As a college student I have the tendency to look at my never-ending “to do” list (I’m a list maniac) and feel incredibly overwhelmed. As do most of my friends, I’m sure. It probably doesn’t help that I’m blogging at the moment instead of studying for my three tests I have this week or my three upcoming research papers that I’m know are going to “suddenly” sneak up on me in couple of weeks when they’re due.
A few days ago I was looking at my list of everything I had yet to do and feeling at a complete loss at where to even begin (ADHD and long lists don’t mix well). Papers, tests, homework assignments, and projects have a tendency to pile up quickly. Lately, during the school week I’ve been noticing that most of the things I say or talk about are pretty negative. “I have so much to do.” “I haven’t slept in days.” “Is it summer yet?” or “When did college stop being fun and started being so difficult?” This is what most of my recent conversations with others have consisted of and I HATE it!
I’d like to think of myself as a usually upbeat, happy go lucky person. I’m usually the person who tries to see the silver lining on every cloud.
Yes, college can be stressful, hectic and downright depressing at times but we have to learn to give up that attitude, or at least try to. Everyone is entitled to a bad mood every now and then. We need to figure out a way to snap out of these moods. So that we can go back to living life and meeting our full potential (you always do better work when you’re in a good mood).
So here’s how I snapped out of my bad mood. I closed my lap top and my textbooks grabbed my pen and a pad of paper and I wrote down everything I could think of that makes me really, really happy. I know, it sounds like a pretty huge waste of your already small amount of time, but it worked!
I listed everything from the avocado cheeseburger at Chilli’s, to running at the beach during winter, to the Gasparilla Art Festival, to day-drinking at Klondike with my sorority sisters. I soon realized that I did not have enough time or enough space on the paper to list the many things in my life that make me truly happy. I also realized that the stress and lack of sleep I’m dealing with now will all eventually lead me to even more things that make me happy. Even just looking at the list and all the reasons I wrote, puts a smile on my face and ease on my mind.
So while it does suck at times, I’ll do my best to envision that brand new car I’m going to buy myself in a couple of years when I’m makin’ that monaayy in the real world.