Quote from seneca-BSN-student
Ugh! I just cannot study for my upcoming Chemistry exams. My husband and I are splitting up (he's a worthless loser & cheater anyway) and my step-father was just diagnosed with lung cancer. I obviously don't want to fail my exams, but I've been extremely upset lately. My mind is just completely gone. How in the world can I get my act together here?
Sorry to hear things are so stressful right now. I know how you feel. I'm struggling to pass my algebra exam, and my mom just called and told me that my dad's doctors told them to contact hospice. He's dying of liver cancer, and it's pretty advanced
AND someone stole my math book too!
First, I highly recommend having a good cry or two. Make sure you are eating as healthfully as you can (yeah, I know, who feels like eating, but you really need the energy to get you through this). Take a look at what you have to study, figure out how many days you have, and divide it into study units that fit. Make sure you figure breaks into that-if you study too long without a break, everything starts leaking out your ears.
Let the housework and cooking go. We are eating what ever around here (lots of sandwiches). The laundry is stacked up all over the house, and the dishes aren't done. But it's only for the next week for me. I'm saying NO to any outside requests right now, including a relative who wanted to have his family (himself, wife, and two very small children) stay the night here, the night before my exam, so they could save on hotel expenses.
Try not to waste emotional energy fighting with your husband, if you are still in the same house. Go to the library to study if you have to, or stay in your room. You have enough to think about. There will be time to think about the pending divorce after you get your exams out of the way.
If you are religious, pray! Tell God all about how you are feeling.Ask Him to help you with your load.
Try to come up with a positive thought you can bring up when it all starts getting overwhelming. For me, I've made it a goal to pass this test in honor of my dad. I'm not trying for a super high grade, like I usually do. I'm just making it my goal to pass.I think he will love to hear me call and tell him that I passed for him
If you feel yourself really tensing up, or start feeling like you're just not going to make it, BREATHE! This sounds kinda silly, but put down your book, get into a comfy position, and just concentrate on taking air as far into your lungs and letting it smoothly back out for awhile.