Student Life

Counselling and Personal Development

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Getting balance in your life

At certain times during the academic year, it can feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. You’re also likely to feel more stressed than usual.

Here are a few activities to help you organise your time and prioritise what you need to do in order to restore some balance to your life.

  • Set some goals for yourself. These goals should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely).
  • Try and de-clutter your life. Make a list of things in your life (e.g. at work, at home, in relationships, etc) that drain you of energy. Look at the list and decide if some of the tasks can be delegated, if you want to continue doing things the same way or if it’s time for a change.
  • Then, make another list of those things that recharge your batteries, things that lift your spirit. Often, when we’re busy, it’s easy to forego those things that help us relax because we reason that we’re using up precious time that could be spent on more pressing matters. This can be a mistake as it saps us of the energy required to keep us going.     
  • Keep a journal and record how you feel each day. Notice what you do/think/feel when you are feeling great as compared to those times when you are not.

Taking it further

Contact the Counselling Service regarding the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

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