How to Deal With School Related Stress // World Mental Health Day 2018!!

There is one thing indefinitely that all students have in common: school stress.

For some, it may be minimal while for others it could be overwhelming to the point where it beings to impact their daily lives. One or the other, as students, we all face academic stress.

On my last post, I mentioned that with school and midterms coming up, there’s been a lot more stress in my life nowadays. In response, today I’ll be sharing how I deal with school stress, and giving you some tips and tricks that hopefully can be useful to you too! If this can help at least one person, then my mission with this post is complete. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

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1. Have a schedule, but don’t over do it

This is definitely one thing that I am guilty of: over-planning. Yes, having a schedule/plan is pretty much essential to getting things done to the best of your ability, but when you OVER do it, then it starts to backfire. When we keep on focusing on what we haven’t done, we will forget what we already have done.

When I plan in my bullet journal, I usually jot down the things that I want to start/accomplish that day and the next only. That way, I can still get on top of my workload but not stressing myself out even more after each time looking at the planner.

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2. Have a set sleeping routine

Sleep is definitely one thing you do NOT want to sacrifice. If you don’t believe me, read this: say that you are a phone, and the battery is at 10%. Yes, it’d still be able to function for a bit, but if you don’t charge it, then it will stop working, right? It’s somewhat like us humans: sleep is our recharge time, and it is essential to being ready to go the next day.

Having a sleeping schedule is important for multiple reasons. First, it recharges you just enough, and secondly, it can also be a guideline on goal setting and setting your priorities. BUT!! If you don’t sleep well for one day, it won’t kill you, nor will it affect your daily life massively. Our brains have incredible abilities – when it’s overly tired, then you’ll have your lights knocked out the second you hit the bed that night.

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3. Go to sleep and wake up earlier

This kind of relates to what I said above, and I think that I have said this before too: don’t stay up!! I know that we all need to study, but when you’re tired, none of that information will be processed properly and it’ll not be of any use the next day, so why do so? Prioritize your tasks, and do your work first, so when it’s near bedtime, you can relax and prepare your brain to rest.

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4. Take breaks!

This is SUCH an important aspect of not only school, but life in general too! Our brains can only work so much until it needs a rest. When we force ourselves to work when we are already tired, there won’t be any outcome. A break doesn’t have to mean an hour every time – what I’d like to do is study/work for 25-30 minutes and take a break for 5-ish minutes.

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5. Divide your work load into manageable chunks

Procrastination often leads to doing things last minute. It varies for everyone, and there is no right way, but what I usually like to do is set it into various sections and and do each bit one at a time so it’s not that big of a workload and I can focus solely on each part.

Things often become more stressful when it it looks like it is in a bigger portion. Dividing it into smaller pieces and doing them in equal increments over time can help you feel better about managing several things at once.

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6. Take time to practice self-care, and do things that you love

When they say that we need to have a balanced lifestyle, it also means just chilling out. Go outside, eat dinner with your family, go to the fabric store with your bffs (exactly what I’m doing this Saturday XD), read… do whatever you love but just don’t stay indoors 24/7! Meditation, relaxation techniques, or taking a nice long bath while reading are also some ways that people may find helpful to rest their body and mind 🙂

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Yesterday – Wednesday October 3rd – was World Mental Health Day 2018! Since my regular posting schedule now is on Thursdays, I decided to postpone my smol short discussion until today with this post 🙂

As you all probably know by now, advocating for mental health is something that is extremely close to my heart. If I can support at least one person get through their battle with anxiety and/or depression, then that’s one of my main life goals completed.

Mental health doesn’t always refer to mental illness. Mental health is something that all should be mindful for – taking care of both our body and mind. A healthy body is when you are well physically and mentally. Everyone needs help sometimes, and it’s completely okay. Cherish our bodies and souls. Let’s start to talk openly about mental health and slowly decrease the stigma and discrimination.

There is no shame in having a mental illness or having one before. Mental illnesses are just like our regular flu – a part of our bodies are sick, and in order to get better, we’ll need to take a cold/flu medicine or pay a visit to the doctor. Acknowledging it and asking for help is the first step to recovery, because you don’t have to do this alone. Your illness does not define who you are, and things will get better because this isn’t forever.

It’s okay to not be okay. 

You are loved, and you are worth it. 


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how’s life for you? what do you do when dealing with school related stress? thoughts about this post? take care of yourselves, lovelies ❤

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13 thoughts on “How to Deal With School Related Stress // World Mental Health Day 2018!!

  1. Gurl, same 🌸blossoming🌸
    That’s also how i deal with school stress BUT i often struggle with doing those things. I’m becoming more and more of a procrastinator myself *shakes head* anywaysss, this was really helpful and this reminded me to do the things i should do now 😂 Loved this post, Kimmy! XO

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  2. Thank you so so much for this post Kimberley.

    I’ve struggled a lot with school these last couple of years. My old school had a grading system and while I was one of the very few who stayed at the top all throughout, I was always stressed because my only goal was the unattainable perfection.

    I pushed this away for so long, even though I kept struggling. This year it got really bad. There was a misunderstanding with an assignment I submitted and I got a really bad mark. It got changed afterwards but that damage had been done because that thing had pushed me over the edge.

    I had three suicide attempts shortly after that, the third which got me hospitalised. I was severely depressed, had an eating disorder and was also dealing with anxiety in the form of OCD and perfectionism issues.

    I honestly wonder what would’ve happened if my problems were dealt with earlier. I tell myself nothing can be undone, but that’s just the truth. No blame game here though. The attempt was like a purge for me. It was the most physically and emotionally painful thing I’ve ever been through and nobody understood. Nobody can ever understand. But yeah, ironically, I was left with less pain afterwards. I was a lot stronger too. I don’t tolerate crap, which is something I’m glad of. I used to be very tolerant, even when I was being stepped all over.

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    • first of all, thank you Maryam. Thank you for being so open and honest. You know that I’m always here for you, cheering you on, supporting you, and it’s true. I know exactly how you felt. Anxiety and depression is life altering, isn’t it? It not only affects how we’re feeling, but it also includes every single aspect of our lives. You’re not alone, Maryam. It pains me to see that you had to experience that, it truly does. Take care of yourself – body, mind, and soul. You are one of the kindest, strongest, insightful, supportive person I’ve ever met. Even though we haven’t ever talked irl yet, you are such an important person in my life. Honestly, whether you know it our not, your posts and you have helped me during my own struggles, and I can’t ever thank you enough for that. There are so so so many people, including me, who love you, so much. Our struggles don’t define who we are, and it won’t last forever. Of course, there will be ups and downs, but what really matters is who you are as a person, and you, have one big beautiful heart. I know what I, or anyone else, say will not be of any use until you actually believe it yourself. But I just wanted you to know that. If there’s anything I can help with, even if it’s just a listening ear, I’ll try my best to help you out. I love you Maryam – you deserve it, and you are definitely worth it. ❤

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      • Kimberly, this couldn’t have come at a better time, so I thank you more than you can know.. Today has been a bit of a struggle. I feel very lonely and sad and like no matter how hard I try with things, I’ll still be stuck. I feel like depression is ruining things for me. I can’t look at anything anymore without seeing it through the negative way I feel. My whole life is filtered and I just want a clearer future. But thank you for telling me what I mean to you and others.. I think that’s what I needed today. You’re one of the most gentle, resilient and upholding people Ive known so far. You’ve got such a kind heart and you know exactly what to say. I love you too! thank you for being a wonderful friend xx this world needs more people like you!

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