I can’t really explain why or how but recently I’ve been feeling some sort of anxiety that is manifested in a way that makes me feel like I’m living at 100 km/h. I’m always rushing to get to places and to do stuff. I can’t say I’ve ever really been anxious about school and grades, but recently deadlines are just creeping over me and the only thing I want is to escape them and just get on with the fun stuff. I know I have a tendency to prioritize my personal projects, work and relaxation over school and I know it shouldn’t be the case. This week was particularly tough because all the deadlines are coming at once and I know I have to stop reading my book and get on with writing that essay. So today I wanted to share with you the few things that have been (somewhat) helping with my anxiety of deadlines and having the time to do everything at once.
Set up specific times for the work you have to do
This weekend I had to finish a presentation, write a full essay and on top of that write a critical review. I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it happen without some breaks in the middle so I set up specific times of the day that would only be for completing these projects ONLY. If I didn’t have a specific time frame allowed for them I knew I would just end up doing it last minute.
Try new recipes in your free time
Instead of watching videos for hours on YouTube during my free time, I decided to try to make new recipes this weekend. Not only is it going to help with my cooking skills, it’s also something that makes me feel accomplished. When I make a recipe I never feel like I’m wasting my time because there is an end product. I made my first ever cinnamon bun twists (kanelbullar) that were delicious, and also Cacio e pepe (for this one it was more my dad but I was helping / watching him).
Distract yourself with something new
I didn’t really know how to call this category, but what I mean here is to engage with a topic you haven’t really engaged with before. Something detached from your own life that will change your mind. This week I’ve really much enjoyed Lindsey Holland’s new series called ‘Ageless Ties’ on intergenerational relationships and how it can help mental heath. I’ve also read the book ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ by Mich Albom on a similar subject and it really helped!
Let me know if you have any tips for feeling less anxious!