I promise I will help you stay sane at university. Even if you live on things you can just throw in the oven so you don’t waste time. You actually know what learning spaces are for now. You’ve not been out for 4 months. You have too many mental breakdowns to count. Life’s squeezing lemon juice into your eyes, and you get the flu in the night, right before the deadline. Welcome to your final year of uni.
I’m there right now, but with these 10 tricks, I mange to stay sane and survive my last year of university.
Have a 9-to-5 schedule
Yes as boring and soul destroying as it might sound to you, planning your day around these hours will actually give you more free time to enjoy. It will also mean that you will be able to relax properly and without the guilt of relaxing. Once you’re home- you’re home and that’s enough. All of your university classess should be between these times anyway, so try and find yourself about half an hour for lunch at the right time, and spend the rest in the library or another comfortable learning space. Try not to make that your university room because you will regret that. You need a place to go back to, rather than stagnate in.
Have a Plan
Sitting in a church doesn’t really make you a Christian, the same way sitting in the library doesn’t make you do work. Try and plan what you’re going to do- realistically in a day, or maybe a week. It will help you stay motivated and do work steadily if you regularly switch what you’re studying.
Use Study Techniques
And no, I don’t mean highlighters or flash cards. Find tips that will help you avoid procrastination. Use things like the pomodoro method, remember the learning curve and do your best to motivate yourself. Let me know if you’d like a blog post on how I study and keep procrastination at bay. I’d be more than happy to help.
It’s easy to end up just getting a maccies for lunch. Everyday. That’s not really nutritional though really, is it? Trust me when I say that your body, mind and wallet will feel a lot better if you do even simple. Get yourself a good student cook book, I recommend Nosh for Students, and start planning your meals for the next 3/4 days ahead. It’s not difficult, and you’ll love the amount of money and sanity you will save. Of course, you can’t always make your food at home, but doing this will make you that tad more sane.
Learn to Relax
I’m going to write a blog post about what TRUE self-care is, in my humble view. It’s important for you to find time to do whatever truly regenerates you. Whether that is lying on your bed and listening to music for an hour or two, reading or watching a show. You have to give yourself the headspace you will need after a lot of studying or essay writing. That can mean writing poetry in a cafe to one person, to others it may be a good gym session or a few swimming lengths. Don’t feel obliged to be doing anything. Take care of yourself- your body, mind and soul if you believe in one.
That doesn’t have to mean getting paralytic on a night out. It means having people to spend time with, to support you and preferably students who are in the same boat as you and understand you. It’s easy to close yourself off when you have too much to think off, but it’s so much better when you have a support network. It’s worth putting the effort into building relationships with people.
Hope this short post helped you! I’m currently in the heat of hell of third year, just finishing my creative writing portfolio and all other assignments. Do you have any uni survival tips?