spleenworship wrote:So, for all those with stress, trouble sleeping, etc.:
Going to counseling and getting on antidepressants and anxiolytics has made my life immeasurably better. My family is happier too. Even if it did throw away my last chance at serving in the military, it was so fucking worth it. I can't even express how much better it is to wake up not feeling hopeless, or to go to bed not nauseated with fear of the future.
Good to hear. I know those are tough choices.
As for the sleep/stress issue, I'd also throw out:
1) Exercise: the earlier in the day, the better.
2) Regular sleep habits: regular bed time, don't sleep in too much on the weekends, etc.
3) Disconnecting 30-60 minutes before bed: no phone/computer/etc. especially while you're in bed.
4) Get an early start and check something off of your to-do list every day. For me, this really
helps with those "brain won't shut up" nights. I'm way less worried about what else I need to get done if I've had a productive day. It's tough to focus when you're stressed, but if you let the stress build it becomes an ugly cycle.
To those still in school, keep grinding but realize that you may not make a lot of progress until bar results come out. Anecdotally, I found 3L spring/bar summer to be dead zones of hiring, but there was a surge right after bar results. Sucks, I know, but hang tough.