Although university has given me some of the most fun memories of my life so far, I would never deny that it’s difficult, and recently it feels harder than ever. It’s halfway through the taught segment of my second semester and, by looking at my surrounds, it really shows. As I write this I can see fourteen research books, all with sticky notes poking out at various points, and all ready for me to reference in my work. My laptop is full of tabs of various drafted essays. My phone is going off with reminders about events or meetings I’m attending. And then, finally there’s me, a little stressed, a bit tired, but overall very determined. I just wanted to share some of my 3 top tips in order to de-stress and remain motivated throughout this tough time for university students.
1.Clean & Tidy
I’d be a hypocrite if I told you my room and house were always pristine; however, I’d also be lying if I told you that I’m a messy person. Having a bedroom in particular that is clean and tidy can be far more inviting to work in than a room where your laundry basket is overflowing onto the floor and your stuff is literally everywhere other than the drawer you originally put it in. Everyone has different ways of working but at least there’s no reason to procrastinate if your room is already clean.
2.Schedule Your Days
Remember in high school when at least six hours of your day was dictated to you via a timetable? It wasn’t much fun; however, you’d still be able to get a lot done. Organisation is often key to keeping motivated. By giving myself a mental schedule or to do list each day I find I make a lot more progress, and generally have more time for things I enjoy. I’ll always schedule in some time to rest though, as working all day until bed wouldn’t help me feel calm about my situation. A couple of hours before bed to do whatever I want usually keeps me happy. Sticking to a sleep schedule can also help, meaning you’re not always awake in the wee hours of the morning, and neither are your 9am lectures such a struggle.
3.Tell People About It
The worst thing to do is suffer in silence; talk to your peers and tutors. People will usually be willing to just have a chat, and chances are your friends from your course will be feeling the same way; they may even have some tips for you, to help you along the way. Organise a study session with your friends or schedule a gym trip together to de-stress; there’s no need to go it alone.
These were just some super simple tips of how I navigate my extremely hectic university life. Comment below if you have any tips surrounding motivation and stress you’d like to share; I’d love to hear from you!
Take Care Everyone, I’ll Speak to You All Soon!