As midterm time rolls around once again stress can be a common concern for College of Business students. The constant battle of studying balanced between work and play can lead to a few conflicts, to say the least. Follow these 5 tips and you will have the tools you need to destress and survive midterms.
Relaxing can be hard to do when you keep thinking of all that you need to accomplish in the next week, or even the next 24 hours, but avoiding rest for too long can easily lead to burnout. It’s a fact that you are more productive when your mind has a chance to rest and recharge, so let it! Alternate between studying and relaxing for a few minutes in order to give yourself a break.
Set a schedule for the week and stick to it. Nothing will put your mind at ease more than having a plan. Writing down where you have to be and when or even just having a to-do list offers the piece of mind of knowing what you need to accomplish.
3.) Goal setting
Goal setting is the best way to keep track of the progress you are making, and to pace yourself. Set a goal for when you want to accomplish something and have smaller incremental goals to help you reach it. For example, if you have a midterm paper due set dates for each section to be done and a final goal for the paper to be finished. Spacing out your studying will ensure you stay on top of your goals leaving no room for stress.
Exercise is one of the best ways to combat stress. The rush of endorphins that accompanies a good workout will give you the extra boost you need to fight off any lingering stressors. Anytime you need a break from the books in order to refocus hit the gym and you’ll find you have new energy and a lot less stress.
Though it may seem easy to sacrifice sleep in order to get more done, don’t! It’s important to get as close to 8 hours as possible in order to stay your best and fight off burnout. Get in your 8 hours and both your body and your mind will thank you on test day.
With these 5 tips, you'll be armed to fight off stress and ready to survive midterms. Good Luck!
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