Has studying got you down? Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or unfocused? Well, the good thing is you are not alone in the struggle. Midterm week can leave many of us feeling anything but calm. Never fear, here are some tips to get through midterm week with flying colors.
- Make a Schedule—and stick to it! It is essential to unpack the complexity of your school, extracurricular, and work commitments during this time. Having a planner is one way of visually keeping track of tasks, prioritizing based on deadlines and examination times. This can help you stay on track and have more manageable goals so that you can accomplish everything you need to without cramming. Cramming is never a good idea—that’s when the anxiety starts to creep in. Also, studies show that when you cram, you almost certainly never retain the information long-term. Hence, planning and sticking to it, is the way to go!
- Eliminate Distractions— I know, I know it is hard to disconnect from our phones, tablets, and computers, but sometimes it is the only way to truly stay focused. Whether you need to hide your devices, go to a coffee shop, or temporarily deactivate social media accounts, you should do it. This way you can eliminate all forms of distraction when you are trying to stay focused on studying or finishing that paper. Trust me—you will get waaaay more accomplished.
- Sweat it Out—Exercise is a great way to work out your frustrations and anxieties, not to mention helps you stay fit and healthy. Whether cardio or yoga is more your thing, any form of movement will help during this period to alleviate the blues. Many universities have free access to their gym, but there are also many Youtube videos you can look up and try in the comfort of your own apartment.
- Eat & Rest Well—Although it may be tempting to hit up a fast food joint or grab for a red-bull, these are some of the worst things you can do to your body. Your immune system will weaken and the likelihood of illness is high. It is so important to boost your body’s health during this hectic period. Make sure to get in your veggies and fruits—and enough protein and fiber to stay strong and keep your energy up in a natural way. In addition, make sure to get the right amount of shut-eye. Doctors recommend 8 hours a night for college students. There is no point in depriving your body of sleep—it can lead to other problems.
- Reward Yourself—You deserve it! Make sure to have at least an hour a day where you can unwind and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
And that wraps it up, I hope these pointers help to beat stress during midterms week.