Between school, work, internships, social life, and any hobbies you have, you probably feel like you’re being pulled too many ways. You want to give everything you’re all, but at the end of the day fatigue feels overwhelming. Stress starts to set in, and suddenly you’re just not happy. You stop putting yourself first, and everything else takes over.
Pause. Breathe. And Reevaluate.
Happiness comes first, and anything else is unacceptable. We’re way too young to be somber and angry all the time.
5 Ways To Reduce Stress:
This is definitely step one for me. We grow up hearing from our parents how important sleep is, and we ignore it. To top it off, there’s this stigma that to work really hard means you don’t sleep. If the time calls for you to stay up later because works call, then do what you need to do, but do not rely on a consistent schedule of less than 8 hours a sleep a day and expect to be alive during the day. It is important to know that it is essential to get sufficient hours of sleep a day, and then you will put in the effort to get more of it. Lack of sleep is usually linked to poor time management practices that force people to go to sleep later.
2. Time Management
Once you’re a busy person, you have to accept that you need to do things in a timely manner. Sleep is linked to time management because often students will procrastinate to do thier homework, which causes them to do homework until late in the night, and then as a result they get less sleep. Having a planner with my schedule of work, dance, and school times is essential to my sanity. Seeing a physical copy of my schedule lets me see my breaks, and allows me make any breaks I have productive. I personally rather do homework on a hour break I have between work and rehearsals than surf the Internet, so that when I get home I can go straight to sleep and not stay up doing homework. The habits of procrastination exists in all of us, but don’t allow it to control you.
My happiness and sanity is one of my top priorities. I’m not going to successfully make it through college if I’m always stressed or depressed. Know what is important to you, and what is going to help you achieve the most in your future endeavors. Ask yourself will this give short term satisfaction or long term satisfaction? Is it worth it? Stop doing things that cause you stress because we have much more autonomy over of emotional health than we realize.
4. Know when to say No
This is the time of our lives when we want to soak up every opportunity, but sometimes that drives us into over packing our schedules. Especially when it comes to job or internship opportunities. Either we take anything that comes because we desperately need the money or we take anything because we need to network and make connections. Last year, I knew I needed to work, so I accepted working Saturdays and Sunday’s even though I had dance, school, and work Monday- Friday. It made me insane to never have one day to sleep in past 7:30 am. Learn to say no if it’s too much for you, but do it tastefully so you don’t burn any bridges.
5. Have fun
A social life is key! It is important to prioritize when you have to miss a social event because you have a early morning call the next day, but at the same time going out and enjoying yourself promotes a positive emotional health. Do what makes you happy and brings joy to your life, and make sure each month those days are sprinkled into your schedule. For many that might be a party, but it could also be a movie night in the park or a concert. This is the time of our lives when we are young and we have limited responsibilities, so take advantage of that!
So next time you are feeling stressed or unmotivated because you are too tired, go through these 5 things and see if you are really lacking one or more of them.