Focus. Relax. Ahhh.

Hi, everyone! I hope you are all well and having a wonderful Wednesday. Today I’d like to address a topic that hits home for me: Stress.

As we begin the school year, things are fresh and new. Your pencils are sharpened, you have glorious, new, preppy binders that you slaved over for days. Your notebook paper snaps into the three rings, and you’re ready to go. Simple, right? *Laughs nervously* Not so much.

You see, we have this specific plan for how everything is going to go this year. “I’ll start my homework with Geometry, then Biology, then American Lit…” it all seems to go smoothly until we hit a bump. “And I’ll read my Bible at… Oops.” Bump. Suddenly we become weighed down with the sheer madness and chaos of things we “have to do” (and don’t get me wrong, some of them we really do need to get done,) and Jesus gets lost in the mix. Oh, girls, I am so, so guilty of this! High school is tough. 😦 But no matter how hard I try to go without reading His Word, I just keep coming back.

 It’s like cool water after a marathon, or a warm bath after playing in the falling snow.

 It’s like a long walk to stretch your legs, or simply taking a much-needed nap.

It may mean getting up earlier, or not going to *every* school event. Sometimes, even serving at church can get us off track in God’s Word. But it’s worth it. Oh, goodness, it’s worth it, ladies. In the comfort of the presence of the One who made it all, we can focus. We can relax. And we can finally take a breath of fresh air. Ahhh. It’s always what we need.

Psalm 46:10 NIV: “Be still and know that I am God…”

On that note, I’d like to share some tips for staying focused and relaxed while dealing with a huge workload.

1. Phones off!

This might be the hardest, but it’s crucial to studying most effectively. So switch those devices off, stuff them in a drawer, or even give it to your parents. Just make sure you can find them later! Your grades will thank you.

2. Music on or off, depending on how you learn.

If you feel like you can trust yourself with your phone, create a study playlist of your favorite music. I love classical, and sometimes even pop. If you need quiet, retreat to a special place where you can work easily.

3. Find a Happy Place!

Create an effective study space. Use throw pillows, blankets, twinkle lights, or whatever fun crafts that float your boat and get you inspired to learn. (If you do this, send me a picture in the comments. I’d love to see how you get creative!)

4. Alternate between subjects.

Start with a harder subject, then give yourself a break by switching to an easier one afterwards.

5. Set Timers

Use an app or clock to set timers for your work. For example, you could spend 45 minutes on Biology. If you can’t finish it in that time frame, come back to it later. Trust me, this one is a lifesaver!

6. Plan!

Make a list of everything you have to do for homework that day. This will help you visualize what you have to do and hopefully reduce the stress. (Tried and tested by me, I can confirm that it works!)

7. Take a Break!

When you finish an assignment, take a 5-15 minute break and text a friend, read a chapter of a book, or even talk to your parents. They’d most likely love to chat with you, too!

8. Pray, relax, and give it to Jesus.

This one pretty much says it all. 

1 Peter 5:7 NIV: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

So relax. Breathe. Give your worries to Him who paid it all.


Huge thanks, hugs, and kisses to my sweet friend Katie Lewis for creating my lovely logo! Please check out her blog that is chock full of great writing advice, and show her some love in the comments.

http://www.360degreeswriting.wordpress.com

As always, if you have questions, comment and I’ll try to answer to the best of my ability.

Until next time,

Annie

P.S. I may or may not have a special guest next post! 😉

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3 thoughts on “Focus. Relax. Ahhh.

  1. you’re too awesome, annie. too. awesome.
    stress is pretty depressing. let’s punch it in the face with God’s word!! (huzzah!)

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    1. Aw, thanks Katie!!! Huzzah, lets go kick stress outta here!!

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