There was a time in college when I was literally at a very low point. I lost all sense of passion for studying and thought what’s the essence of it all? Why study, get a job, and make money, when we leave everything behind someday?
Now, whether this qualifies as the clinical definition of depression or just me having a bad time, I cannot say. What I do know is, it was a pretty challenging period psychologically and it reflected in my result.
I had perhaps my worst college result that semester.
Studying in this state of mind is often difficult or near impossible. There are times, you just stare into the texts without understanding what they say.
The good news is you don’t have to experience the same result I had. You can learn from my mistake. You can come out of that episode stronger, better, and with a much better result to boot.
Here are some suggestions I can share on how to motivate yourself to study or even continue with school when you’re depressed.
- Talk to a friend
You’re very lucky if you have that friend who roots for you in your corner. This person can be a family member or colleague but ensure to let them know what’s going on, how you feel, and how you need their support.
A problem shared makes it easier to solve. You don’t have to bear the burden alone.
- Pray about it.
I understand if you’re not religious, but if you are, why haven’t you prayed about it? There’s a calmness when you cast all your burdens in prayer and lean on the strength of the divine.
Hard to fully explain this without going spiritual. But I hope you get the point.
- Join a community
It can be a sports team, religious body, or debate club. Maybe your mind just needs a little stretch in something else other than schoolwork. Some extra-curricular activity if you’d call it that.
Joining a community opens you to new friendships that can be helpful on your journey to getting into your study groove.
- Consider taking a gap year
Speak to the school counselor and see if you can take a gap year. There are many things you can do during this gap year (like travel to other countries, or volunteer, for instance).
Explore if this is an option but ensure you’re in good hands. During this time, you can explore other interests and gain a new perspective on life.
- Seek professional help
Where the case continues to linger, please seek professional help. Go for therapy, see a doctor, and be open about your situation. Get the best help possible and do your best to determine that you’re coming out of this stronger.
Clinical depression is a very serious issue and requires the best help. A professional diagnosis and treatment plan can make all the difference in your academic success.
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. With the right support and resources, you can overcome the challenges of depression and achieve your academic goals. Remember to take things one step at a time and be kind to yourself along the way.
I remember sharing my struggles with a friend and taking some much-needed time off at the end of the semester to recalibrate. I returned the next semester to a better me and had an improved result. So it’s not impossible to emerge out of this episode as a champ. I’m rooting for you.
Sending you love and light and wish to remind you, that there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel.
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