Do you have a long list of things to do before the end of the semester? With all of the last minute projects, papers, and presentations, it is easy to get stressed out. Here are 7 tips to reduce your end of semester stress.
1. Don’t stress about being stressed.
This is the most important tip! Don’t beat yourself up about being stressed. It is important to recognize that this is normal. All you have to do is figure out the most effective coping mechanisms. Focusing on your stress will only make it seem worse.
2. Get sleep.
While it may be difficult to have a set sleep schedule in college, it is imperative that you make it a point to get as much sleep as possible. Getting more sleep will help your mind and body recharge, refocus, and re-balance. Pick a night each week to go to bed early. Take a nap in between classes. This will help you feel more energized and ready to tackle the rest of your school assignments!
3. Eat food.
Because of our sleeping habits, our eating habits are often poor. We are always on-the-go, looking to have a meal that is quick and easily accessible. With all of the late night study sessions, we tend to get hungry late at night. Be more aware of what (and when) you are eating. Go for the healthier and balanced food options: fruits and veggies, whole grains, and protein. These foods will fuel your body and give you longer lasting energy.
4. Get exercise.
Exercising can be a great way to reduce stress. At minimum, try to do a 30-minute workout each day. You can rock out to your favorite music while on an elliptical at the gym. Another option would be to walk to your favorite restaurant for dinner. Look for ways to add exercise in to your daily routine! You will feel so much better!
5. Have quiet time.
When was the last time you had alone time in college? We are constantly surrounded by people, whether it be in our dorm room, house, gym, dining courts, restaurants, classes, etc. Finding some peace and quiet every once in a while could get you back on track and reduce your stress.
6. Have some fun.
It is important to have study breaks to give your brain time to rest. During these study breaks, get your friends together and have some fun. By being together, you may help each other reduce the stress you are feeling from school.
7. Keep trying.
Lastly, if there comes a time when you feel like you simply have too many school assignments to do, you must keep trying. Make yourself a schedule to plan when you will complete all assignments, exercise, eat, and sleep. While this may seem a little excessive, it will make you feel like you have a better handle on your life!
The day will come when you are completely finished with everything. We’re so close to the end of the semester! KEEP GOING!! Don’t let anyone stop you from trying your best.