How to Overcome Mid-Semester Stress
- October 15, 2022
- Posted by: Blossom A.
- Category: Education
We’ve all been there: You’re in the middle of a semester and things are getting stressful. Your health is suffering because you’re skipping meals, and your grades are dwindling. Don’t worry! With a few tips from our friends at Mental Health America, you’ll be able to manage mid-semester stress much more easily.
Set goals for the day.
- Set goals for the day.
- Don’t try to do too much. You’re not going to be able to get everything done, so don’t beat yourself up if you can’t complete all of your tasks or assignments for the day. Instead of feeling guilty about it, take some time away from work and relax by doing something fun with friends or family members who live nearby—or even better yet: go out into nature! This will give your mind some time off from thinking about work-related issues so that when it comes back around tomorrow morning (if not sooner), there’s less chance of an emotional breakdown due to stress overload because now all those feelings have been released appropriately instead of building up until they explode at once like a nuclear bomb exploding in Chernobyl.”
Work on one thing at a time.
The key to overcoming mid-semester stress is to focus on one thing at a time. It’s easy to get distracted and let other things pull you away from your work, but this can lead to increased anxiety and stress levels. If something is distracting or frustrating you, try not to let it bother you so much that it distracts from your goals for the semester.
If possible, try not multitasking with multiple tasks at once—this will only make things more difficult! Instead of trying to do too many things at once (or thinking about everything as “ducks”), break down what needs doing into smaller chunks that can be completed more easily by focusing on them individually before moving onto the next thing on our list of items we need done during this time period.”
There are many ways to take a break from your computer.
- Go for a walk. Take the stairs and move around, rather than sitting in front of the screen all day. This can help you clear your mind and get some exercise while still working on something!
- Nap if you need to—or even better, nap outside! You might not be able to do this during the winter months, but it’s worth trying out when summer comes around again (and I’m sure there are plenty of places where people would love to see someone else sleeping outside).
Don’t put off the hard stuff.
Procrastination is a common problem for students and professors alike. For example, if you have a paper due next week but haven’t started working on it yet, then what are your chances of finishing it on time? Slim to none! So how do we make sure that procrastination doesn’t ruin our academic lives? One way is by setting aside time to focus on the hard stuff first—the thing that needs an immediate response or has been put off because of another project or task. If nothing else works, try this method: set aside two hours every night at 8pm (or whenever works best for your schedule). Then throw away everything else in life until 10pm rolls around again; at this point take out all distractions from social media accounts like Facebook and Instagram as well as other apps like Twitter etc., so that no one can distract you during those crucial two hours either!
Talk to your professors.
When you’re feeling stressed, it’s easy to think that your professors are the ones who are making things harder on you. Maybe they’re not—but if they are, then it’s important to talk with them about what’s going on in class and how best to handle it.
Professors want students to succeed! They don’t want them struggling through their work or not learning as much as possible because of stress from midterms. Professors often have more experience than students do with some subjects (like calculus) and will likely be able to help out with understanding concepts that confound you; even though this may feel like an imposition at first, remember that professors care about your education just as much as any other student does!
Get enough sleep.
You know how important it is to get enough sleep, right? Well, if you’re feeling like your mind is going haywire and you can’t sleep at night—or even during the day—you’re not alone. The National Sleep Foundation reports that more than 70% of adults have experienced insomnia at some point in their lives. And according to a study from Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital published in Archives of Internal Medicine (August 2016), chronic lack of sleep has been linked with higher risks for heart disease and diabetes among women over 40 years old.
So what are some ways you can boost your chances of getting enough shut-eye? First off: try taking naps! Studies show that people who nap regularly tend to feel less sleepy throughout the day compared with those who don’t nap (and also get better grades). If this doesn’t work out for you, there are other options available as well: try drinking warm milk right before bedtime; using lavender essential oil diffusers in your bedroom; listening to soothing sounds through an app called Sleep Cycle while lying down; or even adding lavender tea bags into hot water before bedtime—all these strategies have been shown anecdotally by researchers around world across age groups ranging from children aged 10-11 all adults up until retirement age individuals over 65 years old.”
Being stressed is normal but you can manage it.
Being stressed is a normal part of life. It’s something that happens to everyone, and it can be good or bad depending on how you use it.
When stress is used as motivation, it’s called “positive” stress. If you’re feeling stressed because your project deadline is fast approaching and you need to finish it quickly before the end of the semester, then this type of positive stress will help motivate you and make sure that everything gets done on time. On the other hand, if your anxiety level feels too high and makes it difficult for you to focus on anything else but work (or school), then this kind of negative form might not be helpful for getting things done at all—it may even make them harder!
You can do it! By following these tips, you will be able to keep yourself from feeling stressed out during mid-semester. Remember that stress is normal and it’s only going to get worse if you don’t take steps now. The most important thing is to remember that you are the only one who can take charge of your stress level and make sure that it doesn’t get out of control. You have the power to change your life and do what needs to be done, so don’t give up!