Mental Health Support for Students on Tight Schedules

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Source: Thinkladder.com

Has this happened to you? You know you already have too much on your plate, and you are eager to make the most of every opportunity. In one way or another, you end up setting goals and standards that are beyond your current means. Okay, maybe you can accomplish everything if you take out the time required for sleeping and eating. And being at a competitive university doesn’t help the struggle.

I am like you.

At the beginning of summer, I set a goal to become fluent in French by the end of the summer. May to the end of August. That’s four months! I knew that it was a stretch and that it would be a slight miracle if it were to happen. I also had other priorities, though I was taking French classes and practicing with French-speaking friends. I thought it was better to aim high than to be reasonable. Sometimes a miracle occurs. For example, within a period of two weeks, I’m was able to study for exams, find a subletter for the summer, pack all my belongings, prepare for a field school in Europe, and find a farm to work at. This happens quite frequently, where I overestimate my limits. You know the feeling.

Recently, I used Thinkladder, an online resource and app that “helps you discover, evaluate, and adapt your unique belief system, and enhance your well-being,” to welcome better ways of managing stress. (I want to do more than just survive!) Below are some of the insights from Thinkladder on perfectionism, particularly in response to the symptom of setting unrealistic goals.

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Student life is demanding. Rest, exercise, good eating habits, and spending time with friends are the first things to go when pressure sinks in. Thinkladder can be a quick go-to tool to keep you floating. It’s a band-aid, not a cure! It is not a waste of time to begin building a balanced lifestyle. It is foresight. You are building a foundation that will stay with you throughout university and for the rest of your life.

I hope some of these thoughts spoke to your situation. Give yourself time to integrate these insights. Best of luck! You got this!

 

 

 

For on-campus resources, check out this post.
For Thinkladder in the news, check out this article by DailyMail UK.

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