How Do I Cope with Depression and School?

It’s like 12:48 am right now but that’s okay (k, yes everyone needs their proper amount of sleep so don’t follow in my example, however I did take a long nap in the afternoon so yeah…) but, I’m here to write about something very serious (as you can tell from the title) especially with what’s going on with me right now. Also I made a master post on my tumblr blog about this but I want a more detailed focus on what I do so, if you want to read that post you can click here (some content from that post will also be posted here as well).

Recently, I relapsed back into depression about 5 months ago (about July) and I started my senior year at a new school in September (I know. Wrong timing). So I had a lot of ups and downs there and here. In short, I want to talk to you guys about how I personally cope with mental illness while at the same time trying to reach my full potential and pursue what I want academically. I recently got a question on my tumblr blog asking how do I cope with depression and at the same time go to school.

Just a side note: Please keep in mind that I am not a medical professional but I did beat depression 5 years ago (and I'll try to do it again) so this is what I know and what I'm continuously doing to help.

Accept that You Have a Problem

 The first step is to always accept that you have a problem and that you need to treat it ASAP! When you let it sit and wait, it’s just going to grow and manifest which can alter your performance in school and effect how your view yourself overall.

Around October of last year, I went to my guidance counsellor, my dean and vice dean for immediate help. This was a tremendous step to getting better even though it was scary to get help (it felt so awkward too). Soon after she (my guidance counsellor) offered to have therapy sessions which really helped. I learned many new techniques (which are again in my recent tumblr masterpost) and it helped me get through it.

Overall, letting the right people know can really help and make you feel better. Plus it’s also great to have a support system.

Take It Easy 

A common mistake when you’re studying while depressed is that you need to pretend that everything is okay and just go on with full force with everything thinking that it’s just going to go away on its own. No. Just no. Remember to watch and listen to yourself.

My routine to watch this when trying to do an assignment goes a little like this (I don’t do this every single time since I tend to change it up).

  • Find a very blank place that’s very tidy so that your mind is focused on only one thing. I like studying or doing work on the floor in an empty corner with a blanket (I feel like I’m one of the only ones who does it… Am I?)
  • Put calming music on to get a rhythm going to help you pace while work.
  • Study for 30-35 mins without procrastinating (turn off your phone or put it into sleep mode, no tv, no distracting human contact, only you and that’s it).
  • Take a short break (around 5-8 mins).
  • Repeat.

Try to Take Care of Your Priorities Not Others

It’s without a doubt that we have to deal with toxic people. When you’re around them they just hurt you and that’s not what you want for yourself, especially if you’re going through a mental illness.

Recently, obnoxious people have been trying to get into contact with me and have been trying to cause drama however, I did what I was taught to do (thanks to past therapy session), I ignored it and gave them a more mature response then of course, I blocked them online and in reality (just ignore them when in person and go on with what’s important). This is the only way. I don’t expect to fix it since I don’t have the time plus I’m dealing with more serious issues (lol they’re not worth the time right now).

Just cut them out of your life but don’t be mean and toxic back instead, be stern and serious that you need space then move on. Trust me it’s worth it and it gives you another lesson that it’s their problem not yours so just focus on yourself. Remember it’s school not a reality show so just do your thing and let others do whatever they deem “worthy”.

Build Yourself Up Not Break

I’ve spent so many years being hard on myself. I’ve learned to not necessarily look on the bright side since that should never be the focus when something goes wrong because it doesn’t actually help your case. However looking at your failures and saying that it’s an attempt and a try should be a better way at looking at it instead of changing the subject with distractions like “Oh, hey at least I’m good at…” Look at what happened and think about how you can make it better next time.

Also thinking about the good times can actually help. For me, I tend to spend a few minutes when I’m alone to remind myself that I’m still here and that I’m still very much like very human – We all make mistakes but we still keep on going.

Become Motivated

When you have grit and the will power to succeed, you can accomplish anything. I usually like looking at famous people and their accomplishments to get me inspired. If you go on the Academy of Achievement site you can read and watch people and their success stories and the struggles that they faced.

Also ted talks about getting motivation also helps as well. I also have a few favourite Youtubers and bloggers for instance College Info Geek by blogger/youtuber and cute nerdy geek Thomas Frank, who also has written a book about motivation and how to succeed in school called 10 Steps To Earning Awesome Grades. He also has a library of podcast about anything that can help you succeed on his blog. You can also watch his very useful tips on his Youtube channel here.

