Post # 1
Hi All. . .
This is just a bit of a vent.
I’m in my second semester of grad school, taking 4 classes and working on my research. I am so overwhelmed and SO BURNED OUT!! I didn’t have a spring break– that was taken up by a course that traveled during break– and I have too much work! I changed concentrations this semester, then switched thesis ideas halfway through the semester, and I have NO motivation to get my homework done! I am so sick of it. I’m getting by– I do assignments on time (finally caught up with the stuff I was behind on because of the trip for one course) but haven’t had the wherewithal to do enough of the other homework. . . and I desperately want to work on my thesis proposal, but everything else eats my time, and then I get discouraged and frustrated and procrastinate because I get so anxious and stressed that I can’t accomplish anything! And I just want to be done and have a break!
I am so tired of the neverending stream of assignments– get one weeks’ homework done and it’s time to start on the next, and now final projects and exams are rolling in, and oh my god, I can’t stand it. I want to do well but I’m so tired and frustrated and sick of the grind that I’m not able to work as much as I want to on things. AGH! HELP! Any advice for better concentration and stress relief? (I already exercise, as much as time allows, and do fun things like paint my nails . . . need some more solutions. . .)
Thanks for listening!
Post # 3
@Creiddylad: Study buddys, some that are smart and reliable. Change of environment. Lists. I love lists and outlines. I also like to reward myself every couple of hours with a break-about 15 minutes long.
Also this is a bad suggestion but I did it when I stopped taking adderall. If your crashing because you are staying up too late (like I often do) and your caffiene tolerance is too high. I tried green tea extract, caffiene pills, or any thermogenic.
Post # 4
Haha I could have written this post. Take one day a week as your ” fuck it” day. Do something fun, get pampered, do something other than school work. Hide your computer and books. Trust me, it makes getting shit done so much eaiser and your not so ” Rawrgagsjhsuafuckhshejeksj!!!!!!
Post # 5
OMG YESSS!!!! honestly I usually give up for about three or four days, first I cry, then hibernate like a bear and eat like a pig and watch tv and movies and lounge, not much really just chill, and then I panic and go into overdrive and do everything I had to do lol
Post # 6
It’ll be so nice when its over! Just take it one assignment at a time. DH and I were working full time, 2 grad classes a semester, so a 3 hour class after work twice a week, wedding planning and house hunting… When it was all over I barely knew what to do with myself!
Post # 7
@Creiddylad: this was me a week ago but I JUST handed in my last assignment yesterday. It feels sooo good! Keep it up you’re almost there 🙂
Post # 8
Yes! I was really hammering away, and in the middle of the semester, I was actually ahead in all my work. Now I’m struggling to turn in assignments on time, because they just keep coming, one after another! It’s like all the classes save the workload to give at the same time. I cannot WAIT for this semester to be over (just 3 more weeks). But then I only get a week break before the summer semester 🙁
One thing that I was surprised that helps is exercise. It’s a great stress-reliever and helps clear my head, so that I can focus better on my work.
Post # 9
Yep!!! I went into about a weeklong hibernation, like one of the other PP’s, and didn’t do anything! I mean I did the small assignments that were due during the week… but no thesis work, no final project work, no studying for exams… And I felt so guilty about it afterwards, that these last two weeks I’ve been in complete overdriveand it feels good to be getting things accomplished! Keep up the hard work!!
Post # 10
@Creiddylad: Wow, I am literally in exactly the same situation… second semester of grad school, changed my thesis topic this semester, lacking motivation. I try to reward myself with little things between assignments (like time on weddingbee, watching trashy TV, ordering in something yummy to eat), and I vent A LOT with my classmates over drinks. It doesn’t seem completely unproductive because we’re discussing course material (most of the time), but it’s in a much more relaxed setting. We usually go out once every other week or so. It really helps me decompress from all the work that I do, and definitely helps my DH feel some relief, as he can only listen to so much.
I also motivate myself by thinking about how great it will be out of school and in the real world, hopefully working a great job that makes use of my degrees (and starts taking care of my debt).
@minipenguin: +1. Tuesday night is my panic night for my classes on Wednesdays. It’s awful.
Post # 11
@Creiddylad: I am with you, I am SO over school! I am like you, never getting breaks.. it seems like there is always another class to take. Ugh ugh ugh!
Post # 12
I’m so with you!! I should practice what I preach, but just think, school isn’t forever! Just think about how itll be when you graduate!
I try to take some time to deflate, just do things completly unrelated to my classes. I try not to take too much time off though, or the work will pile up, and I’d be more stressed after my break than I was before.
Post # 13
I’m barely going to be finishing my undergrad soon, but I understand how you feel to some degree. You are in grad school for a reason and at least you are getting things done. I don’t know how easy it would be at this point, but do you think you can have a spa day or something? You sound really stressed and that’s not ideal when going through your masters program.
Things will get better, and although it doesn’t seem like it now…it will end! 🙂 Keep chugging along, bee. If it weren’t worth it to you, you wouldn’t be there. Good luck to you
Post # 14
I know exactly how you feel. I spend all my time doing assignments and all my money buying art supplies, I’m tired, cranky and have no time to spend by myself or with friends. I’ve never been so stressed in my life but it will be so worth it I’m September ill be working doing something I love and it makes me proud to know I’m working so hard to achieve my dream 🙂 you can do it!!
Post # 15
@harperlynn: I really like your ideas! Thanks! Though I have a very low caffeine tolerance, and it makes my anxiety a lot worse, so I try to stay away from it as much as I can. . . 🙂
@imalittlebirdie: LOL at that long compound swear!!!! That is exactly how it feels! I do actually take a day where I don’t do homework, but somehow that feels so nice that I end of taking another one . . . which is where the stress and not enough time comes in. I’m going to try VERY hard this week to only have 1 school-less day!
@everyheart: Yep, exactly, every word. I need to exercise more anyway because I just weighed myself for the first time in months and I gained several pounds, and I wasn’t thin to begin with. . . and I’d prefer to be in much better shape. 😛
@kendra389: Oh my, I can try. . . I think the end of the semester is close enough now that I’ll be forced to hurry up and do it all, blech!
@Excited To Bee:
@Little knitter: Thanks everyone!! At least we’re all in this together. I’ll be doing grad school stuff for not quite 2 more years– my thesis involves field work that can only take place in summer, and I’m doing an internship this summer, soo. . . ah well, I’ll get through it.
Post # 16
I’m undergrad but I’m pretty burned out at this point too. In fact I’m reading random posts on the bee to avoid studying for the 5 midterms I have next week. How did I end up with 5 of 7 classes having midterms during the same week? I have no idea but I’ll get to the right stress level, freak out, and finally study. Just wanted to say I empathize.