Last week was quite possibly the most stressful week of my life. Never have I questioned why I am doing my degree as much as I have over the last couple of days. A pretty big assignment due in on Thursday meant I did 2 ‘all-nighters’ back-to-back which is something I vowed never to do after first year.
I feel like students have a bad reputation of drinking too much, going on holiday all the time and generally not taking things too seriously. And whilst I admit that is definitely something that goes on, we actually work pretty hard when the time comes.
I thought I would feel relief and freedom after I handed in my assignment in but instead I have been faced with a mountain of work from lectures to catch up on. One of my friends literally sat me down and asked me if I genuinely wanted to carry on with my degree because I seemed so much happier when I talk about blogging, youtube and photography. And honestly, for a moment I questioned it too.
The truth is yes, yes I definitely want to finish my degree. I think people who know me from the more creative stuff I do, get confused when I say that I study medicine, I mean it is a pretty intense subject. But for me being a doctor is not only something I have wanted to do since I was young, it is also a job that I know is perfectly suited to my personality and would keep me motivated and fulfilled. The reason I do everything else is simple. I enjoy it too. I realise that one day I will have a full time job with way more responsibilities and so now is the time I get to do and experience all I want to. If I have the time, my general answer is to say yes to new experiences.
There is one thing I have been trying to do more of to feel less overwhelmed with everything going on and its made a HUGE difference.
Speaking Positively. How often do you say ‘I’m tired, I’m stressed out, I can’t do it, I want to quit’? For me this is something I noticed I do almost all the time. And when all your friends are saying it too, its easy to agree. I realised that even though I may feel actually some of those things, speaking it out loud made it ten times worse. I’ve been making an effort to deliberately say positive and encouraging things out loud to myself and its amazing. After all, self-confidence starts with you, its rarely something gained from the words of someone else. (Yes I just made that quote up and I’m very proud of myself)
How do you cope with stress? Let me know in the comments