I’ve done a lot of soul searching the past few months. I’ve been faced with a lot of life challenges. Perhaps the biggest challenge was readjusting to college life after living on my own in a new and exciting place all summer. It’s hard, really. You go from no rules and a new city to balancing classes, internships, social life and sleep. School is a lot. There is no way around that.
So how do you I stay grounded? Well, I wish I had an exact answer for that question. I don’t think there is one thing in particular that helps me stay grounded. There’s no magic potion. But here is what I found works.
1. Keep your eye on your goals. Make a list of things you want to accomplish each month and set a realistic time frame. Want to secure an internship for the summer? Give yourself a week to work on your resume, a week to update your LinkedIn account and a week to search for jobs. Rushing to get an end result will only stress you out.
2. Prioritize sleep. Feel overwhelmed? Take a nap. Allow your brain to shut off and forget about your troubles. When you are well rested you can make sound decisions.
3. Join a group exercise class. All fitness aside, an hour at the gym is an hour away from a computer or phone screen. Its an hour where your mind can focus on something other than school, work or your social life. Plus, group fitness classes such as Pure Barre or Yoga focus on your mind, body and soul.
4. Meditate. Sounds silly, right?! Trust me, I was skeptical at first too. I downloaded a mediating app for my Alexa and use it five minutes before bed. Focusing on turning your mind off and forgetting your stressing, even for just five minutes, will help keep you calm.
Moral of this blog post? School is stressful, life is stressful, friendships are stressful. Put yourself first and take the time to relax. YOU are worth it!