Are you in college and working your ass off for your education? Then you should know that it’s not easy at all, especially if you have quite a taxing job that requires equal focus and determination as aiming for high grades. A lot of students have sought help from psychologists and therapists just to get them through while keeping their mental health at bay. “More than 30 percent of students who seek services for mental health issues report that they have seriously considered attempting suicide at some point in their lives,” says psychologist Ben Locke, PhD.
I can vividly recall my college days. I was studying and working as a transcriptionist for medical professors in another university. It was a fulfilling job, but when examinations came, my stress levels would rise tremendously, and I would be frustrated every time my grades would suffer from my busy career, and vice versa. My refuge was that I lived close to a lake that time, and it was where I would wallow, think, and then recover. I also found valuable techniques that have helped me balance my study and work life while keeping myself sane.
“For students to be able to learn at their peak capacity, they need to be physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually well. Students who struggle are more likely to drop out of school, but by providing services for their anxiety, depression and relationship issues, we can help them manage these issues, focus on their academics and learn new ways to be in the world,” says Louise Douce, PhD.
If you’re a student who is struggling with his studies and working to pay your educations, bills, and so on, it will help if you love your job. This will keep you determined to move forward despite the frustrations and negative emotions that you will feel on your journey.
Curbing The Negative Emotions
- Ask For Help With Homework And Projects. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help from schoolmates or even professors. Or if that’s not possible, you can use online services where there are a variety of tools to assist you. Just make sure that your sources and the content that you choose are aligned with the project at hand. Online help is one way to loosen your nerves a little while accomplishing your requirements. You can also connect with your friends while doing so.
- Be Mindful. Experts state that practicing mindfulness is among the safest and healthiest ways that stressed students could achieve their goals and improve their mental health as well. It encourages the mind to eliminate the negative thoughts, think positively, and be aware of the now.
A lot of students feel that they are inadequate in their course or that they lack the energy needed to fulfill their jobs. Learning some mantras that they can meditate mentally (and verbally) can change their negative thoughts and be inspired to trust in themselves and in what they can do.
- Take A Short Break From Reality. Indeed, it can be satisfying to multitask and be occupied with school and work, but one must take a break from it all to avoid boredom redundancy. Taking a regular break from the overnight studies and straight night shifts can increase your tension levels, and an effective way to reduce them is to relax in the beach or stay in a cozy cabin out of town for a few days.
Talk to your manager, perhaps during the summer days, and ask for a two or three-day leave. Wind down with some friends and family members. When you get back from your much-needed break, you’ll be so eager to give it your best again.
- Seek Counseling. It can be from the school counselor, a psychologist, or an outside therapist. If you think you are unable to control your emotions when you just failed a subject, unable to submit a project, or have been absent from work because of mental health issues, please do talk to someone, preferably a professional. Going home to your family and seeking comfort, there is also a great way to keep your sanity. “For some students, a single session with a mental health professional is all they need, perhaps to help them problem-solve a situation or talk about a personal concern. Other students are in need of more intermediate or even extended care. This is a way of getting students in front of a counselor more quickly and then ultimately getting them connected to the type of treatment that they need in a much faster way,” says Chris Brownson, PhD.
I would recommend that before deciding to go to college and work at the same time to be able to pay for university, weigh the pros and cons first. I know it will feel great to be able to pursue your studies and earn income for yourself, but do think about your physical and mental health. If you need professional advice, talk to a counselor who can help you gauge your choices and move your direction towards positivity and success.