If you’re not careful, a new semester filled with classes, projects and exams can start to feel like this:
Keep your sanity intact by following these four tips for a stress-free semester.
Use Your Planner.
There’s a reason that those fancy shmancy planners are in everyone’s carts at the start of a new school year — they’re essential if you want to meet all your deadlines and keep a level head this semester. Take time during the first week of classes to include every major exam, project and activity until December to avoid the stress of realizing something was due the night before the deadline.
The best way to start your morning? A good workout. Not only will it give you a boost of energy, but you’ll also get a healthy dose of stress-relieving hormones. If you don’t have time to exercise before an early morning class, try heading to the gym as soon as your classes are over so you’ll be ready to hit those textbooks with the best attitude.
Write it Down.
Can’t focus during classes or study sessions because you keep thinking about all the other things you have to do? Try bringing a notepad with you where you can quickly jot down any distracting thoughts so you won’t forget about them. Knowing that you made a note to address it later will help clear up your mind so you can focus on the task at hand.
Make Time for What You Love.
Just like you schedule study sessions and student organization meetings, your relaxation time should also be a priority. The best way to avoid burnout is to make sure you take time every week to do something that will relax and reenergize you. Include your favorite activities such as going for a bike ride, exploring a new coffee shop or yes, even watching Netflix, in your planner so you’ll have something each week to look forward to.
By Priscilla Aceves