Stressed? Too many formulas on your mind? Maybe the study group never meets when you can, or you’re too stressed to even enjoy this fall weather.
It’s midterms week and between the thousands of us, we all know how busy this time can be. Whether you’re worried about grades, where to find scantrons or how long the Starbucks line is, it’s important to practice self-care.
Taking a moment, or a few moments for yourself can change your entire day. Maybe it’s skipping the Starbucks line and packing yourself coffee or tea in the morning.
Let’s be real though, going that extra mile in the mornings is tough. Going the extra mile, in general, is tough.
Here’s another truth, y’all… you’re worth the extra mile. Here are some tried and true ways to take a quick break.
A brief warning: these methods only work if you are open to taking care of yourself. If there are any similarities between writer and reader, then y’all may have a similar habit of doing so much studying that you dream about textbooks.
This sounds so cliché, but it does help (just like drinking water). Meditating is the simple practice of sitting with yourself and letting your thoughts flow freely. Acknowledging your worries, and accepting what is stressing you out is a huge step towards managing midterms week.
The wonderful thing about this practice is that it can last for however long you want, with as much structure and guidance you want. Maybe after studying with friends, doing yoga at one of the local studios or the Turner Center can help you stretch and meditate in a relaxing area.
If not, a tree in the Grove works just the same.
Y’all need some rest. Grades definitely hold importance, but nothing should replace your sleep schedule. No number of espresso shots can replicate the confidence reached after a night of really good rest.
Yes, I’m going to tell you about the dreaded night time advice. Try to get off your phone, make yourself some tea, and make your space as comfortable as possible. If you’re living in a dorm, maybe talk to a roommate about putting aside a designated quiet time before bed.
Put on your favorite pajamas, put on some chill music and turn off your phone at a reasonable time
3. Take time for you.
This seems like a given, but in our world of constant movement and interaction, it gets hard to think about our individual needs.
Sometimes, canceling dinner with friends or putting down your books for even an hour can be a mood booster. Not only that, but it may even help you approach your studies from a different frame of mind.
Put on that face mask you’ve been dying to try, or watch that new movie you’ve been dying to see. Even if it’s something as simple as taking a bath or journaling, it’s important to check in with yourself, and see what your needs are.
Midterms are tough, but healthy habits are tougher. Keep pushing, and get those A’s, y’all.