Being in school can often feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Add mental problems (professionally diagnosed or not) to the pressures of academics, and you have the perfect recipe for mental breakdowns and at least a couple of existential crises in the span of a week.
You wake up, barely wanting to get out of bed, and you think, “Wow, I need to just not be a person for two seconds. I have bills, I have work, I have loans, there’s this test I haven’t studied for, how am I going to write this paper-”
Hold up. Take a moment. Breathe. While you’re struggling with these thoughts in your mind, you’re actually preventing yourself from being successful in all that you want to accomplish. When was the last time you had five minutes to yourself to focus on what you want to do rather than what you need to do? When was the last time you were satisfied with an end result of your hard work?
If you don’t take the time to stop, breathe, and take care of your mental state, it backfires and you crash. You panic, you procrastinate, and most importantly you put unnecessary pressure on yourself. The pressures are to be perfect, to be okay, and to complete every task the world has set out for you before you even think of this so-called “Self-care.”
“You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself.”
While I haven’t been able to find the original author of this quote, truer words have never been spoken. I’ve been where you are, and sometimes I find myself in that place as well. However, the best way to succeed in these areas of life rely on your mental health and stability of mind. Sounds easy right?
Okay, that last question was sarcasm. Self-care is hard. Maintaining mental health is hard. Both seem unattainable, especially in an academic setting where the focus is on marks, money, and competition. That’s what ND’s With Degrees is for.
I want to provide support for people who need help with, or simply want to discuss maintaining mental health in academia and the workplace. You don’t even have to be ND (neurodivergent) to benefit from it! Everyone is welcome to ask questions, get support, and find a community for navigating the world while taking care of yourself. You can learn more in the About Page, or subscribe to the email list for more details. We’ve got your back, and we’re here to support you!