Sometimes, the orientations I’ve attended (in person and online) and other articles I’ve read on grad school really do nothing more than instill self-doubt on my ability to handle it.
This TED Talk about harnessing the benefits of stress talked me off the metaphorical ledge.
Still, I’ve been proactive and contacted a former graduate student who went through a similar program in the department. Essentially, she told me to start taking care of myself NOW and get in a routine. I’m goring to try to start that on Monday – when I start using my new planning system.
Thanks to my commitment to well-being through Wellbutrin and my buddy Buspar, I’m doing okay managing dysthymia and anxiety. However, stress exacerbates the anxiety. I tend to forget things, have disrupted sleep patterns, my mind goes into overdrive, and I vacillate between mute and motormouth. I REALLY don’t want that to happen.
So, I made an appointment at the university’s counseling center for an intake appointment BEFORE the semester begins. That way if I do get in a crisis, I can get help faster. I may never need it, but since I’m in my over prepared mode, let’s count it as good idea and one less thing I may need to stress about.