I am a full time college student and I work at least four days a week, at least 15 hours and I just feel like I have no time to live my life anymore. Even with the hours I work, which is all I can handle, I can't afford the tangible things that make me happy, and I am in a long distance relationship so even the intangible is out of reach. How can I make myself happier..?
This situation sounds really stressful for you- I don’t think I would be able to handle it at all. I think you’re a very strong person for being able to do it!
I know that long distance relationships are hard. Anything I can think of to tell you- skype calls, sending letters, sexting- are things you have probably already thought of and won’t really help the distance thing. The best thing you can do is look forward to the future when you two can be together! Being optimistic about the future, as hard as it is, will honestly make the present so much easier. Give yourself something to look forward to.
As far as finances go, perhaps instead of buying little things that make you happy now, maybe save up whatever extra money you have for something really amazing in the future, such as a vacation or a tattoo. Being frugal with money is crucial these days- but it’s easier than you might think. Look for any coupons you can find in newspapers, magazines, online, or even in grocery stores. Also, if you buy your groceries at wal-mart, they will meet the sale price of any item as long as you being in the other store’s flyer. This can be especially helpful for incidentals. Also, talk to somebody who knows about taxes to see if you’re entitled to any refunds.
Balancing work, school, and a social life is probably one of the hardest things you can do. And while school and work are extremely important things, they are not the most important things. It is more than okay to take a day for yourself. Go on a long hike, meditate, read your favourite book again. Watch a marathon of a great show and get involved with the online fanbase.
Above all else, realize that you don’t have to be happy all the time.
I hope that things become easier for you soon.