We all have those moments when we just want to stop what we’re doing and plop on the couch and veg out right? Well next time that happens, try watching one of these shows. I have created for you a timeline of, what I think, are 10 of the greatest feel good television shows ever. You may agree with some and think I am crazy for inputting others. I have personally watched all of these, and in one way or another, they help. So click and enjoy. 🙂
So for those of you who are students like me, you might appreciate this post. How many of you have fallen so behind on your school work, you feel like you’re drowning and just can’t seem to find your way back to the surface? *Raises Hand High In The Air* I’m going through that right now. Heck, this blog post is a day late, but maybe it will be so awesome that I won’t get in that much trouble for it. Who knows. Anyways, I have created this Top 5 on How to Catch Up When You Fall Behind. Some are my ideas and some I found from other sources. Maybe it will help you and maybe it won’t. I know some of it helps me and some of it doesn’t, but this blog isn’t for me. It’s for all of you out there.
5. Set Goals and Reach Them
Set yourself some realistic goals on a daily basis. If you think that you’re a week behind, try to figure out how many hours you think it will take to get caught up. Set the appropriate goal for what you want to accomplish each night and stick with it. The most important thing is sticking with those nightly goals. These are your stepping stones to the big goals. It won’t take long to reach them and eventually you’ll be caught back up. It might seem like it will take forever, but it’s better than cramming everything in one night, right?
4. Modify your Schedule
You will likely need to set aside some extra time to get caught up so start taking steps to do that. The earlier the better. If you need an extra hour each night to catch up, be sure that you let your family know that and make the needed arrangements. Plan out easy dinners, set your favorite TV shows to record- so you’re not distracted by the desire to go watch them, and do anything else you need to do to fit your extra time into your schedule. This also means… *gasp* turning OFF the cellphone. Dun dun dunnnn.
3. Eliminate Distractions
Distractions are the enemy when you’re a student, and they’re even worse when you’re behind. Whether it’s Facebook, your family, a favorite TV show, or something else, make sure that you eliminate all distractions. Five minutes spent messing around on Facebook is five minutes of studying you could have accomplished, and every time you break your concentration because of some distraction you’ll end up facing the task of getting back into the groove. You’re better off if you’ll just set your goals and ignore all distractions until the task at hand is completed. It’s not that difficult when you get the hang of it. I haven’t personally mastered it yet, but like I said before, this isn’t for me. I am the queen of… Ooooo look a butterfly. See what I mean.
This is an obvious step but one that is so important it needs to be mentioned. If you’re behind then it’s very easy to let your stress and worry influence your lessons. Trust me. You’ll end up rushing through them without fully understanding the subject and your grades will likely suffer as a result. Instead, remember to calm down and focus on what’s ahead of you. If you’ve contacted your teacher you’ll likely have less stress already. Relax, don’t panic, and the results will be much better.
1. Contact the Professor
If you’re falling behind, contacting the professor is always something you can do. Well hopefully. While those who are just a short assignment or so behind can usually catch up without much trouble, those who are significantly behind will want to let their professor know. Explain the situation and what has happened and you’ll be surprised at how understanding your instructor will usually be. They’ll help ease your mind and get a bit of the stress off your shoulders so that you can focus on what’s important – catching up. Try it. They may surprise you.
Stress levels are different for everyone. On a scale of 1 to 10, someone’s 7 could be another’s 3. It all depends on what you can handle. Either way, everyone has to deal with stress at some point or another. The question of how you do it is another story. I did a little research to find out how people work to tolerate their stress and I found a list from The Mayo Clinic. While I do agree with some of these, other’s I think don’t work at all. So… I have created my own Stress Reliever Top 10.
10. Use A Journal
Writing out our deepest thoughts is sometimes more helpful than it may seem. No matter how awful those thoughts are, writing them out may save you from actually performing them. Also, it doesn’t even have to be writing. Drawing is a great way to get out stress. It could be nothing but scribbles and circles, and it could still help. This is your private book. No one will read it. Whatever you want goes in. It’s an outlet to getting out anything you may be feeling. It’s also your choice whether or not you want to keep it. Some people find it therapeutic to throw it out to symbolize the removal of the toxins from your life.
9. Talk To Friends
Some people say this doesn’t help them, but for most it does. One of the upsides to having friends is having people to talk to. Does talking have to be about the stress you’re enduring? No. It can be about anything. Talk about movies, crushes, anything. Whatever it is, it will help keep your mind off of the thing you’re stressing about. If the thing you want to talk to them about is the stress, then just getting it off your chest may relieve some tension.
8. Avoid Drinking
One of the most common and easiest stress relievers is alcohol. While many people truly enjoy a fine glass of wine with a fine meal, or a special event may call for a glass or two of champagne, most people consume alcohol after work either as a way to unwind or as a social tool. Excessive consumption, of course, can lead to health problems. However, drinking is not the only potentially harmful way of coping with stress. There are other things that are just as harmful. It’s very important to stay healthy in times of stress and make good choices when it comes to drinking. If this part of your life is not in control, managing your stress will be almost impossible.
Many people exercise to control weight and get in better physical condition to become more healthy or physically attractive, but exercise and stress management are also closely linked. Now if you’re like me, you have no stamina at all and think this is the worst idea. But, exercise provides a distraction from stressful situations, as well as an outlet for frustrations, and gives you a lift with a surge of endorphins as well. Whether it’s a walk around the park, or signing up for a big race, do something physical and set goals. You’ll do big things and get rid of big stress at the same time.
