Spring is almost here, meaning it’s also midterm seasons at many colleges. Before you can enjoy your spring break, you first have to recall all of the information you’ve learned so far this semester, which is a stress-inducing task for many. To help remain stress-free this midterm season, follow these four tips.
Go outside and take a walk
When you’ve been staring at the same material for hours, your brain stops being able to absorb information. Get up from your desk every few hours and go outside to get some fresh air. Take a walk around the quad and stretch out your legs. Taking a quick walk will get your blood pumping and will help you to feel refreshed once you return to your studying.
Being organized will help you to avoid a lot of stress. Write down all of the papers and assignments you have to complete and their due date, as well as when your exams are. Having everything written out will help you to plan out your study schedule and ensure you’re not letting anything slip through the cracks. Set specific times when you plan to work on assignments and times reserved for studying. Also, schedule in regular breaks for yourself. It may seem silly, but scheduling your breaks will help you remember to take them.
Exercising is an excellent way to both release stress and do something beneficial for your body. While going to the gym after a long day of classes and studying may seem like the last thing you want to do, you’ll be glad you did. Find a type of exercise you like and incorporate it into your schedule. Whether that’s running, swimming or Zumba, you’ll be more motivated to workout when you’re having fun doing so. Exercise also helps you to feel energized, so you may feel more ready to study after leaving the gym.
Make time for friends
With so many assignments on your plate, you may feel as though you have no time to do anything else. However, even with your busy schedule, you should make time to connect with friends. Being around the people you care about will rejuvenate you and help you to take your mind off of your work. Even if it’s just spending 20 minutes venting over coffee, time with friends will help to relieve some of the pressure you’re feeling. You can also arrange library study sessions with your friends so you can all support each other in your work.