It’s midterm season, which means it’sÂ the time of year when students camp out in the library, burying their heads in textbooks and study notes.
The whole process can be extremely tiring and it’s easy to becomeÂ stressed out; but don’t worry, we’ve complied a survival guide to help youÂ cope!
1. Eat Healthy
DietÂ plays aÂ huge partÂ in how you feel. If you ever feel tempted to eatÂ comfort food, like pizza or poutine, try and find a healthier option. There are plenty of tasty alternatives to an unhealthy snack. For example, try replacing potato chips with veggies and hummus.
As tempting as it may be to pull an all-nighter in preparationÂ for tomorrows test, you will remember much more if you get the restÂ your body needs. Plan your schedule so that you haveÂ enough time to study and sleep. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
3.Â Pace yourself and take breaks
Like sleep, breaks are very important when it comes to information retention. Pace yourself and you will feel much better! Everyone needs a breakÂ at some point, even Obama.
4.Â Get a massage
Most people would happily getÂ a massage at anytime, but when you’re stressed your muscles tense up, so this midterm season isÂ the perfect time to get one. A massage will help loosen you up and clear your mind. Plus, massages are covered underÂ IGNITE’s insurance plan!
5. Talk to your friends
It’s easy to take your midterm stress out on your friends by ignoring them. Don’t think ofÂ them as a distraction, instead talk to them about how you feel. They can help reassure you.Â If you don’t feel like talking to your friends about your stress, then consider talkingÂ an online counsellor onÂ the Students Life Line. Sometimes you just need to let it all out.
6. Talk to your teacher
Your teachers are there to help you, so use them. Ask them for some extra helpÂ if youÂ don’t understandÂ the course content. Find outÂ what you can do in order to better prepare yourself for the midterm. It will show them that you’re eager to learn and make you feel better.
Dance likeÂ nobody is watching. It’s a great way to let off steam.
8. (Dark) Chocolate
Telling you to eatÂ chocolate may seem like it contradicts our first tip, but dark chocolate can have many health benefitsÂ thatÂ come in handy during midterm season. Online journals have stated that the consumptionÂ of dark chocolate can improve yourÂ brain’s function, so eat up!
If you are still feeling stressed then please take advantage of ourÂ Student Life Line.Â Not only are thereÂ counsellors available to you, but there areÂ many other tools that you might find useful!
So, there you have it. Midterm season doesn’t have to be stressful.Â Make sure you share these tips with your friends so you can all make it out of the woods together!