Many of us are probably still in the default mindset of feeling like you have to be productive all of the time, but this can cause stress to build up. We are living through a global pandemic, and sometimes it simply isn’t possible to be as productive as we have been in the past due to all this additional stress. Here are some ways to give yourself a mental break from those high expectations:
Many devices have built-in screen time monitors which shows just how much time you are actually spending in front of a screen. Of course, some of the time spent on Zoom calls is necessary for classes or work, but here are some tips to help reduce the mental load of always being digitally available:
Sit down somewhere comfortable and think about your daily routines nowadays. When do you wake up and go to sleep? How often do you eat and drink water? What habits do you have now that bring you peace? Remember, you’re not here to judge yourself, accept that where you are right now is okay. Think about the ways in which you could take small actions in your daily routines to reduce your stress, such as:
See if others are having similar stressors and ask what they do to handle it. We are not alone in any of the stress we are feeling right now, and it can help to share that with someone else you trust. Also, if you are feeling academic stress it is better to reach out to your professors earlier rather than later and express your situation and if you need more support, time, etc in order to meet the learning outcomes. Here are some ways to connect with others beyond texting or phone calls:
It’s been a pleasure to write about life in Baltimore this semester for Collegetown. I wish everyone a calm, safe, and positive finals/holiday season, and I look forward to sharing more of my thoughts with you next semester!
Written by Anna Brackett, MICA Architectural Design '22