Games and Motivation

Destress

Sometimes it’s easy to keep up with deadlines. Other times harder than scaling Mount Everest. It’s easy to push things for later and end up procrastinating. I find the hardest step to be getting started.

Stress season is about to hit again, so I would like to share some tips that I use to boost myself out of a low.

I sometimes fall into this trap that if I wake up a bit late, I wouldn’t feel motivated to rush to class. So I miss class and lay in bed and play on my phone. Then noon rolls by and I’m not out of bed. Finally, hunger and the need to go the washroom drives me off my bed and my day begins at the end of the school day. I get upset at myself, and I am not productive for the rest of the day.

It can be so difficult to break out the cycle of blues. If you or a friend ever need help, check out this page (https://www.mcgill.ca/medwell/emergencies) for contacts for clinic, counselling, night-line and more!

On the days where I face a difficult task, I take out a few minutes at the start of the day to play my favorite mobile game. I’ve been playing for a long time, so I have gotten pretty skilled at it. So I do well in the game and it makes me feel more confident in myself and gives me some extra motivation to tackle the task. Leave the electronics out of the bedroom before sleep, because good sleep is the best thing that helps you start the next morning in a good mood.

I like to-do lists. But I overdo it at times, and the lists end up being extremely long and I fail to complete anything. I found it to be helpful to just take the top 3 or so things from the list and focus on just those for the day. Whenever I finish my list for the day or when I need a pick-me-up, I dig out the music that I haven’t listened to in years. My brain gets a break as my mind wanders into the past memories.

Take care of yourself. You are never alone.

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