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#151: How to deal with low moments during UPSC prep?
A comprehensive blog post
Pratiksha wrote this mail today noon (shared with permission)👇🏼
Her earlier mail in June was to seek help in dealing with low moment after #UPSC Pre result.
What did I tell her? Listing all 6 things in this blog post
1. Acknowledge your feelings
UPSC is a marathon. You will experience every human emotion (almost daily) throughout your prep journey
Don't suppress your emotions. Let them out.
• Write it
• Speak to trustworthy friends
• Set time table w/ fixed daily goals
2. It's okay to grieve
Sadly, the hustle culture 'teaches' you to be always upbeat.
Normally, grieving for a failure or broken hopes is acceptable.
If you are sad, allow yourself some time to grieve
3. Build a support system
One mistake I made in initial days was to make my entire day about #UPSC prep
Don't be me!
• Be in regular touch w/ family & learn about their days
• Participate in weekend activities to rejuvenate better
• Make friends away from UPSC circle
4. Take good care of yourself
This is a tough time. Uncertainty is at an all time high, especially after Prelims 2023.
• Eat clean
• Sleep for proper rest
• Exercise daily, even if it is for 20 mins
• Repurpose your direction of approach for #UPSC CSE
5. You can always start fresh
When you start feeling stuck in your #UPSC prep, take a break to start fresh
This is what I do: I'd visit some other city & not study for a weekend
Idea is simple: Create new traditions & try new things to come back stronger after the break
6. Revisit the past
#UPSC prep is humbling. It will make you feel like a loser more often than a winner. While your mindset decides your progress, positive reminders can always help. How?
• Re-read things you wrote
• Remember old good times
• Scroll down your IG/FB timeline
• Cherish happy memories with family & friends
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