Taking a Chill Pill

It's been a while, hasn't it? Sorry about that, you guys. I have been busy. Not the sort of busy where I literally have no time to write blog posts, but the sort of busy where the stuff I absolutely have to do turns my brain to mush and makes my free time a lot of blubbering around and sleeping.

At the heart of this problem, if you've gone anywhere near my twitter feed in the last two months, is my schoolwork. It's not that I have a lot of it; it's that what I do have makes me want to rip my hair out because it is confusing and my professor explains it badly.

FIRST: A tangent. Kids. Stay in school. Yeah, I hate it, and I say I want to quit all the time, but you know what? I still get all A's and B+'s. I've got a full-ride scholarship--if my grades drop, I'm required by law to throw myself off a bridge. DON'T QUIT SCHOOL. But also remember that your grades/test scores do not determine your worth as a human being. Your actions do that. Okay? Okay. Don't drop out.

SECOND: The actual point of this post. Sometimes I have to remind myself that it's okay to stop and breathe and relax, because the world isn't ending. I need to work hard on this Java program, but if it doesn't work quite right, I can always email the professor until he finally answers the goddamn question I ask. I need to finish my revisions, but the manuscript won't magically disappear/explode/eat itself overnight if I don't finish in a day.

I don't care if it's over writing or school or work or life in general, but sometimes you have to STOP and say, "Let's chill out for a minute."

I could be doing homework, but instead I'm going to watch The Social Network so I can get a nice dose of Armie Hammer, no thinking required. Then I'm going to watch the Vampire Diaries, the Office, and Parks and Recreation. You know why? Because Thursday nights are my chill out nights. They are my "Hey, let's not worry about anything right now, okay?" nights.

And maybe you can't spare an entire night to chill out, but at least grab an hour. Half an hour. Fifteen minutes. Ten minutes. ANYTHING.

Just don't burn out. Okay?

Okay.

14 comments:

  1. I think I came to this same conclusion this month. Unfortunately, I usually get to the point of near-breakdown before I finally take a minute to chill. And then when I do? I feel guilty and think about all the things that aren't getting done. It's a vicious cycle, but I think I'd literally lose it if I didn't allow myself the occasional zone-out.

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    1. Yeah, same here--sometimes I get dangerously close to a meltdown before some chill out failsafe in my brain goes off and stops me. So I had to start scheduling my chill-out time for Thursdays. >.<

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  2. Yeah, this is pretty well timed for me. I've been working too hard, and I've been sacrificing sleep to get more hours into my days. Over the past few weeks the shadows under my eyes have grown dark enough to pass for the honor badges of a fight gone badly wrong. And for the record, this is what the other side of burnout looks like, so yeah, break time.

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    1. Ugh, I know what you mean. It's horrible when the working time spreads out over weeks and weeks, until you realize you're just on a steep downward spiral. Good luck getting back to non-burnout!

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  3. Hahahaha, Thursdays are my "PANIC!Paper-due-the-next-day" days...But besides that, I totally get what you're saying here and I'm just as stressed out as you are in terms of schoolwork. I agree, though, taking a break from everything once in a while is really important. Really helps sharpen the saw.

    Just to let you know, this is my first comment on a blog for months. You're that special. :D *ego-booster*. AND OMG THAT REFERENCE TO TVD MADE ME SO HAPPY.

    Okay, talk to you later and thanks for this post. Good luck with everything!

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    1. >.< Sometimes I wish teachers understood this concept. Like, maybe my Java professor could NOT CONTINUALLY ASSIGN HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT AFTER HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT. *spazzes* *calms down*

      XD Whooooo! Go me!

      Good luck to you, too!

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  4. You are so right. Besides, if a chill moment isn't take, total meltdown/burnout can kick into high gear and no one benefits from that. At all.

    Sending you helpful JAVA thoughts about your JAVA professor. Although, methinks I shouldn't hold my breath.

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    1. Yes, exactly. Burnouts are THE WORST.

      And thank you! XD

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  5. I had a LOT of those nights in high school. which is why I've watched so much anime/read so much manga it's absolutely ABSOLUTELY ridiculous.

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    1. uhh AND in college. I had way more of those nights in college. so many that I don't remember ever DOING my homework.

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    2. XD It's like, sometimes you're so stressed you look for anything to do besides what you really have to do. It's ridiculous.

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  6. Agreed. And like Jessica above me, I really don't remember doing half of my homework in college. WHOOOOOOOOOOPS. I mean there was this one time I went on a writing date with a pubbed author instead of writing a paper. I mean...what. Yeah. ;) Taking breaks and relaxing is always fabulous. I think this could be with anything-not just writing, maybe even just work.

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    1. Agreed--you can burn out in just about anything, so breaks are always advisable. Even if it happens to be a writing date with a pubbed author instead of writing a paper. XD

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  7. Very good advice for anyone but especially kids. I can't believe how much pressure is on them, even the little ones in elementary school. I don't remember having that kind of stress in my school years until I went to college and even then "snackbaritis", where we socialized and learned to smoke, kept us out of classes or doing homework but we still somehow made it.

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