I am currently studying my A levels in college, and as I get closer to the end of the year and my 3 months of freedom, I also edge nearer to exam season. I’ve come to the conclusion that maintaining a healthy mental state is so important for me to be able to have motivation to do anything. Honestly, it’s been difficult over the last couple of weeks to keep up a good amount of motivation to study, work and do anything productive at all. So I’ve come up with a list of things that I think are important to do in order to clear your mind and stay sane. This can apply to anyone lacking in motivation or that at the moment has a ‘messy mind’.
Reduce any unnecessary stress
This for me, is the most important step as it makes the most difference to my mental state. If something is making you feel stressed or upset, get rid of it if you can. You’ll be much better off without the unneeded negativity dragging you down. However, if you can’t get rid of this something, then try to reduce the negativity surrounding it and hopefully you’ll feel better for it. I’ve recently taken the approach of if it makes me unhappy, I don’t need it, and I feel so much better for it.
Another thing that I decided is really good to keep you motivated is having a tidy work space. When the area around me is tidy, I can relax and feel comfortable in my environment, which enables me to be productive and get some work done. Granted, this might just be my OCD playing up, but I’ve heard of this being the case for other people. I have clear outs every couple of weeks, and sort through everything, getting rid of things that I don’t want or need. Also, in the case of college, I have a draw designated to college work that is segmented into different subjects in folders for each lesson. Everything being organised makes it all easily accessible and I don’t have to worry about sorting through piles upon piles of paper to find what I’m looking for. This is also great for revision, because everything is in its place.
Invest in a placebo
So for those of you who don’t know what a placebo is, it’s something that has no affect other than psychologically. Research on the placebo effect has focused on the relationship of mind and body. One of the most common theories is that the placebo effect is due to a person’s expectations. If a person expects a pill to do something, then it’s possible that the body’s own chemistry can cause effects similar to what a medication might have caused. For myself, I have a hematite pendant. hematite supposedly has healing/protective qualities, and I wear this around my neck religiously. I honestly feel more at ease when wearing it, and hate not wearing it because I’ve become so accustomed to it. So if you’re into that kind of stuff, then I totally recommend it.
That completes my list of tips and I hope that you find them at least slightly useful because I know I definitely do, and will continue to follow these steps.