Looks like another farewell (until the next post hehe). I hope this helped (forgive me for no images this time) and make sure that you listen to yourself as well and think about what other methods can help you get through this. If you have any questions please message me on my tumblr blog. Ciao!

How Do I Stay on Task During the Holidays

Well hello world! It’s me again. As you can tell by the title (titles usually give us what it’s about…), I’ve been receiving a tonne of messages and questions about how I stay productive over the Winter holidays. So, I’ve decided that today I give you some tips and pointers on how I stay productive when I’m out of school on break (on a side note: just because you’re on break doesn’t mean your performance in school has to suffer).

Hope this post helps (fingers crossed) and if you have anymore questions, please ask in the comment section below and if you like, message me on my tumblr blog as well.

Tip #1: Use a Timetable/To-Do List/Agenda

If you’ve read some of my past posts then you know how much I value (and you should too!) planning like a warlord. You need to plan before hand and what you need to execute.

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Here I just made a to-do list for all of my classes. Now, I don’t mean you need to be ahead till you’re practically done the class, since that is just ridiculous and not worth your time, however reading some material ahead can be very beneficial remember not to over due it since you have other priorities or other classes to look at. Also, try to be realistic about what you put on that list and plan out what part of the day you wish to do them.

Lastly, make sure you have F-U-N on that list since it is the holidays so remember to get festive and get out there in the world to just enjoy yourself, it won’t be long until you’re back for the next school semester/term (*gasp).

Tip #2: Relaxation

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I can’t stress (don’t stress! just relax. Yeah see what I just did there?) this enough but remember that you are on a holiday so do just that and sit back and relax! I prefer to relax in my own way which means a lot of Netflix, Spotify, Youtube, journal writing, photography, tumblr (since I brought this up, here’s my tumblr blog as well hehe), and of course a bunch of shopping!

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Also try to get out of the house too. Here, I like going to the local cafés to be productive, have fun and drink a great cup of London fog. Don’t stay cooped up in your room too much. This generation spends way too much time in their room, try to enjoy some outside time while you’re on break. It’ll give you a new perspective I promise!

Tip #3: Planning for the New Year

I feel like I’m repeating myself again but yeah, a new year and maybe a new day planner or agenda to keep you track for the next 12 months!

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Although that I use a day planner I tend to use it like a bullet journal where I just plan things out with bullets/symbols.

Another side note: Since that the New Year is rolling around the corner, it may be a great time to start writing New Years Resolutions (which will be an upcoming blog post soon I promise).

Tip #4: Fixing that Sleep Mechanism

Let’s face it, we all have so much fun that we forget that we’re not immortal and thus need sleep (unless if you’re a zombie). So, try to get yourself on track with your sleeping schedule and make sure that you’re awake when you’re suppose to be awake and asleep when you should be. I’m sure that everyone has a smartphone with a clock and alarm function but remember that there’s still the old school one, like mine form Ikea (I swear I am not endorsing them but I jus love them).

I tend to keep my clock with me while I’m journaling (is that even a word?) away so I don’t lose track of time.

Tip #5: Stay Safe

I know, I know, I am not your mother but it’s still a pretty good reminder that even though that you’re on your break, try to have fun responsibly. It’s quite easy to forget when so many things are happening around you but please try to remember to be safe than sorry. Other than that, have fun everyone and a Happy New Year to all.

How to Balance a Heavyweight Semester

It’s been awhile into this semester and I’m personally feeling the effects of academic stress. So that’s why I’ve decided that it’s time to write a post about how to balance school work and get the most effective grade in the end without burning out.

Step 1: Plan like a warlord

I can’t stress this enough that in order to succeed with a heavyweight semester, you must know the art of planning and organizing your tactics. Use any type of day planning strategies that work for you. For me I prefer bullet journaling.

Step 2: Be Productive at School 

School in general is meant to be a place of work. Like an office type of thing. So try to do most of the work, note taking, assignments, etc. while at school and if you have times in the school day where you don’t have a class use them to your advantage and just complete any necessary assignments. This will guarantee that you freed up the afternoon where there is a more light load to work on or study on so you don’t feel stressed, plus the added benefits of more free time and a social life.

Step 3: Start Early on Assignments/Projects

I can’t stress this enough as it is but you cannot just wait till the very last minute. It’s just not worth it. Once an assignment is set, start to organize your time (with your day planner of course) where you will commit to finishing it. Once it’s out of the way you can reward yourself with other things you like.

Step 4: Reduce Distractions

I know it can be difficult that you have friends, things to do, maybe a club or two but, try to remember that school is your first priority so try to do your other hobbies after school and hang out with your friends later in the day.