Finals week is here for my university (well, next week, but pretty much!) and it becomes a bit difficult to stay motivated and positive in times when tests don't go well, or if you find yourself extremely swamped with things to do. There are papers, presentations, meetings, and on top of that exams! Being a college student is not always the most fun, and whoever says these are the best moments of your life, either had a really easy major, or has completely forgotten about how bad it can get! - though some might argue that it's just that their current job sucks.
To stay motivated and positive, sometimes you can just look to Tumblr for advice. Sure, half of the time it is super cheesy and cliche, and don't even get me started on the lame romance quotes out there! But I have found some pretty nice ones I'd like to share!
It's really easy to wallow is self pity and self loathing. Sometimes, we allow ourselves to make excuses and to blame just about anything for our problems. We couldn't eat healthy? Well, we didn't have enough time! Or my life sucks because school is draining me! But with time, and the older I get, the more I have come to realize that that kind of behavior is taking the easy way out. We would rather blame our circumstances and allow it to go on, than to really change anything in our lives.
So here's what I personally learned to do: Give yourself 5 - 10 minutes of self loathing when something bad happens. Got a bad grade? Lost your job? Let yourself cry and hate yourself and damn the world for you suffering. I find that it helps to have a moment to cry and get it out of your system. But when the 10 minutes are over, right yourself and move on. Figure out a plan to improving your circumstances. If you failed this exam, figure out what you need to do to ace the next one. If you lost your job, instantly start updating your resume or LinkedIn account; start looking for a new job, that perhaps you are going to love even more!
Whatever you do, you need to realize that life and time will keep going, and you have to decide whether you get left behind or not.