End of the Semester Exhaustion

While I know it’s not quite the end of the semester yet, it’s starting to get there. I’ve definitely been starting to feel it–what with finishing two club events, two more in the future, participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, trying to prepare for graduation, getting ready for the Grand Tour, and finishing up my school work. I’ve been tried the past couple of days, so I’ve been hoping to get some relaxation time in.

My first goal has really been to get my school work done as ahead of time as possible, and with most of my work being writing assignments, I’ve been able to do that. I’m also not so overwhelmed that I can’t pace myself–I’ve been focusing on finishing up one assignment a day so that I’m not overwhelmed but can still keep going at a good pace. It’s been working out so far, and I’ve been able to check things off one by one.

Now I guess I have some advice: the best way I’ve found to keep myself from being overwhelmed is by not being afraid to give myself a break.

This is an odd sort of thing for me. I’m a very manic person, and I work best when I have a list of objectives that I can tick off one by one til the end. Consequently, I tend to get a bit lazy when I don’t have anything to do, and I’ve had a bad habit of waiting until I get a new pile of stress brewing to actually get up and do anything.

Having a project like NaNoWriMo helps. It gives me an end goal and several sort of day-by-day mini goals I can focus on. That way I still have a lot to do in the day without leaving my schoolwork til the last minute. It’s been a great help so far for the month, so I hope I can keep it up.

Still, while I enjoy writing, it’s not always relaxing. That’s why I needed to remind myself: STOP. After we finished up Cosplay Cafe, I prohibited myself from doing any homework for the weekend (which was only possible since I had been working ahead). Sure, I still pushed myself writing, but I had one less thing to worry about.

That’s still not ideal, though. The past few days, I’ve been pretty tired, still trying to recover from my stressful last week. Tonight, a group of Brony Club members decided to go to McDonald’s to get some of the MLP toys they had put out. I finished the paper I had decided to write today, added a little over two thousand words to my NaNo word count, then made myself stop worrying about anything else.

It wasn’t really a big trip. We drove to Cambridge, bought some toys and food, and drove back. We talked about a lot of stupid things and laughed a lot. By the time we got back to campus, I realized I felt a lot better, less worn down. It helped me a lot, and I think I’ll be able to keep going through tomorrow with a little more energy than usual.

So, really, no matter how much you feel like you have to do, remember that sometimes it’s okay to just stop, even for a little bit. Taking a break to do something fun will help re-energize you, and make whatever tasks you have left to do a lot easier.

Hope this helps everyone with the end of their school year!

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