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How Time Management Helps To Reduce Stress

One of the best benefits of time management is to relieve stress. Here's how to reduce stress by using effective time management skills.

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Being stressed to your limits on a daily basis is dangerous for your overall well-being. Yet, it is sometimes seen as commendable by some. It worries me when I see individuals create posts that say things like “My dreams are bigger than my sleep”. You can attain your dreams and sleep by using effective time management skills.

Let’s be honest: how many times have we heard fellow students or other colleagues argue about how much sleep they’re losing every night? Maybe you’re one of them. Often, the individual who does not appear to be shaking from excessive caffeine consumption and an overactive mind is viewed as lazy or not hardworking. How strange is that?

Glamorizing Stress

Said individual may be producing stellar results in all tasks. Yet, this assumption that they are not stressed enough may lead to believing that they cannot get the job done.

To me, this is known as glamorizing stress. Recently, I found myself at a point where I had to seriously wonder whether I was the only person observing this common occurrence because I haven’t heard anyone else speaking up about it. After scouring the internet for what seems like a decade, I was finally able to find a handful of passionate pieces relating to this phenomenon of stress being glamorized by our wider society. In one article that highlighted the experiences of the broke college student working towards academic goals, we are warned against viewing unyielding stress as an aspiration, as there may be dangerous personal repercussions.

When a collective of individuals views unhealthy habits regularly, it can become normalized. This then wordlessly encourages others to engage with the same. They may be told that “Nothing nuh wrong man. Dat me do and mi alright”.

What happens when lack of stress is seen as a sign of weakness? How about the thought that not being stressed is an indication that you will be unable to “handle” said stress as ‘well’ as others? This can lead to hesitation to seek out help when it is necessary. The cycle begins.

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Struggle And Hard Work

I am by no means insinuating that we shouldn’t be hard-working people that persevere beyond any individual or collective struggle. Hard work and perseverance are vehicles through which we achieve our dreams, and that’s a fact that presents itself repeatedly. I am not an advocate for complacency. Neither am I opposed to “pushing yourself” when necessary. That being said, the stress limit is real, and we need to all be mindful of it.

Most of us, myself included, were not born with a silver spoon in our mouths. The struggle is very much a characteristic of our lives and there is nothing wrong with working in spite of it. My sentiments, however, hinge on the thought:  since life is already hard, why make it any harder for ourselves? On purpose?

Don’t Sacrifice Your Mental Health

Don’t be afraid to appear weak. We don’t need to suffer in silence anymore. It’s not necessary to go through exam periods on little to no sleep, just to blank out and possibly fail our exams. We don’t need to be skipping multiple meals a day, especially when we can financially afford not to. There is always an easier way to find time in the day for everything you want to do, without sacrificing your mental and physical health in the progress.

Prioritizing is, essentially, measuring the importance of tasks among each other and focusing on the most important one first. We are taught to prioritize everything, except ourselves. Our happiness and our mental health are typically on the backburner. Yes, while I agree that “yuh nose haffi run”, taking care of yourself won’t make your struggle go away. What it can do though, is make you feel a whole lot better. I want to bring some attention to the fact that working smarter and not necessarily harder can get you what you need out of life. It can also protect your mental health in the same breath.

How To Relieve Stress By Using Effective Time Management

Time management may be defined as planning and executing a way to divide your time between specific tasks. It’s basically a schedule for your life. We often write to-do lists and have our work schedules down to a science but we most likely forget to insert other important things like ‘take a deep breath’,’ eat’ and ‘get adequate sleep’. You can do all of this. One of the most prolific quotes that I came across during my research is “ being busy isn’t the same as being effective”. I’m going to help you be more of the latter.

Five Ways To Improve Your Time Management Skills

Be a smart worker that practices self-care. Push yourself gently rather than stressing out. Don’t risk your physical and mental health. You can achieve anything you want without compromising your wellbeing. It’s time to prioritize your mental health and stop glamorizing stress.

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