I think it's safe to say that I've never been more stressed out in my life. My to do list has definitely caught up with me and with finals here I just don't know how I'll get it all done. Trying to do all the things can lead to weeks like this when you don't think you'll be able to accomplish a single thing.
What I do when I'm stressed
- Find everyone annoying. I'm not a fan of small talk to begin with, but when I have stuff to do I really couldn't care less.
- Spend absurd amounts of time worrying about not getting everything done rather than try and get at least something done.
- Eat poorly.
- Get annoyed when people keep asking me if I have something done. I will let you know when I do, so just leave me alone to do it.
- Sleep less.
- Find myself wanting to work on other, more interesting and creative projects than research papers.
- Contemplate the point of graduate school in general.
- Stop all social interaction until there's an end in sight.
What I should do when I'm stressed
- Prioritize the work. Some things may not get done and I have to be ok with that. There are things I have to do, while other things I just like to do.
- Find time to relax. Nothing makes things worse than working myself to the bone. I have to set aside time for YouTube video watching or blog reading.
- Understand that I won't be stressed out forever. Eventually the due date for the paper will come (it's tomorrow) and the holidays will pass.
- Take a bath or do some yoga.
- Ask for help. Probably the most difficult thing for me to do, but whenever I do ask my friends are always more than willing to lend a helping hand.