If you’re anything like me, you are struggling right about now.
Projects are due. Exams are approaching. Essays need written. Homework is piling up. And there is even more to do with your co-curricular activities.
At a time like this, all I want to do is sleep—and it feels well-deserved (seriously, a few nights ago, I went to bed at 5:30 a.m.). But alas, you and I must both push on. We can see the finish line, and we can’t quit now. So, here is a list of tips to help both of us make it through the rest of the semester without freaking out.
Try some relaxation exercises.
It seems cliché, but everyone has something that helps them relax—whether it is deep breathing, meditation, or just watching Netflix. The point is, you need to take at least a few minutes every day to physically relieve your body of stress. The challenge, of course, is finding the time.
Some people look at this tip and see it as just another thing added to their workload, another task to complete. In a way, that is true. But let’s think about the benefits: we won’t be in college forever, so cultivating a healthy lifestyle is important. In addition, allowing your brain to take a break for a couple of hours a day—stepping away from the desk and moving around a bit—will make it easier for you to focus once you return. Most of all, exercise will flood your brain with endorphins, which will calm you down and help you relax.
Learn to Laugh.
This is more of my personal philosophy. Professionalism is imperative in our profession—without a doubt—but sometimes, you just have to learn to laugh at the situation. Laugh at your shortcomings, and at your ridiculous workload, and all of your other stressors. I am sorry to say that until you graduate, you are never going to have an “easy day,” but at least you can learn to have fun with it.
Take it one step at a time.
When I look at my planner, all I see is a jumble of graphite scribbles—assignments, appointments, chores and meetings. With so much to do, just looking at the list can make me feel overwhelmed. If you feel like this, I recommend you practice focusing on one thing at a time. Don’t look at it as the daunting task of tackling the entire list at once. Just try to complete one thing—one thing—and enjoy that accomplishment. Then, move on to the next one.
Unfortunately, I cannot lessen your workload. I can’t make your professors cancel their assignments, and I can’t guarantee you a good night’s sleep. That is the major we are in, and that is the profession we have chosen. But, we are all here for a reason—because we love public relations and the field of communication. Hopefully, these tips will help you successfully finish the semester, but no matter what, always remember the passion you have for the work you are completing. It is worth it.
Teghan Simonton is a sophomore with a dual major in public relations and journalism. She serves as the content coordinator for Waynesburg PRSSA and as managing editor for the award-winning Yellow Jacket student newspaper. She is an active member of Red Brick Communications and the Society of Professional Journalists. In her free time, Teghan is a member of the cross country and track teams.