The one with how to stop your brain exploding from studying too much

The end of semester is approaching. DUN DUN DUN…

This has several ramifications for me as a student. It causes me to wake up bolt upright at around 7am every morning (not super early I know, but as a waitress I usually go to bed at 1am ish) and my first thought of the day is about psychotherapy ethics or personality change throughout the lifespan or other fun stuff like that. It means that my grumpiness levels are increased by approximately 87%. And it means that I stare at my computer for most of the hours of the day while trying to focus my wandering mind on essays that sometimes seem like they will never come together in a way that makes sense. It also means awesome stuff like getting to study in bed if I want and learning more about my fave subject ever (apart from yoga and running of course) and getting closer every single day to my dreams of finishing my MA in psychotherapy.

Some things that I truly believe are stopping my brain from exploding from trying to put ย too much info into not a very large space ๐Ÿ˜‰ =

My plan of attack. This crumpled piece of paper isย basically my life raft. I only look at the essay I am supposed to be working on, and try not to get too far ahead of myself by freaking out about the end of semester when I have three things due on the same date. I also set my own due dates for getting each essay done a week in advance because I am most definitely not a last minute person when it comes to assignments. Stress snacking while looking at future assignments is highly recommended.


Making my bed every morning as soon as I wake up. I know this is a little random but I seriously cannot do anything unless the bed is made. I’m pretty sure doing this is directly correlated to how much work I get done.


Running or yoga or both every day. I think it is easy when we get busy to push that sort of stuff to the side, which is ironic because I really believe it helps my productivity sooo much. I am a big fan of just a short run or a short yoga practice when I am busy, because I feel less stressed and more able to concentrate afterwards, but I don’t feel guilty for spending too much time on something non-study related. I love interval runs when I feel like I need a good stress-busting sweat, or an intuitive yoga practice with really calming music like the below video:


Watching the odd motivational video. This is something I picked up from Curtis, when we were both studying last semester he would forward motivational videos to me and we would both feel re-inspired. I love this video because it talks about how we shouldn’t expect to be great at something in the beginning. This is so helpful for me becauseย sometimes I feel like I have SO MUCH to learn about therapy, but I need to remind myself that it is a journey and I will get there with time and effort.


Using my minion bookmarks that my bestie made. They are beyond adorable and reading the motivational quotes on them definitelyย gives me a little burst of energy. Whether it is minions, quotes, cute stationary, or a pep talk in the mirror, I think it is important to give yourself the tools to power through.


Getting some fresh air every day and lots of healthy brain food makes such a difference for me. As a student it can be easy to spend a huge amount of time indoors, but getting outside and “drinking the wild air” (that is what my t-shirt says but you can’t see it in this pic) really wakes me up and refreshes me. Salmon – healthy fats for brain enlargement- and salad are awesome brain fuel.


Reaching out for support. My bestie puts up with too many selfies of me procrastinating during moments when I feel especially overwhelmed, but she always gives a great pep talk and reminds me that I CAN do it (and that I will soon be having a sweet holiday with her ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

This photo was supposed to depict how enlarged my brain was getting, showcased by my bulging eyeballs (ew that sounds really gross, I am sorry). Why I am posting this for the world to see, I really don’t know.ย image

And at the end of a long day of work and study, going down to the harbourfront for deep talks and French pastries is really the best.


Finally, getting a good nights sleep is SO important. And if I don’t get a sleep, I take a nana nap later on if I can (student life is awesome like that ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I always know if I am not getting enough sleep because I start sleep talking to my bestie (we are sharing a room and a bed, #studentlifestyle + #Sydneyisexpensive). Last night apparently I woke up, sat up on my knees, woke her up and really freaked her out, and then lay down and went back to sleep. She is so lucky.


How do you motivate yourself to work hard at boring stuff?ย 

Do you make your bed every day? – When I was sleeping in my tent for three months during my yoga course I got super slack on the “bed” making, but in my normal life it makes a big difference for me.

Are you a procrastinator? Or an everything-in-advance person? – I am most definitely the latter, in my first few years of uni I pulled some crazy all-nighters and all I can say is NEVER AGAIN.



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12 Responses to The one with how to stop your brain exploding from studying too much

  1. I always feel a lot more productive if my bed is made, but unfortunately I don’t do it everyday. But when I do, I KNOW it’s gonna be a good day ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. horsegaitid says:

    Bored stuff : work.. Lol
    Almost give up at that time.. But i keep whispering to my self, a lot of people out there looking for a job, jobless, and you have no idea how many people would love to have what you got.. Change the way you think, be grateful.. (Yogi everyday haha)

    I make my bed every morning ๐Ÿ™‚

    Definitely procrastinator.. today will go to chemist ๐Ÿ˜ช after 5days burn on my left elbow.. Hahaha


    • Sounds like you had a good time after school hun! ๐Ÿ˜‰ That is such a great perspective! Work can be tiring but we are so lucky to have jobs ๐Ÿ™‚ Get that burn looked at dede ku!!!! Seriously, it will scar. You need a burn bandage and some sort of burn ointment, ask at the pharmacy. Otherwise during yoga you will just look at the burn the whole time and wish you listened to cici mu ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Love this post! The end of my semester is approaching and AHHH I’m going crazy. I need to stop reading blog posts and get to work ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Jessica @ VEGGIE RUNNING MOMMA says:

    I stop my brain from exploding by not studying.. haha. jkk. kind of.
    But you are so smart girl.!! Sounds like you’ve really got it figured out ๐Ÿ™‚ and so true about the exercise thing.! everyone always asks me how I have time for so much, but really, it’s running that keeps me sane and helps me get through everything.
    I never make my bed. hehe. My husband does. I’m spoiled and he does all the cleaning also.


  5. Lily Lau says:

    I’ve been there too, and aggg… seems like studying will never end! I remember my plans of attack, how they looked so good but would rarely work! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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