WHAT TO DO IN COLLEGE IF YOU FEEL OVERWHELMED The transition to college can be daunting for any young adult. It doesn’t matter if you are a freshman, a senior, or any other grade in between; whether you are a first-generation college student or the tenth generation of your family to attend college.
What do you do if you feel overburdened by college, whether it is your coursework, your social life, or your on-campus part-time job? I believe that if you use these suggestions, you will be able to reduce your emotions of overwhelm and return to the state of mild stress that all college students aspire to.
(1) BREATHE I am aware that you are probably staring at me with a bewildered expression. Even if you are probably sick of reading blogs on the internet that advise you to breathe when you are worried, doing so might actually be very beneficial.
Get your breathing back in order, think of gorgeous puppies running down the beach at sunset, focus on the beautiful water flowing slowly behind them, taste the salt in the air, etc. That is, at least, my happy spot; nevertheless, yours may alter significantly and contain fewer pups.
Regaining control of your thoughts is the first step to moving past your emotions of overwhelm. When we allow our ideas to run amok, overwhelm sets in, but if you can control your thoughts, you can make better decisions.
2. SET PRIORITIES AND A TIMELINE Organizing yourself should be your next step.
Looking at our complete itinerary is a common reason of feeling overburdened. With so much on your plate, feeling overwhelmed is simple.
STOP WORRYING ABOUT THINGS RIGHT NOW THAT DO NOT MATTER Even while the decisions you make today won’t have much of an impact on the future, it doesn’t mean you should spend all of your time worrying about what might occur. Instead of considering the big picture, concentrate intensely on your top priorities.
WHAT CONSTITUTES A PRIORITY? When considering what constitutes a priority, there are numerous factors you might consider:
What is quick and simple to do? Why not finish this chore right now if it will only take you a few minutes to do so, clearing it off your plate and to-do list. What must you have tomorrow? You must do it tonight if it is due tomorrow. What tasks have the highest point values? If you feel overburdened, you might want to start by concentrating on the more important duties. If the task points are equally weighted, you should generally concentrate on the activity for 400 points if you have to choose between it and a task worth 5 points. Set priorities on your to-do list to help you decide what to do first and in what order.
GO SLOWLY AND ONE STEP AT A TIME After choosing a task, give it your undivided attention. Spend no time considering the remaining items on your to-do list. That only serves to distract you from what you are doing and makes it more difficult to concentrate on what has to be done. For this reason, I adore the Pomodoro Technique as a working strategy. This method makes me work on one item at a time and forbids me from multitasking!
3. CHOOSE A QUIET SPOT A lot of outside noise is another element that makes you feel overwhelmed. It’s likely that you won’t be able to concentrate in a noisy place, which will make you feel worse given how many things you currently have on your mind.
Consider hiding out in a study room in the library with a pair of noise-canceling headphones rather than studying in a busy area like the student center.
You want to eliminate as many distractions as you can. Tell your loved ones that you will be working on your to-do list for a while and put your phone in airplane mode. Usually, you may configure your phone such that selected people’s consecutive calls will be answered. This is a terrific technique to distinguish between calls that are important and ones that are just trying to bother you for a moment.
4. DOWNSIZE AND DELEGATE As a student, you obviously won’t be able to delegate everything on your to-do list, but consider what you can delegate in addition to your academic responsibilities. You could ask a buddy to drop off something at the bookstore for you so you can stay home and focus, or you could order Postmates to deliver food to your dorm for the evening.
You should also scale back your goals. This year, I came to the realization that I couldn’t participate in everything I had ever wanted to. To make sure that the important priorities in your life are met, you will need to make some compromises.
Get the appropriate amount of rest. On a few hours of sleep, it’s challenging to think clearly. If you are sleep deprived, all of your feelings of overwhelm will be amplified since you will be dealing with both that plus the possibility of falling behind in class.
So, if it’s possible, take a quick power nap when you feel particularly overloaded. Refresh yourself before beginning your to-do list.
Additionally, when you have the chance to sleep, try to obtain more than a couple hours of shut-eye. Get some quality sleep, and you’ll feel better overall about your college experience.
6. Keep in mind that this feeling is transient. When you feel extremely happy, it feels like you’ve always been happy and that you will always be happy, according to a famous phrase that has been making the rounds on the internet for a while. The same is frequently true when you’re feeling down, lonely, depressed, broke, ill, or afraid. Something to maybe keep in mind The same is true for any overwhelming sensations you could be having while in college.
When things are going well in your life, it may appear as though that is all you have ever known. Afterward, it seems like that’s all you’ve ever known when life starts throwing you some curveballs. Avoid falling for this trick!
These emotions are all fleeting. They don’t stay forever, therefore you shouldn’t give them too much power over your life.
7. SEEK ASSISTANCE If all of that counsel is ineffective, you must seek assistance. Get assistance from your friends, family, instructors, and even online strangers. There are so many people who have been in your position before and survived. To overcome college overwhelm, speak with those individuals, solicit their counsel, and then heed them.
CONCLUSION It’s possible to feel alone when you’re struggling with college. What do you do to put a halt to those emotions so you can concentrate on the volume of work you have to perform? I hope this essay has sparked some ideas in your head about what to do if you’re feeling overwhelmed at college.
Bio of a Guest Author:
Blogger and independent author from Arkansas, Amanda Cross She just received her Masters in Sociology. When she’s not writing on her blog, The Happy Arkansan, you can find her eating, taking naps, and binge-watching online videos.