Do you feel like you are overwhelmed and things seem to be speeding up? Are you tired of being tired? Need a break? You might be due for a “stress check up!”
One of the most effective early warning signs of a mental or physical imbalance is the development of a pessimistic outlook. And once that belief takes root in us, we start to feel irritability, frustration, anger, sadness or sometimes we even lose hope or faith in ourselves and our abilities. I call it the “tired of being tired syndrome.” It can creep up on you when you are placing minimal attention on your needs and maximum attention on all the things that you have to get done.
Some other indicators of the “tired of being tired syndrome” include:
- Constantly ripping and running or rushing
- Loss of appetite or eating too much
- Poor concentration
- Poor memory retention
- Loss of motivation and energy
- Missed deadlines
- Frequently angry or upset
- Constant comparison to others
Ask yourself; have any of the above indicators become habits for me while in college? If so, congratulate yourself for acknowledging it! Then, take the following steps to get yourself back on track:
Stop trying to force study habits – this is like pushing your way through a brick wall. It is too much effort. Find the time of day where things seem to flow more easily for you and do your studying at that time. Some people feel more energized in the morning while others feel like they just can’t get going until evening time. Check in with your body (determine how it feels) and it will let you know what is best for you.
Know when enough is enough – if you keep trying to practice your speech, type a paper, or read the same passage over and over again and it feels like you aren’t getting anywhere, then take a break. And after that, take some deep breaths to relax your body and mind. Sometimes we have to pause for a little while to “recharge” and then move forward – with replenished energy.
Stress can be a challenge or a doorway to an increased commitment to self care. The key to managing it is to recognize when your thoughts become more pessimistic than optimistic. Complete your “stress check up” today so that you establish a Growth in Motion™!! lifestyle while in college.
Growth in Motion!! = Self Care + Self Empowerment + Self Knowledge + Self Direction
Take Care of Yourself,
“Living a Growth in Motion™!! Lifestyle”