11 Struggles Every Lazy Perfectionist Endures

11 Struggles Every Lazy Perfectionist Endures

Being lazy is hard. So is being a perfectionist. Put them together, and you’re in for a lifetime of internal conflict.

Some people are just lazy. They don’t worry too much, and prefer to just lay back and take the world as it comes. Some people are perfectionists. They need every little detail to be perfect, performed in a certain way that allows for little to no error. These two characteristics seem like polar opposites — and they are. It seems impossible that someone could be both lazy and a perfectionist. Yet these lazy perfectionists walk among us every day in a perpetual state of conflict, constantly being torn between the urge to do nothing and the compulsion to do everything. I am one of these people. If you are, too, chances are you have these thoughts on a daily basis.

1. You’re never sure if you should fulfill your adult responsibilities, or just sit back watch Netflix.

This is the classic struggle of a lazy perfectionist — you can’t decide if you should cross some things off your growing to-do list, or give yourself a Netflix break. The lazy side of you will probably win, but you’ll find it hard to relax, as you’ll be mentally obsessing over everything you’re putting off.

2. You’re fantastic at cramming for exams.

As a lazy person, you usually put off studying for as long as you can. Once the exam gets closer and the perfectionist side of you takes over, however, the panic sets in. You’ll spend every spare minute you have cramming as much information into your brain as possible. It’s a good thing you got all that sleep while you were busy being lazy, because you’re sure not getting any now.

3. You can go from sleeping 12 hours a night to pulling an all-nighter in the same week.

Whether you’ve been putting off writing a term paper, studying for an important exam, or you just have a lot of things that need to get done, you’ve become a master at manipulating your sleep schedule. You could sleep for an entire day if you let yourself, but once you let that perfectionism take over, you could stay up all night making sure everything you’ve been putting off gets done.

4. Having every intention of putting effort into your appearance, but hitting the snooze button one too many times…

So you end up un-showered, with haphazard eyeliner and head-to-toe athleisure wear.

5. You know exactly how to formulate the perfect excuses.

Your laziness can get you into some sticky situations, but luckily your experience with perfectionism has taught you how to get out of a tough spot. And even when you can’t get out of the hole you dug for yourself, you’re pretty good at making up for it eventually.

6. You love making to-do lists, but your motivation escapes you halfway through making it.

This results in half-finished to-do lists, frequently ending in a jumble of letters that is indicative of you pounding on your keyboard.

7. You have napping down to a science.

Naps are your best friend. You take them when you’re just lazy, or you take them when you need a quick energy boost to finish all that stuff you’ve been procrastinating. Either way, you’ve got the game down pat. You can take a nap that lasts several hours or several minutes, depending on the circumstance.

8. Your mental process is basically just a giant tug-of-war between wanting to do absolutely nothing, and absolutely everything.

It’s exhausting, really.

9. You find personality quizzes unnecessarily difficult.

Your personality is BOTH Type A and Type B — it just depends on the day. You can never answer those questions that ask you how motivated you are or how strongly you pay attention to detail, because you’re all over the spectrum.

10. Your class notes alternate between being excessively detailed and barely intelligible.

You end up either REALLY knowing what’s going on, or really hoping you have a friend who can fill you in.

11. You have zero motivation and absurdly high standards. At the same time.

You don’t even know how you do it.

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Why Self-Care Has Made Me A Happier Person

I decided to focus on myself, and it’s been great.

At the beginning of last semester, I was a wreck. I took up too many things, was overly stressed and I felt like I had no free time for my friends or myself. Towards the end of the semester, I was even worse. Finals stacked their weight on my shoulders, and I felt like I was trapped in a constant loop of work and nothing else.

At the beginning of 2018, I reached my breaking point. I felt like nothing was going right for me, and I could no longer handle the stress. I mentally could no longer keep going. I would shut myself off from my friends and the people that cared about me, deleting all my social media apps and never replying to people.

I had a huge breakdown, and I’m not afraid to admit it.

During that mental break, I realized that doing all the things that I was doing was not worth the mental strain.

