Getting through a busy day at university


Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: School of Creative Industries
Course:BA (Hons) Media Studies
Category: Language, literature and media

14 October 2021

We’ve all had those days which feel absolutely jam-packed, or anticipate such a day arising the night before. At times like those, I swear just thinking about the busy time to come makes me feel tired. However, there are some things which we can do to make days like those a little easier.

1) Prepare your outfit and bag the night before

Instead of having to wake up to packing your bag and deciding what to wear, imagine waking up to having a packed bag with an outfit already laid out for you. Generally speaking, the more that you can do the night or day before an anticipated busy day, the better.

2) Do a bit of meal prepping

Your future self will thank you when you come home exhausted. You don’t have to be a Michelin star chef to be able to do this either. Wrap up some sandwiches, make a tub of pasta or have your vegetables stored in tubs peeled and ready to use in advance.

3) Bring snacks on-the-go

This follows on from the previous point. Why not bring some meal-prep pasta with you for lunch? Some other easy things to grab are fruits, cereal bars or less healthy choices such as crisps and chocolate bars. I’m not judging at all, everything is great in moderation and the fuel is necessary regardless of what form it takes on when you’re busy. Just make sure to take care of yourself and make time to eat something.

4) Take some time

Being on the go constantly isn’t good for you so, even if it’s just for ten minutes, taking time out for a breath and hydration is beneficial. Even on the busiest of days some you-time won’t go amiss.

5) Bring paracetamol with you

Being busy and having a headache can often fall hand-in-hand. Having some paracetamol with you as a precaution wouldn’t be a bad idea.

6) Get some rest

Sleep and I aren’t always the best of friends. I take herbal sleeping pills called Nytol if I have an early morning or a bad period in regards to rest. Especially after a long day the rest is needed, so if you struggle too it might be worth considering this as an option.

7) Reward yourself and acknowledge that you got through it

Whether you want to reward yourself with a sweet treat or by watching Netflix, acknowledging your hard work is important. You aren’t a hamster spinning on an unending wheel of work, you are an amazing individual who managed to get up and conquer your busy day.

Busy days can be tough but there are a lot of people who believe in you. You’ve got this!


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