortunately I am extremely bad at exams so did not do so well. So I went into my second year of college doing a Broadcast Media course, which has ended up being the better choice. I have around 2 weeks left to complete all of my assignments and am currently really struggling. I have been your typical teenager and left my harder assignments to the last minuet. I do technically have longer than 2 weeks to complete them, but it is currently 13 days until Glastonbury Festival and nobody wants to be at a festival with this stress over their heads.
I have decided to write this blog post after being sat at the same computer for around 6 hours straight doing my college work, so I feel that my brain needs a bit of a break. And talking about self-care and reducing stress is the best way to feel relaxed. Many of the tips I am about to tell you are obvious but others I feel have helped me so maybe can help you.
- Get more sleep – This first one is pretty obvious and I am sure you get told it a lot, but it is also very important. This is very hypocritical coming from me as I am the WORST at sleeping. When the clock hits 12:00 my brain is running in all different directions, I either over think every situation completely or I become extremely motivated. Over the half term I was working a lot, meaning when it got to going to sleep at night I found it a lot easier as I had been on my feet all day. This also meant that I woke up a lot earlier in the morning. Ask anybody who knows me, I am horrible to wake up in the morning. My mum gets my friends to try to contact me as she is scared to come in because of my mood, haha! But when I was getting to sleep earlier, I was waking up earlier. Meaning I was getting on with my mum the next day and getting a lot more done.
- Take a break – Working for long hours on end is knackering for your brain. Only concentrating on one specific thing is unhealthy and when you are studying or doing assignments like myself you should always take a break. It can range from having a long walk or going to the gym, to just having a nice lunch with your family. Having a break can also motivate you to do more.
- Eat well – I know sitting doing nothing all day means boredom, which means bingeing! Eating healthier meals will not only reduce your stress but will make you feel a lot better about yourself. Sitting at a desk bloated is not the most comfortable of feelings, so eating better can really motivate you. Instead of snacking on cake and cookies, eat some fruit or Greek yogurt. I promise you will notice a change in how you feel and how you work.
- Have a conversation with someone important – Letting your stress out to somebody who cares can make you feel free. When you pass on your feelings, you mentally think that you are giving someone else your problem and feel that you do not have to handle it alone anymore. Nobody should have to deal with their problems alone, getting advice off somebody who cares means that it does not all build up in your head into something a lot worse than it is.
- Sit and read a book/watch a good movie alone – Concentrating on something else will relax your mind and take it away from your problems. Reading a book or watching a film means you put yourself into the actor/actresses life, as if you are living as somebody else for a little while. Try and do this without going on your phone. When you have finished you will feel very refreshed and even feel differently about your stress and worries.
These are the things, I feel, help me reduce stress. This is from when I am stressed about doing my college work or actual work. When I am stressed about personal reasons I handle it in a slightly different way. These I will talk about in another blog post. Stress from a social situation is very difficult to deal with, especially when you are surrounded by a lot of people opinions. My only tip for this for now is to not listen to other people and to take your time. There is no rush in the way you handle your feelings and the best outcome, comes from when you are calm.
I hope you have enjoyed this slightly different post. I will be doing little advice post like this more often as I enjoy writing them and it can also help myself as well as others. Let me know if there is anything you would like me to talk about.