It is officially midterm season, which means that students are knee-deep in homework, essays, study guides and projects. As a sophomore, I know the struggles of trying to complete all of my assignments on time, while also balancing work and extracurricular activities. By the end of the week, I am exhausted and it seems like I have no time for myself. Stress can trigger a variety of health issues, which is why it is important to take some time out of your hectic days to get some of that much-needed R&R. Here are a few tips that will (hopefully) help you manage your everyday stress.
1. Make a Planner
I know, I know this seems generic, but planners are what save me every semester. They are a simple and inexpensive way to keep your schedules organized and your time managed. They are sold at almost every store, including Target and Walmart, and come in a variety of layout options. Personally, I prefer to write things down, however, if you don't feel like buying a planner you can always use the calendar app that you have on your phone.
Art is scientifically linked to alleviating stress, as well as depression and anxiety. Even if you are not an artistic person, any sort of creative expression is said to have a major impact on lowering stress levels, regardless of skill level. Art is also correlated to positivity and relaxation, which can help with overall wellness.
3. Make Lists
One of my favorite stress-relieving tactics I like to do is make a list of everything I need to accomplish in the upcoming week and check things off as I complete them. Not only does it keep me organized, but checking off each task encourages me to keep going and gives me motivation to get through the week. Once the week is done, seeing the completed list will make you feel a sense of satisfaction and pride towards your hard work.
4. Take a Walk
As a student, most of your time is either spent in a classroom, your dorm room, or the library. Taking a walk around our beautiful campus or even around Wayne and exposing yourself to some fresh air will allow you to take a break from all that schoolwork. Not to mention, walking is a fun, easy way to get some exercise.
5. Get Involved
Getting involved is a very important part of the college experience. Cabrini offers a wide variety of clubs and extracurricular activities. You're sure to find something you're interested in. From student government, to the school newspaper, joining a club will provide you with a change of environment, as well as an opportunity to make new friends. Clubs are also great outlets to take a break from schoolwork, become a part of the Cabrini community, and they look amazing on resumes.
6. Do Something You Love
Whether its listening to music, watching Netflix, or hanging out with your friends, remember to take a break from all that studying and do something that makes you happy. While getting an education is important, it is just as important to take care of yourself.
I hope these tips were helpful and gave you some ideas to make your semesters at Cabrini a little less stressful. Whether you follow my advice or come up with your own methods, always remember that college is often stressful, but it is also supposed to be a positive environment. Good luck with the rest of the semester!