My stress has been to another level, these past couple of weeks. I feel like there is so much to do, yet so little time. So of course my emotional wellness and mental wellness was going down the drain. But today I realized that it only takes something small to turn around how you’re feeling and thinking, and it can be as simple as a game of pool.
So the night started out, with me sitting in my room, looking at code, and just getting angrier by the minute. So I finally relented and called my friend Abby to see if she could help me out. She did, and afterward I was dreading going back to my room, and do more homework that would stress me out, but instead she said “Do you want to play Billiards?” I thought about saying no because I did have a lot of stuff to do, but instead I said “Sure”. This led to 5 games of pool and me learning about this game called League of Legends. I can not tell you how much better my outlook on these next two weeks has been. I came back to my room and because this was an academically wasted night, I made a list of what I have to do, and when to do them, and I just feel better emotionally overall.
I think that this whole experience relates to my emotional wellness. I was honestly feeling kind of depressed these past couple days, and I forgot that it doesn’t take much to change how I feel emotionally. Attitude is everything, so having a bad attitude makes work look that much worse, compared to if I had a good attitude, then I wouldn’t mind working through me homework thoroughly and being ready to do more the next morning. I know that when I’m feeling that stressed out and upset, that I need to take a step back, and do something that I genuinely enjoy, so that I can refocus, and get what I need to do done. I know its not good to feel down for days and then just try to push through it, because then the work isn’t as good and it emotionally doesn’t make me feel better, so it does way more harm than it does good. For next quarter I’m going to make it a habit of doing at least two stress relieving activities a week for an hour apiece. It will help me make a better use of my time, and it will help me focus and complete my work, and have a positive attitude about it.
Written by Summer Graham, WLLC 2015-2016