Hey guys! Welcome back. I am going to be honest here. This time last year, I was a completely different girl. I was working non-stop, I was so anxious and depressed, and I never really took care of myself. And though I am still a work in progress, I know that I am improving. However, this time last year I started seeing my depression and anxiety increasing. I started seeing that my work was getting sloppy and I wasn’t functioning in the best way all the time. And looking back I can see it is because I was overworking myself and not resting the way I should have been.
I began to spiral. I was exhausted and just about to give up. But then I started making some changes that I would later be able to see had significant impact. I started making time for myself, not only on the weekends, but also during the week. I started taking more breaks during the day and making sure I was getting enough sleep. Not only did my work improve, but I felt a lot better. I realized that so many times when we have goals that we want to reach we feel as though we have to keep going until we reach them. But what we need to do is make sure that we are taking care of ourselves and not overworking ourselves. Hard work is important and you should work hard. However, it is also important to make sure that you are not being too hard on yourself. And here is how I started doing that at the end of everyday.
Stop working at a certain time.
Being in college it is tempting to stay up all night working on things. However, that is just not healthy. So I set a time everyday to have my work finished. Not only does this keep me from working into the morning hours, but it also holds me accountable and prevents me from procrastinating as much. This has helped so much with my anxiety and stress. After a certain point I step away from my assignments and focus on myself.
Dedicate one hour to socializing.
Whether it is having dinner with a friend or calling someone I haven’t talked to in a while, I try to socialize for at least one hour everyday. I know this may seem silly, but with all the things that I have going on, it’s easy to just stay in my room and work myself to death. So I give myself one hour everyday in which to socialize. This helps me nurture my relationships and ensures that I am spending time with the people I care about.
Eat a good meal.
After a long day of working hard, I like to make sure that I have a good meal to win me over in the evening. And having a good, healthy meal prevents me from eating as much later on in the evening. So I always try to have a good meal for dinner whether I get it from the dining hall or make it myself.
I like to organize and plan ahead. For some people, this may not seem like a good way to relax, but for me it is. I enjoy planning. So at the end of everyday I will plan for the next day, a future blog post, or anything else that I need to plan for. This helps me stay on top of things and keeps me focused on the future.
Clean my room.
Again, this is not for everyone, but it is a big one for me. There is nothing quite like cleaning to relieve stress and relax. It sounds strange I know, but I love it. My room gets kind of messy when I don’t stay on top of it, so I try my best to clean up at the end of everyday to make sure it doesn’t get too out of hand.
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