As a true ENID girl, your life is probably jam packed full of amazing (and time consuming) things. We want you to chase those big goals, but not at the expense of your mental health or happiness. So although you may have as many hours in a day as Beyoncé, we here at ENID want to make sure you’re using them wisely. Here are some mantras to keep in mind to help you feel balanced when life starts to get busy.
- Do what makes you happy
As assignments pile up, we tend to forget to send some love our own way. Dedicating some me-time can boost your happiness and productivity. It can be a refreshing break from intensive studying and even motivate you to work harder when you do sit down to work on that essay. So find what makes inspires and excites you – whether it be going to the gym, reading a magazine, having a bubble bath, playing guitar, sky diving, you name it!
You’ve just survived a long week of memorising Hamlet quotes, pages of maths homework, and navigating friendship dramas – you deserve a night off. By putting in the effort on weeknights, you can have the freedom to have a fun night, guilt-free. Because although academics and grades are important, you are more than just a number! Just because school has gotten serious doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your social life.
- Know when to say no
Time off is important (see tip number two) BUT if everyday is a break then you may not be getting that balance right. Partying all weekend then having a Sunday afternoon freak out is not ideal. Maybe you have to say no to going out for an 18th this weekend to polish off an assignment, but there will be waaaay more opportunities to have fun when your work is done. It’ll be worth the wait.
- Eat your greens
While a Maccas run seems like the perfect study break, filling your tummy with something nutritious will keep you feeling energised and ready to go. Healthy doesn’t have to be boring either (peanut butter and carrots are a must-try combo!). Cooking can be a great stress reliever with the added bonus of something yummy at the end.
- Celebrate the little wins
Whether it be finishing bio homework early, improving your grades, or getting halfway through exams, you deserve a moment of celebration. Each time you get that little bit closer to your goal, you should feel proud. Don’t worry if you’re not there yet, because you are on your way! You go girl!
- Be flexible
If study timetables work for you, then you are one lucky duck and keep doing what you’re doing! Unfortunately, many of us find it difficult to work under set time limits so flexibility and prioritising what needs to be done asap help you stay feeling in control. Half-days are a great way to tick off items on your to-do list without feeling like you’ve given up a whole day to study.