Hey You! HAPPY MONDAY! I know it has been a while, but with me finishing up my degree, and Jessica busy with all the incredible things she has in her life, we have been busy. Congrats Jess on finishing your nutrition course.
Today, I decided that it is time that I open up about the last few weeks. They have been so hard on me. Between working and finishing school, my mental health hit a fan and kind of disappeared. At points, I was ready to just give up on my degree, and I spent hours crying. Thankfully, I have so many supportive people in my life to motivate me and encourage me to continue studying and make it to the finishing line. However, I did come up with many strategies to maintain my motivation and my mental health, so here are a few tips.
- Take some time for yourself even if you don’t think you have any spare time make it a priority.
When I say take some time for yourself, actually do something you enjoy. Don’t just lay about and mope or think about all the things you have to accomplish. I spent one afternoon going out for a walk with a friend, and it completely changed my entire mood and motivation. It was nice to just get out of the house and clear my mind for a few minutes.
I know therapy is not for everyone, but while I was going through this stressful time, I decided to start therapy. I plan on continuing even though I am done with school. However, during school, it was an hour distraction from all my stress where I could just talk about my feelings and my mental health. One thing that I learned through therapy is not every therapist is for you. The first one I was seeing felt like a job for me, and I did not feel like going. However, I decided to request a different therapist, and it really changed my perspective of seeing a therapist. It is like talking to my friend about something without putting all the pressure of my mental health challenges on them.
- Set Daily Goals
Although there are many things you may have to do in the next future weeks, set goals for each day rather than thinking about everything you have to do all at once. Although I knew everything was due on the last day of class, I gave myself specific things that I had to get done each day, and if I got them done, then I could relax. This allowed me to still maintain a relatively healthy sleep schedule, and go to bed with the peace of mind that I accomplished everything I had to each day.
- Plan ahead as much as possible.
There are always unforeseen things that happen in your life, so planning ahead as much as possible can help you feel less stress if something comes up. I am very grateful that I always plan ahead even if I am stressed because I had an emergency come up in the middle of my stressful times, but because I planned ahead, I knew that I could take the time off to support the people around me without making me more stressed in the long run.
- Find out what works for you.
I posted on my Instagram about 2 weeks ago about my favourite study strategy of watching YouTube study with me videos. This is what works and motivates me. Find out what works and motivates you. I did 25 minutes of studying and 5 minutes off for 2 hours then a half-hour break. During my breaks, I would constantly try to do things that kept me moving and feeling motivated.
Although I used all of my favourite strategies, I still struggled with my mental health. At times, I was not being my healthiest, but I have learned so much about myself from this situation that allowed me to grown and re-evaluate what I will do in the future.
I hope you all have a great week. See you next week.
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