Already falling apart after the first week of school? Well, guess what? You are not the only one. I went into this new year determined, single, and with a better mindset, but yet here I am, stressed and sad. I guess you can say “Driver’s License” really hit home for me.
Besides that, it’s the first week of school and I’m already feeling unorganized, a mess, and extremely stressed to the point where I don’t do anything about it. Well, that’s about to change and this is what you can do if you’re in the same boat.
Writer’s Note: This method has worked for me in the past, but I have yet to do this so I will update you guys on how it went for me at the end of this article.
Clean your room, your bathroom, and living space. But most importantly, your work space. Being around a cluttered, messy environment is only going to bring you down.
- Fill out your calendar
This step might take a little time, but go through every syllabus, work schedule and just write those dates down. This is a great way to know what you have planned and will take some stress off of your shoulders when you are trying to remember every single detail.
- Take some time to exercise, mediate, or go for a stroll outside
Whether it's 5 minutes or 40 minutes, this can help you relax and regather yourself.
- Make a list
Making lists is KEY for my sanity. I try to create one each night for the next day of things I have to get done. Whether it's writing your list down on paper or on your phone, either way will help you stay organized and focused.
- Self Care
As cheesy as this may sound, doing this every night before bed will help you sleep a lot better and make your body feel refreshed for the next day. If you don’t know where to start, just begin with a bath or shower and take a few minutes to relax and think about whatever your heart desires. A self care routine is different for everyone so always do a face mask, or even just listen to music when brushing your teeth and doing your skin routine.
Writer’s Note #2: It’s a few days later, and I’m feeling much better. I am not completely 100% focused yet, but we are getting there. As of right now, everything for January is scheduled out and in my planner, my assignments are all caught up on, and I’ve been doing a little self care everyone other night.
Sometimes, things can get overwhelming and it's okay to take a few hours or even a couple days to re-energize and get yourself back on track for the semester. Remember that it is never too late to do something good to better yourself.