Fall is back and so is school. Many students have been back for several weeks now and starting to get into a routine. I am a student, but not in a traditional way. I am taking just half of the workload during each semester to finish my MBA along with having a full-time job, two part-time jobs, being a husband, responsibilities around the house, and also training with my wife for an Ironman. I know what you are thinking, but no, I do not travel through time to fit everything in. It would certainly be easier to get into a DeLorean time machine and travel back in time, but unfortunately I do not have one at my disposal. Finding the time and energy to complete these classes was very difficult in the beginning, but now I feel that I have a better handle on it
Here are five easy steps that I use to manage stress during school.
Step one: Create a calendar with events
My wife and I have a giant calendar in our office. We started using it a few months ago, and we find that it helps us stay organized with our events, races, training, and even homework. We were even able to put in days where we can just relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Step two: Do not procrastinate and study smart
Waiting until the last minute will certainly cause anxiety for you. The last thing I want to do is cause more stress for my wife and for myself. The key is to use your calendar of events so you know to give yourself a set day for completing those assignments. Structure your study time and set priorities.
Step three: Get plenty of sleep
Sleep is very important when you are back to school. If you are not getting enough sleep it can have major effects on your learning ability, memory, and efficiency. Make sure you are getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.
Step four: Live a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet and engaging in physical activity
You need to make sure that your brain is running effectively by eating a healthy, balanced diet. Make sure you are not skipping meals, and keep yourself hydrated. Engaging in physical activity can help you reenergize your body to keep you from getting burned out.
Step five: Enjoy some me time
I work hard all the time. Sometimes all I need to do is have some “me” time with things that I enjoy doing. For my me time, I like to laugh so I put a comedy movie on TV. I find myself rejuvenated after laughing out loud, which allows me to think more clearly when I hit the books again.