My alarm goes off. It’s that moment I’ve dreaded since I laid my head on the pillow only five hours ago. I hit snooze – 15 more minutes ought to do it. The fifteen fly by, feeling like a mere 30 seconds.
“I didn’t even really fall asleep,” I tell myself. Another 15 it is. After five 15 minute snooze sessions, I finally realize I have no more snoozes left because class begins in seven minutes.
I scramble to get up and race to my bathroom. I splash soapy water on my face, vigorously brush my teeth and throw my hair into a messy bun. A little concealer here, some blush there. Voila – I’m ready. Well, somewhat presentable at least. I rush out the door, trying to find my car keys and struggling to get my arm into my sweater.
My keys are officially missing, and I am officially late. Points are deducted for my tardiness, and my mind is beyond scattered.
I think this might be most people’s life story lately. Sing Song ended over a month ago – weren’t things supposed to slow down?
Unfortunately, all that wishful thinking has yet to fulfill itself. Job applications, portfolio reviews, a hectic work schedule and a never ending stream of homework have invaded my life. I’ve lost some hope as to whether the stress will ever retreat.
However, while the demanding days keep coming, they are also passing. While they may feel forever long, they all come to an end.
So, what are some stress relievers that can help us survive this time of year? Get some sleep. I am the worst at this. I figure I can stay awake into the early morning hours, just to finish a project. While this is sometimes necessary, it can’t be beneficial every night. So try to cram as much work in during the day, and get those 8 hours of rest. You’ll feel ready to work again in the morning if you get a bit of shut-eye.
Take a walk. I feel claustrophobic after sitting in my office for hours. Getting up and going outside, even for just a few minutes, can help release the pent up irritation that lingers in your workspace.
Look presentable. If you go to class or work feeling frumpy, it’s likely that your attitude will reflect your wardrobe. So, make yourself feel pretty/handsome. Dress nice – do your hair, wear something other than sweats. When I’m wearing something I feel fashionable in, my day feels a little brighter.
We all can see the light at the end of the tunnel. In less than two months, the hectic school schedule will come to it’s end. Until then, all we can do is take a deep breath and just keep swimming.