I may have hinted in prior blog posts, but I am graduating from college this spring. My life this semester has been chaotic due to interning 40 hours a week with 20 hours of my internship being paid. My two other jobs also provide me around 9-10 hours of additional paid work. By around the end of February, I was feeling drained. My friend kept messaging me to hang out with her, but I didn’t have the energy to leave my bed underneath the warm blankets. She called me out on my behavior and that’s when I broke into tears. I missed hanging out with friends, reading books all the time and playing some video games. I barely had time to maintain a social life and get the amount of sleep I desperately wanted.
After having a venting session with that same friend above, I knew something in my schedule had to change. As a result I temporarily left my coffee shop job for the time being and I’m slowly recovering from that day. I wanted to share my tips on how to catch up and unwind after feeling overworked.
Cut Something Out of your Schedule
For me, this was one out of my three jobs I was working. This upcoming weekend is the first weekend I will have without work and I’m undoubtedly ecstatic. I will be able to sleep in a little, drink my coffee and continue with my job application process. I haven’t had a morning to myself in a long time and it’s going to be relaxing.
Maintaining a social life is complicated. Luckily, I had some quality time with the boyfriend and saw Logan. I spent some time this past Friday playing board games with a horde of people. Being able to be out with friends and put my long week behind me really distracts me from my to-do list before graduating college.
This is easily the first to get cut out when you’re busy, but hear me out. Exercise can help you feel less stressed by releasing endorphins which make you happy. Typically, those who include exercise often sleep better too. I feel different if I don’t exercise, so with the extra time I do have on the weekends, I’m going to make a trip to the gym.
This is corny, but it helps. I drive about 35 minutes each way from my internship. In those 35 minutes I talk out my problems while also giving myself a pep talk. Additionally in the 35 minutes that I drive home, I talk about my day. Being able to talk out my own problems helps me deal with the stress of the work day.
Finally, see the family.
My goal has been to take a weekend a month to go home and stay with my mom and brother. Every time I do this, I come back refreshed for the next week. Me and my mom will watch movies occasionally and have good quality meals at the dinner table. To be able to acknowledge that I have family to go to when I’m down puts me at ease. I’m thankful that I have a loving and supportive family and I understand that not all families are like mine.
Being overworked is hard to recognize, but realize that you need your time away. Now excuse me while I snap open my 3DS and play Kirby Planet Robobot that my brother got me for Christmas that I haven’t played yet.