Manage Your Time to Manage Your Health

Albert Einstein once said that time is an illusion; to some of us, it can even be a mirage. One moment it seems like you have all the time in the world, but you blink and its as if years have disappeared out from underneath you.

Students, especially college students, can relate to this feeling. Time seems to be driven by the amount of homework and lack of sleep you get rather than by the traditional means. Though there are no powers out there to stop time, there is a way to get everything done and save your mental health. In a sense, you can have your cake and eat it, too.

Time management is a very important skill to learn. As a college student, your time is divided between class, homework, social life, Netflix, and sleep. It is almost impossible to keep track of it all—not to mention be productive. Once your control over it slips, the effort it takes to gain it back can be monumentous.

Stress is one of the biggest issues that comes with poor time management—not like you need any more than you already have, right? If you have too much unhealthy stress, or distress, in your life, it can have negative effects on your health. Here are some of the symptoms or signs of stress:

Mental Symptoms

  • Poor concentration
  • Lack of interest
  • Negative attitude
  • Procrastination
  • Forgetfulness/confusion
  • Reduced creativity

Emotional Symptoms

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Irritability
  • Cry easily
  • Feeling pressured
  • Low self-esteem

Physical Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension or soreness
  • Change in appetite
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Fatigue, exhaustion, and restlessness
  • Increased illness

Stress is a grade and mental health killer, and without either of those, your career as a student can be in peril. However, If you are dealing with stress due to poor time management, there is hope. Many universities offer counselors to help students with things like time management. Although they are a great resource to turn to, the availability for university-sponsored counselors is limited. Many students who need help cannot receive it due to the shortage of counselors.

Students should be able to get the help they need when they need it; your mental health and performance is vital to your education. So how do you keep on top of it then? Here are 4 great tips to help better your time management.

Eliminate your time wasters

From roommates to TV, distractions can make it hard to focus on anything. Learn to trim the excess distractions out of your life, and you will find your time more productive.

Prioritize

You can’t do everything at once, even if your professors believe you can. Figure out the most important things to accomplish for that day, or even for that hour, and focus only on that.

Learn to say “No”

Don’t take on anything you can’t handle. Figure out how much you are capable of doing and politely turn down the rest. Don’t overload yourself when you are already tight on time.

Have a cut off

Allow yourself to cut things off. Everything needs to end at some point or you will be eating into time needed for other tasks. It also helps to take a break from the current project and come back to it later. A fresh mind will have a new perspective and be better prepared to finish.

With these great tips, you can gain back a little more control and relieve some of that stress. If you still feel like your time is slipping away from you or the stress seems to have taken up a permanent residence in your life, there is still hope.

Telehealth

Telemental health is a great opportunity for students, whether they are on campus or online, home or abroad. Telehealth, defined by the HRSA, is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical healthcare, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include video conferencing, the Internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications. Telemedicine is a convenient way to get connected with counselors who will help you get back on track.

Don’t let the pressures of school get to you. Protect your health and your grades by mastering time management skills that will put you back on top. College was made to be difficult, but counselors are there to help you find the right tools to prepare you to tackle even the hardest semesters. Just remember—although you have to face tough challenges, you don’t have to do it alone.

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