End of Semester Stress
I cried yesterday. I straight boohooed today. Runny nose, shortness of breath, quivering shoulders, yea the whole nine. My mind is tired. The pressure of school during finals is so great. One of the hardest things about being a #phdstudent is almost everything requires intense cognitive effort. I often feel captive to my mind. It’s close to impossible for me to escape my thoughts which makes self-care difficult because my mind is constantly going 100 mph and its hard to turn off, even during sleep.
I feel anxious and I won’t feel better until I get the work is done, but I am exhausted. I want to get published but I can’t write another word, I want to impress my professor but I can’t meet this deadline, I want to collaborate but I can’t carry the group, I want a nice wedding but I need to focus on school, I need some peace but….
We are instructed to rejoice in every circumstance of life, even the tough ones. To be honest it’s sooooo hard for me to lean into that when I’m faced with deadlines, decisions and work that has to be done, but He offers peace, which surpasses all understanding. I know God won’t write my paper, collect my data, or clean my house, but I was reminded today that He is with me through all of this! To get through this, I gotta first focus my mind on Him, so I’m gonna trust, rejoice, and thank Him in advance! This week if you feel overwhelmed, cry, shout, talk, sing, roll, run, whatever but also give thanks and claim the victory! Remember we can do ALL things! Guys we got this, we really do. Everyone make sure to take special care of yourselves these next few days.