After what happened, I decided to begin to put myself first. All last semester, and the beginning of this semester, I focused on other people’s needs and happiness, and never my own. I was hiding behind the lie that if I made other people happy, maybe I would be happy too.

I decided to focus on myself, and it’s been great. I dropped half of the things that were on my plate, and I finally feel like I can breathe again. I finally feel that I have time for myself, time to sit down and read or write if I really wanted to.

I know it may sound like a small thing, but I’m making sure I take a shower and wash my face everyday, a step that I never had time for last semester.

I’ve been pushing myself to go to the gym more and more frequently, in order to feel physically and mentally better.

I have begun to spend more time on my dancing, something that has been a part of my life since I can remember, and one of my few passions. It truly makes me happy, and I’m glad I can put more time towards it.

My experience with mental health has never been a great one. I have always felt like I needed to put others over myself. I am glad to say now that I can finally focus on myself, and become a happier person because of it.

If you’re struggling with things like stress, I suggest that you take a step back from your busy life and take a look at the person in the mirror. That person’s mental health is not worth sacrificing for some club or some frat or sorority. You deserve to be happy. Please take time to rest, and relax. It’ll be worth it in the long run.

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9 Self-Care Tips For College Students

Put Yourself First!

As college students, we struggle with finding time for school, work, activities, and ourselves. We become too busy that we forget about ourselves in the process. Therefore self-care should be important to college students, we need to put our needs first. I personally struggle with self-care. I put always school first, even if that means staying up late or making up for work a group member couldn’t complete. But I have learned that self-care is important and that a time throughout the day should be scheduled to care for yourself. Here are some self-care tips:

1. Catch some Z’s

Sleep should be very important to college students. Sleeping allows our bodies to fully recharge and get ready for another day. So try your best to get at least 7 hours a day of sleep, you’ll wake up feeling better. Don’t forget to take naps, whenever they are needed.

2. Work Out

Working out makes our bodies feel better, more energized, and it reduces stress. It clears your mind and keeps you on your feet so you can think better throughout the day. I struggle to keep up with this self-care tip. But when I do get the chance, running helps me ease my mind and it motivates me to take care of myself more. I suggest you give it a try.

3. Get Lost in A Book

Personally, when I practice self-care I tend to reach out for a book. Reading a book that is not related to any school assignments, helps clear my mind and escape reality for a while. You can try reading before going to be, but if you are like me that gets carried away. Then I suggest reading on the way home or when you have a small break.

4. Laugh

For us to me emotionally well, we must have a good sense of humor. Laughter strengthens your immune system, increases energy, diminishes pain, and protects you from stressing. Shout out to my friends for making me laugh daily even in the most embarrassing situations.

5. Go for A Walk

Whenever you feel overwhelmed with school work, I suggest to get up and go get some fresh air. It will help sort out your thoughts and make you feel less stress. Enjoy the scenery while you’re at it!

6. Drink More Water

Water improves your skin, keeps you energized, and makes you more alert. Plus who doesn’t want to have clear and glowing skin? Remember our bodies need at least 8 cups of water per day.

7. Do Something Creative

Start journaling, get a coloring book, or paint a picture. Doing something creative releases stress, makes you feel less anxious, and happier. I knew I need to do something more creative to help me release stress, so I decided to take a photography class with my best friend and so far, it’s going great. So, give it a try!

8. Clean Your Room

You’re probably thinking, how is cleaning my room going to help my self-care? Personally, if my room is a mess then I am a mess too. I don’t feel energized or relaxed to do anything upon seeing my room a mess. I already know that if I don’t clean up, then I won’t have a productive day. Trust me there have been many of those. So, take some time to tidy your room and admire your clean space.

9. Keep Positive People in Your Life

Friends are the most important people in your life. If a friend brings positivity to your life, then that friendship is a solid bond. You should keep these people in your life, someone who will bring you up and no pull you down.

Many students based their daily routine around their academic schedule and workload. If you want to change that, make a list of all the things you do and enjoy that aren’t related to school. School is important, but others things in your life are important too. Remember you are a valuable person!

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