This past semester was very difficult for me. I was struggling to keep my head above the ocean of schoolwork while being in treatment for an eating disorder and working part time. I found it difficult to stay motivated when I was so anxious and stressed all the time. But I found my way out of the woods and managed to keep my grades up, maintain my amazing friendships, and get my health under control. So I thought I would share a few tips I have learned about living the best life you can.
- Organize your thoughts, whether that is making lists, writing in a journal, setting reminders on your phone or marking up your planner. Being a very anxious person, my head is constantly swimming with things I need to get done or people I need to speak with or things I need to buy. It can be difficult to feel motivated to get everything done and remember all of it when it seems like your to-do list just keeps growing. I have a planner where I mark down when I have work, the due dates of my assignments and any events I want to go to. I also carry a small journal where I make lists: grocery lists, to-do lists, meal planning and finances. This helps me organize things day by day and I can always go back and check off what I got done. Even the things I don’t get done can be good to have written down.
- Make a morning routine that you can stick to. I find it easier if I get up at the same time on the weekdays (I let myself sleep in on the weekends) and eat breakfast. I also always make my bed and pick up anything on the floor leftover from the day before. This little ritual helps me start my day with a clean slate. Even if I am stressed, making my bed makes me feel a bit like I have my life together (even if I don’t). Mornings are important and can define the rest of your day. If you feel good when you wake up, you’ll feel good the rest of the day!
- Make time for yourself doing things that you enjoy. This is so important, but it is easier said than done. At the end of the day, your happiness is vital to your health and well-being so it is important to listen to your body when it tells you it needs rest. I like to read books to relax before bed, even if I only get through a page or two. Sometimes I go out and watch the sunset, leaving my phone at home to escape from the constant communication. Doing little things just for YOU can help relieve stress and create balance between work and school and enjoying life.
I hope this post provided some serenity and y’all can start to find balance in your lives. It is easier said than done, and I am still working on it, but by listening to my body and mind, I find that I can stay motivated and calm.