Jan 25, 2011
Easier said then done, right? Leading a balanced life is the key to it all. You're a college student and you have tons of responsibility outside of the classroom, but try to allow time for leisure, hobbies, or family activities. Find time to clear your head. Budget some fun into your schedule.
2. Eat well and try to exercise.
Another no-brainer but important nonetheless. Drink more water. Eat healthy. Need help buying healthy foods? Apply for Basic Food Assistance at foodhelp.wa.gov. Try to exercise too. Don't worry - this doesn't mean you have to train for a marathon. But look into using the fitness center or the weight room on campus at GRCC (it has open hours for all students and staff most weekdays). If you can't make time for formal exercise, build more physical activity into your schedule by walking more and using stairs instead of elevators. Take deep breaths frequently throughout your day. If possible, don't resort to quick fix coping mechanisms like smoking or heavy drinking.
3. Manage your time.
Make to-do lists and stick to them. Set priorities. Formulate small, attainable goals. Give yourself something to aim at. Take the big tasks and break them down into smaller bitesize tasks. Don't cram, plan ahead.
4. Keep a sense of humor.
It's been established scientifically that laughter is good for you and can even help you deal with stress. It can be difficult to maintain a sense of humor in stressful situations. Like balance, this is easier said then done. But carve out opportunities for laughter maybe by watching a comedy or connecting with friends, whatever allows you to cut loose.
5. Take a break.
Speaking of cutting loose, take a break. Working on end without taking a break may seem like a short-term solution, but it isn't sustainable in the long-term and will inevitably lead to burn-out. Take a day off or a time out. Walk around the block, go on a hike, take a power nap. Whatever works.
6. Recognize what you can and can't control.
We all know the familiar chant about accepting what you can't control, finding courage to change the things you can, and having wisdom to know the difference. This piece of advice is along the same lines and sums up strategies 1 through 5.