You can’t sleep or you have trouble waking up in the morning.
- Start a bed time routine, which will hopefully give your brain the hint that sleep should be on the way.
- Go to bed at the right time every night, not too late but not too early either. You should feel tired but not too tired.
- Put some lavender oil on your pillow, or in a pre-bed bath.
- Find a short meditation or yoga session on youtube.
You’re always tired, no matter how much sleep you’ve had.
- Everything in number 1 above
- Get more exercise, this will make you the good kind of tired instead of the lethargic kind.
- Make sure you’re eating a healthy diet, as good food gives you energy and bad makes you sluggish.
You Feel Anxious or on the verge of a meltdown..
- Take a five minute break every hour or so and go to a quiet place where you can breathe in and out. Otherwise, go outside and breathe some fresh air.
- Cut down on caffeine or alcohol
- Move, stretch, walk or even better, get some exercise.
You are stressed out
- Take extra time to complete tasks or to switch between tasks.
- Make a to-do list, and then put tasks in order of priority or urgency
- Make sure that your life has an equal spread of work or study and relax or fun times.
You have no appetite, or are eating too much..
- Eat when you’re hungry, and eat until you’re full, don’t eat to reward or to punish yourself.
- If you don’t feel like eating, just have small snacks throughout the day and try to have one good meal.
- Eat foods which have high nutritional value, as they will fill you for longer.
- Limit caffeine or nicotine which suppresses your appetite.
You struggle to focus.
- Break large tasks and study periods into smaller ones with regular breaks and smaller goals.
- Make a plan, and write it down.
- Only take on what is possible for you to achieve on a given day, and remember that some days will be better than others.
You feel less motivated
- Put your self-care first, you can’t focus on the future when today is a struggle.
- Think about who you want to be in the world, and chose tasks that contribute to reaching those goals.
You’re keeping to yourself more than usual.
- Don’t feel bad about taking time for yourself if its what you need, but try not to get stuck in a rut either.
- If you don’t feel like going out to see friends, maybe video chat or call them to check in.
- Be honest with your friends about how you’re feeling and ask them to bear with you.
You’re super moody/ emotional
- Make an appointment with your doctor, and chat to them about the changes you’ve been experiencing.
- Confide in someone you trust, preferably and adult who will understand and support you.
- Make an appointment with a therapist, or look up free services or support groups in your area.