10 ways I stay sane during busy times

April 8, 2016 in College

Hi guys and happy Friday! We made it through another week- woop woop!

This week was super busy and I didn’t get to do as much blogging as I would have liked, but with two big exams, I didn’t have the time!

And with exams comes stress, so I thought I’d touch on that topic today.


College and school is tough man, everyone knows that. Some late nights, a whole lot of coffee, and tons of time in the lib. But it IS worth it!

I had an abnormal psych exam yesterday, but quite honestly I loved learning about the content. It all interests me so much, so I really don’t mind studying for it. I feel like that is a HUGE difference between high school and college and it is one of the reasons I love college so much more!

Anyways, I’m going to give you guys some of the tips I use to say sane during stressful and crazy times. Let’s get started!

  1. Make a schedule and list of things to do! I do this to help me remember what I have to do. Making a schedule of when to do these things helps me with time management too. I use a planner for this! imgres-2.jpg
  2. Find the place that is best for you to study. For me, this is the library or coffee shops. I focus best in these areas and find them the most relaxing. I don’t like studying in my room and don’t do my work as well there.
  3. Use your reminders on your phone. I’ll set reminders of the club meetings I have, office hours for a professor, times when I have to volunteer etc. etc. so I won’t forget everything I have to do!
  4. When I study, I love having something to sip on. Whether that is coffee, tea, or iced water; it helps me focus more.
  5. Don’t forget snacks too! I’ll put some snacks in my bag for throughout the day. I typically don’t go back to my room during the day, so I’ll keep snacks in my bag for when I’m hungry. larabar.jpg
  6. When it’s a long day- whether that is a long day of studying, classes, or just a long day in general, never be shy to grab that second or third coffee. Because sometimes we just need it, and there is no shame in that. 🙂 5266aea2754779ed081130cb1df8f679.jpg
  7. Recognize that you can’t do it all. This is hard for me sometimes. During weeks where I have exams, I have to remind myself I can’t be saying yes to everything someone asks me. Whether that is to help someone with homework, to hangout or watch a movie, or to go to an event on campus. It’s okay to say no sometimes!
  8. Put yourself first. During long weeks, sometimes I’ll eat by myself in the library to be more productive. It’s okay to not always be eating with someone! Learn to be independent, learn to do what’s best for you. What’s best for me during a busy week is to have my meals at the library while looking over notes or studying rather than being in a loud dining hall with friends.
  9. Remember though- take breaks!! Do go out to lunch here and there even if you feel bombarded with work. See your friends! Go for a walk with friends or go grab a coffee and catch up with someone. Take a break and go to the gym. Do some yoga or some stretching. Your mental health should ALWAYS come first. imgres.jpg
  10. Find a study buddy! After reviewing material by myself, I like to study with some people in my class to make sure we know everything or to quiz each other. It makes the studying process less painful at times and it personally helps me when I talk about the material out loud.

That’s it for this Friday! Hope these were helpful to you all.

Now tell me

Where do you study the best? 

Would you consider yourself a planner? 

One highlight from your week? 

Have a great Friday guys!

Sending my love as always.



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  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It April 8, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Love these tips Lyss!! I’m definitely a planner, but it helps a LOT. The highlight of my week was last night when I went out for authentic Mexican food for my friend’s 21st birthday. Can you say fish tacos?! OMG SO GOOD! Have a wonderful Friday lovely! <3

    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2016 at 5:14 am

      Thank you babe!! Aw that sounds like a ton of fun.. And fish tacos?! YAS! Love you girly!

  • Reply Taylor April 8, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    I am definitely a planner. It keeps my life a lot less stressful when I have the time to plan out my day/week. I totally agree with you on your point about recognizing that you can’t do it all. I think it is so important to say no when you need to and not take on more than you can handle. I used to have a hard time saying no and would frequently overcommit to things, but now I realize the importance of doing things 100% rather than taking on too much and not being able to give my all.

  • Reply jacika April 8, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Now a days i passed very busy day. I can not get a single moment of free time. So this article is very help full for me so thanks for sharing

    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2016 at 5:13 am

      Thank you for reading and stopping by!

