An introvert’s guide to college.

College is stressful enough. There is never enough money to pay for the things you need on the course, let alone food, and there is never enough time to do everything you need to meet your needs. Life is swamped by work and, generally, the teachers give you too much to do in the time you have.

Many college students struggle with finding time to sleep, eat healthily, and even interact with their families, whom they might not have seen in a year. Throw in a global pandemic, and you have the perfect storm of stress and needs deprivation in the younger generation.

Here are some ways to help you cope with that.

Tackling sleep deprivation

Insomnia is at an all-time high in the younger generation. A lot of the older generations blame that on their phones, when usually it is teachers not giving the kids enough time to actually do the work they are given to do outside of schooling hours.

All students are alike in this: they stay up too late working because teachers and the school board put a lot of pressure on them and making sure it is done right keeps them up at night. The emphasis put on good grades, the need to have extra funds, the need to socialise and learn how to develop interpersonal skills can all pile on top of a student, leading to a very stressful way of life.

The best thing you can do to fight this is to make sure when you are ready to go to sleep, you go to sleep straight away. One of the ways you can do this is through CBD oil. To find out more about how this might help you, check out:

Lack of consent

Another thing that is rife in many areas of college life is the lack of consent. Among many, the idea that pressuring someone, especially if they are shy or introverted, to do something they do not really want to do is seen as a challenge. This is not respectful of people’s boundaries.

It is OK to say ‘no’ if you are feeling drained and you have got too much work to do.

In college, you need to prioritize yourself; if people are threatening you to do something you are not comfortable with and try to guilt-trip you into it, or (even worse) threaten your relationship, you need to remove yourself from the situation and seek help. If they are threatening your relationship because they are not respecting your boundaries or needs, this is a form of abuse and you need to end this relationship – friendship or otherwise.

Find time for yourself

Lastly if you find a spare five minutes in the day, let yourself relax. Listen to your favorite music, reward yourself for your hard work with some candy, go for a leg stretch, and separate yourself from your work to keep your mental health well organized.

It can be difficult to find time to do this, but it is worth the effort. Try fitting it in around your other commitments – go for a walk while working out that essay, revise in the park to be out in the sunshine. Try to find the time to work on yourself and get in touch with your own feelings.