Have you ever been blitzed in a conversation about how “easy” life as a student is? Even if you’re idly shaking your head no here (in which case congratulations, but you probably haven’t been paying attention to what people have actually been saying when they stand in front of you and their lips move), it’s almost inevitable that at some point somebody somewhere is going to come along and ask “what are you always complaining about anyway? All you do is drink, stay up late, go out and party, and occasionally write an essay or something. Get over it!”
Let’s face it guys and gals, the student life can at times be this miraculous “easy” thing, and a lot of people who haven’t themselves had the student experience probably aren’t going to understand what its like to have to write three 2000 word essays and hand them all in by four o’clock on the same day.
Sometimes uni life can be rough, and the only thing left to do is put down your highlighter, close your laptop, shut those books and take a little breather. In these moments, I myself find there’s nothing more entertaining than, well… looking at pictures of cats.
Makes you feel better doesn’t it?
NB: For emergency pictures of cute cats and kittens try @EmrgencyKittens on twitter!
That overwhelming, nagging sensation telling you to do this, go there, remember that… Sound familiar? YAYYY STRESS! Something we all encounter more than we should.
While a low level of stress is normal, it is when the stress takes over that issues arise. If you are a bucket and stress is the water that fills you, too much and you overflow. Like holes in the bottom of the bucket, you need to have self-care strategies in place letting out some of the pressure. When things get hectic people stop doing the things they enjoy. ..so, do one small thing you like a day; one slightly larger thing a week and one bigger thing every month or so.
When you begin to self-doubt, “I’m never going to get this in on time” or “I can’t do this” say “STOP” in your head. Accept these are just thoughts which don’t have any power and get yourself focused on task again. Baby steps! Don’t do too much in one hit just do little bit by little bit and you will get there.
As well as doing something for yourself remember to plan ahead. Write assignment due dates on a calendar and plan out your work hours. That way you will know when you have time and when you have to work a bit harder. As well as this follow the 8:8:8 rule which is 8 hours of play, 8 hours of work and 8 hours of rest.
If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed remember there is help. For academic support, talk to your lecturer or come up to ASK and we will give you a hand. If you need more professional support the counsellors can be found in the Uni medical centre. These services are free which is exactly what we students LURVE!
So are you guys sick of all the work yet? Sometimes the workload can get a bit overwhelming and there can be several reasons for that. If you actually are physically sick, the university has its own health centre. If you walk out of the library, you’ll be facing the ‘T’ building, off to the right hand side of the T building is a little group of offices, that’s where the health centre is.
Instead of trying to explain all of the things that the health centre can and can’t do, I’ll be lazy and just gives you guys this nice little link here.
That having been said, perhaps the problem isn’t entirely physical. Struggles with the mind are every bit as important as physical ones, if you find yourself getting overly stressed, depressed or even homesick, there is a fantastic counselling service in the university and it’s actually part of the health centre!
Depression, anxiety, loneliness, or even just needing to talk to someone about general life problems are all serious issues that can inhibit your academic life whether you realise it or not! Also don’t feel uncomfortable about going to see a counsellor, I know many people are reluctant to do so, but keep in mind that the counselling service wouldn’t be there if no one used it. It’s there to help, and the counsellors are there to help you! Let them!
There are support networks out there for a lot of things in life, never be afraid to reach out and use them!
I feel as though the only thing I’m missing from this post is one of those cheesy positive quotes with the nice backgrounds. I swear you can put any quote on a nice background of a sunset or something and it will look really nice haha.