Music therapy has shown numerous health benefits for people with conditions ranging from mild issues, such as stress, to severe ones, such as cancer. When dealing with stress, the right music can actually lower your blood pressure, relax your body and calm your mind, especially slow, quiet classical music. However, everyone is different. If hardcore gangster rap is your thing, give it a shot and see how it works.
5. Watch Television
I know what you’re thinking, when the heck do you have time to watch television when you have so much going on? It doesn’t have to be for a long time, but even just 30 minutes can help. It doesn’t matter the genre of show, just something that you enjoy and can get lost in. For many people, that could be something funny. For others, they prefer to get lost in a good crime drama. Whatever it is, enjoy it and for the length of that show, and forget everything negative you’re dealing with.
It is so important to get your sleep. Most people need 8 hours, but some doctors say adults can run off of about 6. It all depends on the person. Make sure to set a day where you are sure to be able to sleep in, or go to bed early. If you know you have a free day coming, make sure to not book anything during that time! Use it to rest and get yourself back up and running.
I can’t even begin to explain how relaxing it is to dive into a good book. A lot like the television, you don’t need to do it all day, but take a few moments to read just a chapter. It doesn’t even have to be a book. It can be a magazine, or an article. Whatever it is, use it to escape the reality you’re facing. Just make sure you don’t get so sucked in you forget what you still have to do. I’ve been there and it can make things a little more difficult. This step takes a lot of self control.
This is one of my favorite things to do when I am stressed. While a lot of people like to work out, or punch something to get out the stress, I like to chop things up. As morbid as it sounds, using a knife to chop up an ingredient is a great feeling. All your pent up frustrations go into the knife and out comes some nice looking minced onion. Loose yourself into your cooking to make your friends and/or family an incredible and healthy meal.
It’s inevitable that you’ll be faced with stressful situations. A quick way to calm down is to breathe in….and breathe out. Even if it seems a little silly, try it. I use this all the time, and find it works great.
So this link doesn’t exactly want to embed into this post so please bear with me. Take a few minutes out of your daily blog reading and check out this slide show I made. All the photos in it tell a story about how to just relax. All the photos in it are also one’s I personally took. Some are from past vacations I took, and others I took just for this assignment, but all make a point.
In past blog posts, I talk about different ways to just relax and enjoy life when you can. Well these photos help. Anytime I feel completely stressed, I just stop and look through my old photos. A lot of them are from back home in California, some from here in Pittsburgh, but all of them mean something to me and always know how to calm me down.
A few posts ago, I talked about taking vacations. Some of these photos help show that maybe a vacation is something you need to order to achieve your goals. All these places I have been to have helped lead me to where I am today. Whether it’s in a positive light or negative.
My advice for you is that when you are stressed out, do what I did and look through some old photos. Most of the time, they will take you to a time when you were extremely happy… and for just a few moments… it’s like nothing else in the world exists.
A lot of people have been asking me about my little subtitle I have at the top of my blog site. It says, “When Life Gives You Lemons… Make Orange Juice“. I figured I should explain my reasonings for it because it does have a lot to do with the theme of this blog.
A lot of people know the phrase, “When life gives you lemons… make lemonade”. That to me is so predictable. Obviously, that’s what you’re going to do with them. My mom taught me that you should always take something and make it something else. When she ran an Ebay based business, she had the catch phrase, “When life gives you lemons… make lemon soup”. That’s where I got the orange juice idea. She took the expected, and made it unexpected.
Like I mentioned in one of my early posts, I was an absolute stress ball because of my intense schedule. However, I now take that craziness and make something of it. I use it to find life lessons for not only myself, but for others… You my loyal readers. The lemons is the intense life… the lemonade is the stress. Screw that… Make orange juice!
So thank you Mom. Thank you for always teaching me to take life by the horns… and giving it a hug.
When life gives you something… why do what is expected? It’s the things that you do out of character that gets you noticed.
So I was surfing the web just now and came across this great article on Yahoo’s homepage. The title was “10 Tips To Plan Your First Romantic Getaway“. Little cute articles like this always catch my attention, but this one really got me thinking… Yeah I know, a lot of things get me thinking.
When people are as busy as we are, sometimes it’s really hard to take a break from work and school and make sure we take time for ourselves. Heck, that’s what this whole blog is about… balance. But maybe this article has a few good points. Tip #2 says to make the trip a quick one. That’s sometimes all you need. I’ve talked a few times about making sure the people in our lives feel important. But we only focused on this little things you can do like make breakfast. We never talked about the things we can do that really take time… like a vacation.
Yes, it’s extremely difficult to take time out of your life for things like a vacation, but maybe that’s what we need to do. Find a time where maybe a few days off isn’t the worse thing. Take me for example. I have my spring break coming up the first week of March. My plan was to work the whole time. But then I thought about the fact that my boyfriend hasn’t gotten to go to the country in a while to see his family and I know it sucks for him. So, I am increasing my hours leading up to it so that I am able to finally take time off so that we can travel to see his family. It won’t be for too long, but I know it means a lot to him.
We also need to realize that taking a vacation doesn’t mean be on our phones all day. All guilty parties raise you hand… *hand raised*. This is tip #6 in the article. Enjoy the little free time you have and put the phone down. It will mean a lot to the people around you.
That’s my little rant of the moment. Let me know what parts of the article stand out to you.