This is my 4th semester in grad school. Next semester, Fall 2017, should be my last, and I will be a proud recipient of a MBA concentration finance. I take online classes, two classes per semester and I work full-time (Ouf!). That leaves me with little-to-no social life, an eating disorder, stress level off the charts, and a ‘happy’ problem (by happy I mean 3 or 4 ciders a week).
I sit at work for long hours. I decide to go to the gym. I pay for a gym membership that I never use. I went to the gym once this year. I do not like moving. I eat a 3 courses meal for lunch. I complain a lot. I drink 3 to 4 ciders per week (the calories add up). I decide to eat healthy. I buy fruits and vegetables. I eat them. I do not buy more. I look up healthy recipes. I never cook using them. I stopped eating ice cream at home. I stress eat churros. I stress eat tempura ice cream. I eat late at night while doing homework. I stay up late doing homework. I sleep less than 6 hours per night. I have no social life. I text everyone instead of calling. I make plans to hang out. I meet up with friends. Most times I cancel plans with friends. I feel bad about my social life. I go on Facebook and Instagram and feel worse about myself. I stress out that everyone in my class is more intelligent than me. I work twice harder to catch up to them. I stay up even later to study. I get tips to lower stress for friends and classmates. I use tips and it lowers my stress during the day. During the evening, my stress level skyrockets because I think that I missed important deadlines. I stress cry. I complain. I start seeing a therapist. I think about quitting therapy. I no longer enjoy my work.
That is how I cope with grad school and work full time. Any tips?