5 Tips for Coping With Classes, Your Job and the Holidays

Get tips for dealing with family, work and holiday responsibilities as an adult student.

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Feeling overwhelmed this holiday season? If you’re an adult student who’s already juggling work and school responsibilities, the prospect of adding the holidays into the mix may seem daunting. Use these five tips to help you cope with classes, your job and the holidays during this busy time of year.

1. Stick to a Budget

Create a realistic budget and stick to it. When the holidays come around, we often overlook the fact that money can become an unnecessary factor in the amount of stress we feel. Take away this additional burden by setting limits on gift spending, holiday decorations and other items. That way you won’t end up stressed over paying your tuition or buying food for your holiday dinner.

2. Prioritize Your Responsibilities

One of the hardest things about the holidays is the busy schedule and the seemingly endless events that you’re invited to attend. It’s critical that you prioritize your responsibilities during this time of the year. Don’t put off assignments at work or at school — get things done as soon as possible so you can make yourself available to friends and family for fun holiday events.

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3. Learn to Say “No”

In addition to prioritizing, it’s important to know your limits when it comes to holiday obligations. Don’t agree to make cookies for your child’s holiday celebration at school if you know you have a test the next day you need to study for. Tell your employer that you’d like to wait on starting that new project until after the New Year. It’s okay to say “no” when your plate is already full.

When the holidays come around, we often overlook the fact that money can become an unnecessary factor in the amount of stress we feel.

4. Make a Schedule

Planning out your time in advance will ensure that you get everything done this holiday season. Set aside blocks of time for each activity you need to get done — writing papers, wrapping presents, attending a family get-together or even just getting regular housework done. Use that schedule as motivation to get things done efficiently. Remember that the more things you check off your list of things to do, the less stressed you’ll be.

5. Take Care of Yourself

The most important thing to remember during the holidays – no matter how stressful they may be – is that you need to take care of yourself first. Giving yourself some much-needed time to relax, even if it’s just 20 minutes for a bath or a walk, will give you so much more energy and motivation for all the other obligations during this time of year.

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Quick Tips

  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed, organize your office or desk space to reduce stress. It can make things seem much less hectic in just 10 or 15 minutes.
  • Reduce the amount of travel in your holiday plans if possible — it will help relieve the stress you feel about being crunched for time and money.
  • When making your schedule, don’t forget to schedule in the occasional break to give yourself some time to relax.

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