Loaded with schoolwork? Drowning in stress? Feeling especially upset? Fret no more, students of Southern, for I come to you with enlightenment.
Schoolwork Stress- It seems as though this time of year is a time when teachers are especially hard on homework. With a backpack full of binders, you may be severely stressed out; how are you supposed to get all of your homework done when there are sports, band practice, and other activities to worry about?
Prioritize- First thing’s first, what’s most important? On the homework spectrum, complete the assignments that are due the next day FIRST. Those assignments are the most important, and they need to be completed first. Projects or homework that are not due for two or more days are still essential, of course, but if you have a lot of next-day homework, save those other assignments for the next night. Creating a weekly schedule for homework is a good way to manage your workload, also.
Complete to the best of your ability- Remember- it’s just homework! It’s not like you’re taking a test and you don’t have any materials nearby to help you. Just relax and complete your assignments to the best of your ability. Keep in mind, though, some teachers DO collect certain assignments and grade them, and the absence of completed homework in the gradebook severely affects your overall average poorly, so make sure you do your homework!
Take breaks- One of the most important things to remember while you’re freaking out over homework: take breaks! If things become too stressful, take a ten minute break to relax and calm down. Even if homework isn’t all that stressful, still take short breaks. You’ll produce better work if you come back to your assignment after a break rather than rushing through it. Just make sure you don’t take too long of a break.
Feeling Down- Is the bitter cold of the winter nipping at your mood and giving it a chill? Even if the winter weather is not the cause, some measures can still be taken to get you right back on track and in a happy mood.
Listening to Music- When in doubt, always listen to music. Make a playlist of all your favorite songs, and sing right along with them! Just make sure the songs aren’t overly depressing, because they could end up putting you in a worse mood.
Read- This is an obvious choice for all you book-lovers out there, but reading is a great thing to partake in when you’re upset. (Most) books allow you to escape into a different world, and it occupies your brain, so instead of thinking sad thoughts, you’re focused on whatever is happening in your book.
Talk to Someone- A friend, a parent, or even a pet can provide great listening-ears for when you’re upset and need to vent. Talking to someone and informing him/her of what’s on your mind can genuinely improve your mood and raise your spirits. If the listener is not a pet, he/she can provide advice, and if he/she is a pet, they can provide the comfort of being there next to you.
Do Whatever Makes You Happy- This being the most important tip of them all, you must make sure you’re doing whatever makes you happy. Watch your favorite movie or TV show, chat with your friends, draw, write, etc. If you’re doing what makes you happy, your mood is going to improve greatly.
Stressed or Upset in General- Here are a few tools that can aid you in your journey for happiness and/or content.
Adult Coloring Books- Physically proven to release stress, these books are great when you need to calm down or just want to color. Available at Michaels craft store for as little as $5.99. (More expensive books cost from about $16.95-$19.95)
Self-Help for Anxiety Management App- This app allows you to express how you are feeling, and gives you self-help options such as calming and relaxation practices. This app is not connected to any social media outlets such as Facebook or Instagram, so your feelings are your own. Available on iPhone and Android for free.
Relax & Rest Guided Meditations App- This app helps with relaxation through meditation. The app provides three meditation sessions that are designed to help you breath deeply, relax, and let go of your troubles. Available on iPhone for $1.99 and Android for $1.49.