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I can't focus on my school work...please help!

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I'll sum up my situation briefly:

Currently 24, attempting a full-time master's program in university.

My whole life I've been an A+ student, no problem, academics is where I excel.

Then for the past few years I've been dealing with various bouts of depression/eating disorder/anxiety/OCD.

I had to take a year off school during my undergrad on 2 occasions to get treatment, and things seemed to stabilize, and I am continuing to see therapists now.

My main issue at this very moment: my brain will NOT let me focus on my projects and getting my assignments done, it's so preoccupied with maintaining all my "rituals" and routines, which take up so much time and energy and I can't concentrate on getting the simplest of homework done. It's not a matter of comprehension, I KNOW how to be a student, I KNOW how to do essays and study, etc. But I'm having serious trouble prioritizing. EVERYTHING is screaming for my attention, all the minor things (planning what to wear tomorrow, what to eat for breakfast next Tuesday, what time to take a shower, etc, etc), and even though I desperately want to focus exclusively on my homework, nothing gives way, and I'm panicking, and freaking out over the same destructive pattern happening again, where I'm so engrossed in these stupid obsessions that I can't commit to my studies/work. And these are absolutely meaningless rituals, they don't have any logical explanation, I just have to repeat/do certain movements and actions until they "feel right", which is super vague but that's what it boils down to.

Experimenting with medication isn't really an option. I need immediate strategies to ease up the pressure at least a LITTLE for now, so I can get some homework done. Please, any suggestions are welcome. I try to repeat to myself over and over that it's no big deal to "skip" the routines, I try to talk to my family (with whom I live), but I just get irritated, and overwhelmed, and give up exasperated in a sobbing heap.

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Hi SapphireOwl :)

During this Summer I was really putting myself to a strict routine. I was constantly planning my day, when to shower, when to work out, what errands to run, what leisure activities to do and when etc. Eventually I got too worn out and gave up on it out of fatigue. I feel more relieved that I did.

If your brain won't let you focus it's probably telling you 'there's too much on your plate, slow down and take some stuff off.' Always listen to your body. It will let you know when you need to make adjustments in your life based on symptoms. You seem too stressed and trying to do too much. I think life's trying to get you to relllaaaaxxxx.

Start meditating daily. You need to slow down your mind and finding calmness and serenity. Doing the OM chanting will clear your mind and the vibrations will reset and relax your nerves. The Gyan Mudra also relaxes your mind and chills you out. 

Eating fruits and veggies will give your body tons of energy and help you stay focused and concentrated. Stay away from sugary processed foods. You may think that Red Bull is giving you energy but it's only sapping it further.

When all else fails, sit, smile and take deep breaths. 

Hope this helps, if you have any questions or just need to chat ever feel free to message me :thumbsup:

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