Knocking Out Back To School Nerves!

“Are you ready for back to school?” said everyone of my customers and co-worker.

Good question.

As some may know, I have anxiety. It is anxiety that is very livable, but this is because I really focus on what I need in order to be the most successful version of myself. Going back to school is one of those times that is a little more challenging. Lots of expenses accumulate, your schedule does a complete 360, and it means more brain work rather than physical work. Now, going into my third year of university, I think I have a smooth transition almost figured out.

Here are a couple of my little tricks:

-Get prepared well in advance. After August long weekend, start thinking about what you need to get done and write yourself a list. I try to knock one thing off this list every day.

-Set yourself a realistic budget for how much back to school will cost you.

-Start looking for textbooks for sale well in advance, you can get great deals on used books and save loads of money.

-Start posting about your used textbooks to receive some money back.

-Get yourself and agenda and consistently update it. Seriously, put your life into this book.

-Cut the liquor, cut the bad foods, increase the water in take and get thinking about your exercise routine and how it can be improved.

-Clean up your life! Clean the house, car, purse and anything else you frequently use or spend time in.

-Try giving meal prepping a go. The more prepared you are in the morning, the more time you’ll have to sleep in.

-Speaking of sleep, strive to get at least an 8 hour sleep. It makes a world of difference when you are well rested.

-Find a solid support system to help push you through the hard times.

Getting back to school is a hectic time. Learn what works for you in terms of beating the stress! Everyone is different, but I guarantee that getting a head start will lead to greater success.

Let me know the things you do to kick stress and anxiety’s butt by commenting below!

 

 

Combatting Anxiety With Nature

If there’s something I have never been shy about, it’s my struggle with anxiety. For years I sat there, letting my anxiety eat me alive. As time went on, I found little ways to cope with the constant panic and stress of dealing every imperfection I faced. I obsessed over cleaning, my physical imperfections, and every single grade I got within school. Unless it was perfect, I wasn’t happy. Since not much in life is perfect, happiness was becoming less and less common. It wasn’t until I spent time discovering myself and dove into different passions, that I began to feel secure in my own skin and surroundings. One of my coping tactics was getting out and experiencing different trails, attractions and beaches outdoors. These didn’t have to be things that were far off the beaten path, but just things that let me escape for just a little while. My mind would be more captured by my senses than by my racing anxious thoughts. Now, I try once a week to pick one new place in the outdoors to experience, and usually I go accompanied by someone in my amazing support system. I can’t even begin to explain how much happiness this addition to my life has brought me. I now have something to look forward to and amazing memories to look back on.

Now don’t let me fool you, things still aren’t perfect. Everyone has bad days. However, anyone who is struggling with anxiety has so many options available. The key is experimenting with positive coping tactics and finding what works for you. There is no harm in reaching out for help and putting a little faith in your support systems to guide you in the right directions.