  • Reply Kate April 8, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Great tips! It is really hard to say “no”, especially to the fun stuff. School is hard, especially right now towards the end. Hopefully your summer will be full of relaxation and friend time. 😀

    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2016 at 5:13 am

      I am so excited for a relaxing summer! Only a month left which is definitely bittersweet

  • Reply Lynne April 8, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Fantastic post ! Great tips ! Exam time is always a stressful time, but with these tips , it definitely should help. Hope you have a happy weekend 🙂

  • Reply Megan April 8, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I’m feeling stressed to the max right now so this couldn’t be more perfect. Especially putting my health first and remembering that I don’t have to say yes to everything.

  • Reply sarah April 8, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Awesome tips! It also helps me to keep a running to-do list and set a schedule for myself. And sipping on coffee, tea or water is a critical component of my study sessions 😉

  • Reply Kristy @ Southern In Law April 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    These are such great tips – especially remembering to take a break! Whenever I’m getting stuck into something I tend to do exactly that – get stuck – so taking breaks are so important to refresh your mind and ensure you’re thinking clearly!

    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2016 at 5:12 am

      Thank you so much kristy! Breaks really do refresh your mind- we all need them!

  • Reply Eilish April 8, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    These are really great tips, especially since my exam week is in just a few days. Thanks, girl!

    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2016 at 5:12 am

      Thank you eilish! Good luck on your exam!

  • Reply Ellie April 9, 2016 at 1:44 am

    I don’t know if I plan too much but I definitely have a routine that works for me. I used to move places to study. Like one hour here, another hour there, change the environment and get a fresh seat. The highlight of my day was seeing my coworkers, they make me smile 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2016 at 5:11 am

      Aw that’s so awesome you are close with your co workers and they can make you smile hehe 🙂 hope you are doing well!

  • Reply Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me April 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    If I don’t write everything down, I get SO stressed I’m potentially forgetting something. That once simple task makes my day ten thousand times more efficient.

    • Reply Alyssa April 10, 2016 at 5:11 am

      Same here, I gotta do that or I’m just ten times more stressed!

  • Reply Melanie April 10, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Great tips Alyssa! I can’t believe the semester is over in just a few weeks. We are in the home stretch! Making a schedule definitely helps me stay organized and I love having coffee or tea to sip while I work too! And taking breaks is so important for long study sessions. I work so much better when I take a few minutes with friends to just relax. The highlight my week was yoga yesterday. It was the perfect way to unwind after a busy week!

    • Reply Alyssa April 12, 2016 at 1:19 am

      So crazy we are almost done! That’s awesome you got to go to yoga too. I feel like it can always make my mood 10x better!

  • Reply Edye April 10, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I’m a total planner. I love having my whole day planned out so I know what lies ahead of me. I totally agree that snacking is so important! I cannot study or work on an empty stomach.

    Edye // Gracefulcoffee

    • Reply Alyssa April 12, 2016 at 1:18 am

      I feel like I’m a planner too! I like knowing what comes next. And so true- impossible to work on an empty stomach! xoxo

  • Reply Cayanne Marcus @healthyezsweet April 11, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Awesome tips cutie! Sipping on water strangely focuses me too, but like it has to be through a straw. Don’t ask me why hahaha

    • Reply Alyssa April 12, 2016 at 1:18 am

      OMG I agree with the straw… it is so much better!!

  • Reply Liv @ Healthy Liv April 12, 2016 at 1:25 am

    I feel like I could’ve written this post! From sipping drinks while studying to snacking on Larabars to having to leave my room to really focus…these are all of the things I do! I’ve stopped using my planner this semester but I make a daily to-do list and keep track of my big assignments on my Google Calendar. If I didn’t…I have no clue how I’d keep track of everything!

    • Reply Alyssa April 12, 2016 at 1:32 am

      W are so similar girly! Larabars are seriously such awesome study snacks. And same- if I didn’t keep my assignments in a planner I know I would forget them all!

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