How to Balance a Job and College Classes Without Losing Your Mind

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Holding down a job, keeping up with classes, studying for exams, writing papers, meeting deadlines, and finding time for sleep… Can all these actually be done without absolutely losing your mind?

If approached properly, they actually can. Hundreds of thousands of college students take on this lifestyle every year.

Here are the rules you’ll want to follow if you are going to attempt this juggling act:

Too Tightly Scheduled

The first rule of a multifaceted schedule such as this is to keep some breathing room in between. A class from 7am – 9am backed by work starting at 9:30 am may look fine on paper, but you’re setting yourself up for disaster.

When you find yourself running from one scheduled event to the next with just 20 or 30 minutes in between, it’s just a matter of time before your plans and your sense of well being begin to unravel.

What’s the answer here? Come to terms with the fact that you aren’t superman (or superwoman). Be sure to allow at least an hour or more of free time in between class and work. Remember, you will have to eat and travel from point A to point B. You may not always feel your best.

You may need to talk to a professor after class. By making allowances and leaving a buffer for yourself, you’re actually guarding against that overwhelmed feeling you can get caught up in when you are always rushed and anxious.

The Unhurried Mind

Along with the external factors, such as making time allowances, not working late or excessively long hours, and allowing for breathing room, did you know that you can also add some internal factors to help you balance your job and college classes?

It’s true! The simple practice of meditation leads to increased inner strength, self-awareness, a sense of calm, and spiritual growth. This is nothing new. In fact, meditation has been practiced for centuries.

Recently, a study published by Harvard Medical School scientists has determined that meditation can actually alter the structure of our brains, increasing the brain’s density in regions associated with attention, the ability to process emotions and enjoy a sense of well-being.

In today’s hurried society it may seem impossible to carve out time for meditation and reflection, but there’s more good news. You don’t have to become a yoga teacher or spend hours each day sitting in silence.

The positive effects were shown in adults who allowed just 20-30 minutes per day, 6 days per week.

Taking Care of Your Body

Okay, this may sound completely boring, but it’s so true that it can’t be left out. The more hectic your schedule, the more important it is to eat healthy and get at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night.

College is generally synonymous with late nights, caffeine as a permanent fuel supply, and eating what you can when you can. Even in the midst of that, make conscious and healthy choices, — fruit instead of something sugary, water instead of soda, yogurt instead of a candy bar.

Small choices every day add up to big boosts in sustained energy and increased health later. You’re not going to be able to juggle a tight schedule if you’re always dragging yourself around and feeling run down. Food, sleep and plenty of fluids will fuel this hectic yet exciting part of your life!

What do you do to help juggle your schedule? How do you use meditation? What are your favorite power foods? How do you keep your schedule straight?

We’d love to hear from you.

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