School can be incredibly stress-inducing. Whether it’s high school, undergrad, or at a master’s level it can be an overwhelming time for many students. As someone who has been in school for the last twenty years, I know all too well how difficult it is to balance deadlines, a social life, relationships, and your body and mind. Though I can’t say that I have perfected the school-life balance, I have found some things that work for me and help me manage the daily grind.
- Project Management Tools. I use Notion and Asana to plan out my life. If you feel overwhelmed with juggling multiple deadlines, these tools can help you stay on track of what needs to get done and break down large tasks into smaller, more manageable pieces.
- Exercise. Though it can be incredibly difficult to prioritize this, studies have shown that exercise helps students with memory retention and focus. Even a 30-40 min brisk walk can help you focus and block out all the unnecessary noise.
- Nourish Yourself. Late-night study nights can often mean empty calories and pizza. Nothing wrong with that if it makes you feel good. However, I find that these snacks make me feel more sluggish. I try to pack a huge bag of nuts and veggies the night before a long study session in the library.
- Be Kind to Yourself. Ultimately, it is important to go easy on yourself. You are only human at the end of the day. I like to tell myself that I’ve done my best and I can only try again tomorrow. We need to be kind to ourselves by giving ourselves enough sleep, good food, and fresh air. We’ll do better in school with these tips.
Everything will work out with love & compassion.