This goes out to all my teenagers and procrastinators 😉
If you’re someone who likes to procrastinate (can’t relate, it stresses me out WAY too much to the point of emotional break-down… ) or some who is lowkey SO STRESSED out by work or school that sunlight hurts, then this is for you!
So like I said, I literally CAN’T procrastinate, but I know a lot of people who do, and I know from personal experience that these methods (which are my personal favorites) actually help because, um, I’m not stressed out? And I do these things? So like scientifically proven?
#5 : Being Comfy While Working
Okay, so like apparently studies show you’re NOT supposed to study or do work on your bed or a couch or ANYWHERE comfy because it distracts you and makes you feel sleepy or lazy, but like, being comfy is WAY less distracting because you’re not switching to a “comfy position” every two seconds…
Um, don’t @ me science.
Like, if you KNOW that you’re not going to be able to study because you’re going to fall asleep on your bed, then don’t do this, but if you just had an “Ah-ha!” moment, then you’re welcome.
Because isn’t it SO much more distracting to be constantly moving, trying to be comfortable when trying to get something done then when sitting down and being comfy?
Like, I get SO much done because I’m not constantly shifting in my uncomfortable desk chair while trying not to slam my knees into the top of my desk every time I move a centimeter.
#4 : Splitting Things Up
The most ANNOYING thing ever is when you look at your planner or agenda, and all you see is little scribbles in the “Today” box that say things like “Finish this paper” or “Watch this documentary (that’s 2 hours long) and take notes because there’s a test on it tomorrow YIPPEE!!” Yeah, no.
Breaking things down will SAVE! YOUR! LIFE!
If you have (for example) three different assignments you HAVE to get done today because they’re due tomorrow, then break them down.
Look specifically at…
- How many tasks/parts to the assignment there are
- How long each task/part will take
- When’s your assessment/presentation
- How much each assignment (or portion of the assignment) is worth (point/grade wise)
From there, break it down into a list on your plan-of-action! This plan-of-action should look something like this:
For me, I always get the easiest things done first, specifically as a way to gradually ease into the harder things.
It’s crazy how much this ACTUALLY makes a difference! It’s easier to be motivated if you slowly build up instead of just diving head-first into the deep end.
#3 : Exercise
Ever come back from the gym feeling like you were on fire? Yeah, well, you’ve just helped your stress levels, that’s why!
If you’ve ever seen Legally Blonde, you’ll recognize this quote…
“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy! Happy people don’t shoot their husbands…”
Ahhhh, such a classic movie…
But Elle Woods is right; exercise does release a group of hormones called endorphins that trigger pain-relieving receptors as well as give you a similar “happy-effect” like morphine, another hormone.
Although finding the motivation to exercise is sometimes hard (who wants to run five miles for FUN??), it’s incredibly important to exercise weekly, if not daily.
It has been scientifically (and Elle-Woods-ly) proven to make you happier and less stressed.
Keeping your endorphin level high is good, too high of a level will make you constantly feel happy, so when the level returns to normal, you’ll plunge into a depressive episode which may result in a high-chase (or, in more simple terms, a chase for drugs that make you feel happy and de-stressed; NOT GOOD!!)
#2 : “Me Time”
Although it’s great to go out and spend time with friends to help you destress, it’s SO important to just put that and have some quality “Me Time”.
Turn off your notifications and just chill.
Read a book, paint your nails, take a nap, watch a movie, cuddle with your dog, whatever! Just do something that takes only YOU and nobody else.This is actually SO important, and people don’t forget just how important it actually is.
Although complete isolation is awful, it’s both mentally and physically important to have some R&R by yourself. In this article, it explains further how taking time to yourself always your brain to reboot, as well as gives you a sense of balance and motivation that all-around makes you a better person 🙂
If your a people-person like me, it can sometimes be difficult to dedicate an hour or more to just lounging around by yourself with no human interaction (unless you get sucked into the WORMHOLE that is Netflix), but it’s SO important to spend at least an hour a day by yourself to allow your brain to completely reboot and process your daily intake of information.
#1 : Sleeping
I know you’ve probably heard it a MILLION times, but sleep is SO IMPORTANT!!
It not only…
- Allows you to physically and mentally recover (your brain works throughout the night preserving daily memories, but also helps you physically recover from wounds, illnesses, etc.).
- Sleeping fully prevents you from gaining weight (too little sleep changes your hormone levels and can make you feel unnecessarily hungrier as a result).
- Can drive chronic diseases and conditions like heart disease.
Chases away stress!!
Not-so-fun fact: stress can lead to sleeping-disorders, high blood pressure or cholesterol, and heart disease.
Yeah, not so fun right?
I cannot stress ENOUGH (pun intended ;P) how important it is to sleep a full night’s rest EVERY night!
But sometimes it’s hard to fall asleep… It may be caused by stress, but a lot of things actually contribute to not being able to fall asleep.
Let’s take a look.
#1 : Blue light
Okay, if you’re on your phone 30 minutes before you plan to go to bed, you’re going to have trouble falling asleep.
The bright light your electronic(s) produce(s) (even when the brightness is down) is called blue light, and actually prevents sleep due to its color. Yes, night-shift mode on your phone helps a little, but it doesn’t make it easier to fall asleep.
The best thing to do is turn off your device(s) close to 30 minutes before you plan on going to sleep, do your nightly routine, and then go to bed.
Not only is it scientifically proven, but I’ve started doing it, and the difference it makes is incredible!
#2 : Don’t take naps
If you’re a napper, try to break the habit (sorry….).
Naps in the mid- or late- afternoon affect your sleep schedule drastically and aren’t going to make you feel replenished.
They’re only going to make you MORE tired since your sleep schedule is going to be all out of whack!