It's finally time to head back to school and college! I am so excited to see what this year brings for me, I'm trying for Dean's list at least this upcoming semester. I know that it'll be a challenge but I'm feeling up to it. Hopefully back to school time is finding you well too!
One thing that I really tend to dread about going back to school is the stress that comes with it. I really love to learn, and love school, but working on homework nonstop tends to leave me exhausted, kinda cranky and anxious. I have clinical anxiety to begin with, so school can tend to aggravate things in general. However, I have learned my fair share of tricks to help me stay fresh and de-stressed all year round.
1. Water. Lots of water.
I feel like this is the answer to a fair amount of problems. Don't roll your eyes too hard at this answer; water helps you feel more awake, helps skin stay clear, and overall makes you feel a thousand times better than when you're dehydrated. I keep a bottle of water with me at all times, and pretty much am always sipping. It makes all the difference!
Alright.. I have the worst sleep schedule known to man. However, whenever a project has me overwhelmed and frustrated, sometimes a 30 minute power-nap can have me feeling refreshed quickly. Naps can really solve all my stress issues on somedays.
3. Walks, Running + Exercise
I hate exercise. I won't lie and pretend that I love to wake up and go for a run first thing in the morning. It just isn't me. However, I feel a thousand times better when I get a walk in in either the morning or the evening. It's a great time to just listen to some music and reflect on the day or start the day positively. Again, another great time to drink some water and get a little more hydrated.
4. Retail Therapy
Okay, take this one lightly. I am a huge fan of a good day of shopping when I'm stressed. Don't let this translate into impulsive shopping or spending your entire savings but.. sometimes picking up a new top or something new to freshen up your living space can make a huge difference! Something special that you can wear to work or class always helps too!
5. Impromptu Spa Nights
I keep a small basket stocked with face masks, nail polishes, and scrubs on hand for nights where I just need to rest. I put on a favorite movie, make some snacks, and just hang out and let my skin get a little bit of extra love. Hair masks are another favorite of mine, but I tend to leave those on overnight to help my hair really get deep moisture.
6. Use. A. Planner. Or. Calendar.
I am obsessed with my planner and my calendar on my computer. They are both serious godsends in keeping me relaxed when it comes to deadlines. Theres no way that I could remember all of the due dates and appointments I have without it! I like to avoid stressors if possible, so having my week on paper helps me keep myself together.
7. Indulge in some comfort food
I love to get some yummy snacks on nights that I know I'll spend up studying or doing homework. Some warm soup or mac and cheese can make studying slightly less painful. While you should try to make sure you're eating fairly well in school (it can be hard!), don't forget to treat yourself from time to time.
If you're headed back to classes this fall, I wish you lots of luck and stress free days! It'll all be worth it when we graduate!
Happy Monday XO