It is easy to get caught up in the intense study schedule and end up losing yourself all because of the importance you place on your end of year results. What many often miss out in VCE is the fact that they need to keep healthy, not only on a physical, or intellectual basis but also on the emotional aspect.
In this article we will be discuss the importance of emotional health and key strategies to help you maintain emotional stability through a very important year of your education.
Why is emotional health important?
Very few people go in year 12 not being emotionally ready for what a taxing year it is. Many at some point will make and break relationships. I’m not only talking about boyfriends and girlfriends, we have relationships with our friends too! Ties will be severed, hearts will be broken, egos will be shattered.
Now before you feel miserable and go into the corner and cry, year 12 is also a year where many surprise themselves as well.
They exceed their own expectations and achieve results that they didn’t think they could before.
Keeping the emotional aspect of our health stable is key in allowing us to deal with all the drama that year 12 throws at us.
How do we maintain emotional stability?
Here are 3 key strategies you can use to ensure you reach a state of emotional calmness.
1. Talk to someone.
Talking to someone about how your day went, how you’ve felt, put it out in the open. What you had for lunch, a funny moment that made your day a little brighter. Or how exhaustive the SAC was.
Sharing your personal experiences is a way of reducing how much attachment you have to it and thus reducing the effects it has on you. For instance, you had a fight with a friend today. If you tell someone else you trust about it, you allow yourself to ‘vent’ and exhaust the heat from your emotions. Saving yourself a lot of worry and stress.
2. Keeping a diary
If you’re uncomfortable talking to people about things that are too personal, that’s completely fine. I do however suggest that you keep a diary because I’m sure we’ve all heard it before, keeping negative emotions bottled up inside you in no way helps anyone. It could potentially lead to depression, anxiety and terrible moods. Writing events that happened during your day and how you’ve felt, allows you to distance yourself from the problems in your daily life and once again reduces your worry and stress.
The only downside is you cannot get any valuable advice or constructive criticism from a page of writing. You may be able to suss out a lesson or two from it but it may not be so clear. Some people like to keep their diary on a laptop, I know my friend does but we both agree that it’s a whole different thing physically writing everything down.
3. Meditation/ Mindfulness
a. Aware of your surroundings
b. In touch with nature
c. Be at peace etc.
But in this day and age of new technology and innovation, meditation and state of calmness can be done on apps! (Yes, most of us are iphone/Samsung/laptop/Facebook/Instagram/tumblr addicts.)
Raise your hands. Yes, I am talking about you &... me.
Am I the only person that gets this weird zing of excitement &anticipation when I see a +1 red message notification?
Yup. I shamelessly admit this ridiculous affliction. Mind you, this happened totally and utterly unconsciously! However, let us look at the bright side of this! WE can utilize our slight addictions with our phones for something good!
During VCE, when I wanted a ‘study break’ I would go on Facebook, reply to messages or open up Snapchat, take some meaninglessly fun selfies. (Thank goodness the oh-so-amazing filter update only came after 2015.)
What I found was that after the ‘study break', I became so distracted from my work.
In essence my study break consisted of being consumed by a zombie-like passivity, scrolling through the infinite feed of Facebook and Instagram.
So, try to pull back on the
#studytime #ugh #ughhhhhhhhh.
Yes, us highschool & Uni kids are tired. But we don't need to always hashtag it.
It won't make you feel better.
I know, sleep deprivation, stress and high expectations make a lethal combo. Thus, we shall provide your brain and soul with something healthy.
I have used this brilliant little gizmo of an app called Stop, breathe and Think.
When you open the app it begins by asking “How are you feeling?”
You get to select from an expansive range of ‘feelings’ and descriptor words to exemplify how you feel right now!
There is a refreshing quality in the action of being able to describe how you feel on the inside.
Based on how you are feeling today, the app will curate specific meditations for you!! Usually the meditations are 6- 15 minutes long, so you can choose how long you wish to relax for.
Other websites that can put your heart in a state of calmness.
The soundtrack that greets your ears and tired brain is wonderfully serene and tranquil. (Sounds like the beginning of a superhero film where the good guys came to save the day. And who does not like that?)
Feel like Picasso, when symmetrical lines of colours and patterns created at the touch of your cursor.
Himal & Amanda