School Stress: 11 Tips on How to Keep From Going Crazy
Do you ever feel overwhelmed from life? Whether it’s school, home, God, boyfriend/girlfriend, [insert craziness here], trying to multi-task the many hats of life can become very overwhelming. You may be asking yourself, “How do I handle it all without hurting my relationship with God? How can I feel alive again? Where do I begin?” Here are some tips to help balance out your life and bring back your sanity:
Tip #1 Pray– Even though this is the most obvious choice, it is the least utilized. Pray about it. Ask God to show you how to prioritize your life and figure out what’s the most important thing to get done first.
Tip #2 Eat– Sometimes when we have a million things going on, we forget or don’t have the chance to eat. I once heard, “You can’t drive a car without gas, you can’t expect your body to run normally without food.” Throw some food bars into your backpack, set a timer for every 2-3 hours as a reminder, and make sure you drink enough water!!
Tip #3 Cry– Yes, I said it. Cry by yourself. Cry with a friend. Cry with a pillow. Just cry! When I graduated with my Bachelor’s I remember saying, “School work and crying go hand in hand.” It can be overwhelming, frustrating, and annoying. Sometimes a good cry is all you need to get it all out and feel the weight lifted.
Tip #4 Limit– If you are Captain of the Soccer Team, President of Chess Club, Volunteer at the hospital, Student Leader at church, work part-time at the pizza shop, and you are a full-time student, it’s no wonder you are overwhelmed!!
1) Break it down- Pick your top 1 or 2 activities (depending on how much time it takes out of your schedule) and cancel the rest. At least have 1-2 days off in your week to recover.
2) Learn how to say NO!-Stop saying yes to everything. You can ask the person for time before you give your answer. This way you don’t feel pressured to say yes. It’s ok to say no especially if your sanity depends on it.
3) Is it a burden?- If you are finding the activity you are doing is more of a burden than a blessing and/or being enjoyable then stop doing it. God wants you to do things with a cheerful heart. “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).
Tip #5 Find– Look for some encouraging or strength scriptures, http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-strength-25-encouraging-scripture-quotes/. You can pick one (or a few…whatever works for you) and put it somewhere where you can see it easily like your notebook, phone, or on the wall. You can also change it every month or week. This is a great way to learn scripture.
Tip #6 Failure– Failure sometimes is not always a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying it’s okay to fail out of school. However, it can be a wake up call to try harder, refocus, or maybe you want something for your life that God doesn’t necessarily want for you. Pray for direction.
Tip #7 You– Think about who you are as a person. What works for you? Some people like to do work way ahead of time. Others, like myself, work well under pressure. My papers were due on Sunday and I knew I would be wasting my time trying to write them on Tuesday because my best work came out on Saturday night while I was watching the clock. I graduated Magna Cum Laude so it worked for me!
Tip #8 Remember– Right now, write down a one page description of all your hopes, dreams, goals, and what you want to accomplish either for this school year, your whole school career, however long. Whenever you feel in doubt, discouraged, frustrated, bring this paper out and read it. It will help remind you of the whys.
Tip #9 Season– Remind yourself, “This is only for a season.” It won’t always be this crazy. Learning to love the beast may help you find the joys of this season and help you start enjoying this time of your life. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” (Eccl. 3:1).
Tip #10 Break– Whether you are stepping away from your computer for a half an hour, getting a good night’s rest, or taking a weekend away from all activity, it’s okay to take a mental break. Oftentimes, you come back better, refreshed, refocused, and of most importance you feel alive again.
Tip #11 Ask– There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. Talk to God, your parents, trusted friends, Pastors, whoever you find comfort in and trust their direction. Ask them to help you organize your life a little. Ask for their opinion. “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (Prov. 15:22).
Revisit this list every so often. If you start feeling angry, depressed, confused, tired, or any other similar emotion, then take it as a red flag to look at your life and see where you can make changes for the better. Remember, God cares for you. Your cares are not little in His eyes when it’s big in yours. You can do it!!
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