Grab yourself a cup of coffee (or something stronger, if you’d prefer) and join me for a chat! (Which is going to be arranged as a numbered list because my brain is feeling a little mushy this week and that format seems to be all it can handle right now. Bear with me.)
I also have some fun/interesting/relevant links in here if you’re looking for something to read or to procrastinate with!
- Finals week is almost upon me. This is part of the reason for the mushification of my brain. If you’re also a student, you can relate. (Imagine me giving you a fist-bump/pat on the back/no attention at all because you feel like crap and want to be left alone.) I’m actually less stressed about final exams and projects themselves than I have been in past years. The stress of everyone around me certainly is not helping, though.
- This is my second-to-last finals week. Here is where more of my stress is coming from–my impending graduation and the looming black-hole that is my future. Stress makes me melodramatic, in case you hadn’t noticed. I can barely bother to think about final exams and papers and projects because they seem like just a drop in the bucket compared to my uncertain future. Enough of that though. I didn’t come here to wine. So, moving on from finals…
- I started a spreadsheet to budget and manage my (meager) funds! If you’re like me (and my stepdad) then you LOVE a good spreadsheet. Throw in some color-coding, and I’m in organizational heaven. With the aforementioned impending graduation, I decided that it’s time to get my shit together. Also inspiring me is the fabulous blog The Financial Diet.
- Unfortunately, #3 means that I’m cutting back on my grocery-spending. For the rest of this semester, at least. Which is only two weeks, but I already feel hungry and cranky and like I’ve resorted to eating crap (not literally!) because it’s plentiful and affordable on a campus during finals time. Jumbo-sized muffins, pancakes for dinner, lots of pasta–basically just an ongoing carb-fest in these parts. The pancakes were made with sprouted grain mix, honey, and coconut oil, so probably foodie enough to count as healthy, right?
- And while my eating has slipped, I am ironically reading In Defense of Food. Michael Pollan’s 2008 book (subtitled as “an eater’s manifesto”) has been on my to-read list for a while. Because everyone knows that finals week is the ideal time to start reading a fascinating book that you don’t want to put down. (More irony–this time, verbal.)
- As mentioned before, stress levels are HIGH. For the people around me, it’s finals. For me, it’s finals (10%), graduation/employment/existential distress (70%), and some unidentified, intangible something that just has me feeling down and cranky (20%). But, as I mentioned before, I’m not here to be a downer, so I have some links that I’ve been using to help myself chillax that I hope might be helpful to some of you!
- This white-noise generator. Whether for drowning out the noise around me so I can work in the library or nap in my roommate-filled apartment or drowning out my out head-noise (a.k.a. thoughts) when it gets to be too much, this is my go to.
- This Spotify playlist. Same as above, but when I can handle (or want) a little more distraction in my ears. I titled it “Fall Driving” because that is what I originally used it for, but it has since become my go-to playlist for when I need some slightly melancholy or angry, self-indulgent music.
- All of these. For comic relief and a feeling “ugh, yeah, I feel ya.” Also a nice anecdote to all of those lists that say to get lots of sleep and eat healthily.
- Pinterest. I’ve added lots of stuff to my “Ambition in the Kitchen” and “Destinations” lists when I click over to my Pinterest tab during study breaks. (More like when I click back to the Pinterest tab after a brief Pinterest break, if I’m being honest.)
- Buzzfeed. Always Buzzfeed.
- Jessica Jones on Netflix. Which sometimes gets a little too dark and stressful itself. So, to counteract that…
- Parks and Recreation on Netflix and Catastrophe on Amazon.
What do you want to chat about over coffee (or wine–preferably wine)? Any stress-relief suggestions for me? And please don’t tell me to eat well, sleep 8 hours, and drink a lot of water. I know. And I might.