How can school be stress free when you have to pick your GCSE options, make friends, attend class and do homework and revision?. Picking your GCSE options determines which path you take for your future and your career and which university/college you can get into. Making friends determines which friendship group you’re in and what you’re classified as, and friends help build your confidence and leads you to have a social life. Each class and lesson you take notes so you remember as much as possible for end of module tests; homework for almost every lesson that has a due date; independent revision for when you have an exam that you need to put in the extra hours so you exceed your target. How can anyone do this without feeling, stress, nerves or a lack of perseverance?
The best thing I’ve learnt to balance all of that with a social life is to take time out. At first, it may be difficult and hard to take half an hour, maybe even an hour out for yourself but once you do, you’ll see how important it is for you to do it more often. When you take time for yourself, have a nice relaxing bath with a bath bomb, use a face mask, put fairy lights and candles on around your room to make it cosy;do something creative like draw, paint, bullet journal;something that brings peace and happiness to you. Spending that time for yourself and making effort to do so can make your well being so much better.
Not taking time for yourself can make you feel overwhelmed, isolated, self-conscious and like you have a list of things that need to be done, but that list never seems to be getting smaller.
The lesson learnt for today is to remember that you’re human. You’re not immortal and can’t do everything you want. Take time for yourself once a week, and do the best you can do in whatever it is you need to do. The best you can do is enough. Never forget that.
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