Back to school means back to reality. We mess up, we get overwhelmed, and we get into funks. Here are tips for when you’re at school and feeling frazzled, uninspired, homesick, worn out, and sad.
1—Frazzled. There are good days, and then there are days that make us want to scream. Running out of shampoo mid-shower is earth-shattering, and deciding where to eat is a life-and-death predicament. Despite the trivial matters, there’s adult business to tend to. Get your hands on a planner to keep track of everyday tasks and long-term goals. Utilize blank space to make to-do lists, and actually stick to filling in the calendar each month. Not only will it boost productivity, but it will also prevent forgotten duties.
2—Uninspired. For my fellow English majors, writer’s block can wipe us out like the plague, so I constantly search my surroundings for inspiration. Sometimes it’s as easy as taking a break from my phone and going outside. Instagram is great for recipes, workouts, art, and everything else under the sun. I gawk over the everyday posts from @EarthyAndy and @DoYouTravel. Another option is to enjoy a podcast that makes you want to get out and move. The world is at your disposal, so find what works for you.
3—Homesick. Modern technology has made the world a smaller place. When I go to school and my parents are in the comforts of our home, FaceTime transports me to them. The best way to feel at home again is to communicate with those you love. Homesickness therapy continues with cooking my favorite comfort foods just like my mama. Pinterest is a great source for simple recipes that amateurs like me can handle.
4—Worn out. College is the culprit for sleep deprivation and eye bags. Sleep is the answer, but it’s not always an option during weeks of finals or parties. The dire need for caffeine and sugar will only temporarily prevent you from crashing, so indulge in an energizing snack like an apple and peanut butter. There are other ways to get back to your factory settings. Pamper yourself with a calming face mask and revitalizing moisturizer to at least give the illusion that you aren’t the walking dead.
5—Sad. Some things are way more difficult than others to overcome, and I wish there was a simple solution for feeling disheartened. When you feel like you just want to close the door and be alone, do it, but take care of yourself when doing so. Have a day full of guilty pleasures: eat Taco Bell, binge-watch Jersey Shore, and shower until there’s no more hot water with Shakira on full blast. The time spent doing mindless activities is not a waste of time. Do whatever you want to get yourself smiling again.
Leave a comment with any tips or tricks you may have to defeat the back-to-school funk!