It’s easy to underestimate how stressful life can get, and that’s exactly what I did before this semester started. If you are like me and you have a job, sometimes it is hard to leave your work at work. I am now working full time, married, and going to school. I decided that I was going to work more and still be a student because I figured it wouldn’t change that much. I was totally wrong. I’ve found myself struggling to do homework, constantly thinking about work, and never doing laundry. It is such an easy cycle to get stuck in if you don’t take the time to plan out a strategy to pull yourself out. Here are some suggestions I have for you to ease your schedule.
1. Cut Back
For me, the first step was cutting back five hours of work. For some of you, I know that isn’t plausible, but for me that is what I needed to do. It made a big difference for my schedule. If you can’t cut back on hours, make yourself a designated time each week for you to have “me” time.
2. Shut It Down
Next, I stopped checking my e-mails after five o’clock every evening. It made me anxious when I read all of the group employee e-mails that are constantly sent throughout the night, so I decided I had to stop myself. There is nothing so important that should make me feel anxious even when I am sitting on my couch in my home.
3. Homework Time
Each day I give myself twenty minutes to get a little bit of homework done. It doesn’t allow me to get all of it done in one night, but it allows me to get enough done every night so that I don’t have to stress and do it all in one day.
The most important advice I can give is to enjoy what you have. It wasn’t until yesterday when my husband and I went to the park that I realized I haven’t been doing this. I was lying in the grass with my eyes closed listening to the birds and feeling the breeze and I realized that is what life is about.
“Rise up like the sun, labor till the work is done.” That’s a quote from the Killer’s song, “Be Still.” Listen to it below. It is a great song to make you realize life isn’t about your job, it’s about those moments when you get to breathe in the air and feel the breeze in your hair.
Remember to take moments to yourself to really enjoy life and let go of unnecessary stress.