“Mind out for that car!”. I warn Jay who is stood in the middle of the road snapping photos of me before I head to my internship. We’re both fresh out of bed and carefully balancing our Starbucks cups with a Canon camera. I wish I had more time to take blog photos but this will have to do for now. It’s 8.30am on a Tuesday morning and I’m off to work at Galvan, where I’ve been interning for a couple of months.
When I get to work I try to be full of energy because it helps me (and others) get through the day easier. Plus, I’m hoping that every internship will offer me a reference and maybe even a job after I graduate. But keeping positive and having great mental health when you’re busy is hard. Much harder than I thought.
I started my Masters in September. I also started my internship (which I love) and my job as a Wellbeing Peer for UAL. Ironically, my job for UAL is to take care of other people’s Wellbeing, even when mine is all over the place. All of this coupled with a social life, a YouTube channel and a blog means that things can get a little out of hand. It’s always incredibly annoying when people older than me say they envy my ‘student life’ and equating ‘student’ with lazy. My day’s start at 8am and typically don’t finish until 10pm! Lazy, my ass.
I’ve always loved being busy and hated being still. Jay told me last week that I can lie still for approximately half an hour before I start buzzing with energy and have to get up to do something. I love being like that and wouldn’t like it if I didn’t have the energy to do the things I do. But constantly whittling down your extensive to-do list can be difficult.
So, how do you stay balanced, organised and refreshed when you’re busier than you’ve ever been?
How to Stay Sane When You’re Busy
I think what has kept me sane on my busiest days is knowing that I have a group of people around me to motivate me and who understand the things I’m going through. My boyfriend and one of my best friends Yasmin have been so supportive . If I’ve had to cancel plans because I’m too exhausted, stay a couple of extra days home for a rest or simply been grumpy because I lost a couple of hours sleep they’ve been understanding. It always helps to have people around you who have the best intentions for you.
Some of my other friends have ignored my texts if I’ve apologised because I couldn’t make some party in two weeks. Or they haven’t had the heart to congratulate me when fantastic opportunities have rolled around. If they aren’t supportive don’t feel bad. You shouldn’t have to feel guilty for being busy especially if you’re at such a pivotal time in your life.
You get in what you put out and I feel like your twenties is about taking each and every opportunity that comes at you.
Keeping organised is an obvious habit to get into, not just in adult life but in high school too. Being well organised will mean you don’t miss deadlines, get caught out with a test or miss a meeting. I have a weekly planner from kikki.k that keeps me up to date. I prefer the weekly view because I can see my whole week at a time. I’ve also gotten used to creating reminders on my iPhone for small tasks I need to do, like sending emails. I’d also highly recommend syncing your email to your calendar as it will automatically create ‘events’ in your phone for things like classes or meetings that are emailed to you.
I’ve discovered this weekend that taking time out is absolutely essential when you’re busy. I didn’t realise how being busy had had such a huge impact on my mental wellbeing until I visited home in Manchester. Within an hour of walking through my front door I felt instantly more relaxed and positive. Getting out of London from time to time and into a relaxing atmosphere will make a huge difference. I’m definitely a city girl and I thrive on that frantic rushing around but being in it 24/7 is draining. Have some alone time, turn your phone off, have a weekend away, go stay in a log cabin somewhere. Your mental health will thank you.
My last piece of advice is to make time for the things you enjoy but don’t have to do. I often feel guilty when I blog, YouTube or take photos over doing something I feel obligated to do. But having time to do the things you enjoy is your right. You may only have an hour or so to do it but make sure you do. You shouldn’t have to let your passions suffer.
So, it turns out you can do a Masters, run a website, have a job and an internship simultaneously. I’m learning as I go but I think I’m doing pretty well so far. More than that I’m absolutely loving my life and feeling confident work-wise in a way I never have before. But I do need to remind myself every once in a while to get away from the city.
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