It’s that dreaded time of the year again! No, not tax season (but actually…), it’s mid-term time! Hip Hip Hoo-no.
One of the most disorienting aspects about mid-terms is not the sheer abundance of papers and tests dumped on us at the same time (though that is certainly part of it), but actually that, at least for me, I always forget it’s coming. Take finals for example. They’re pretty awful but we know when we’ll have to face them, given a nice reading period to prepare for them and extra reminders in class. Mid-terms, on the other hand, no matter how many calendars they’re written down on, seem to come full-speed ahead with no brakes. I suppose the enemy you know is better than the one you don’t.
That said, I won’t take up much of your time this week (I’m in the midst of my mid-terms too) but here are some stress-coping strategies to help you during this time:
- Cal Newport’s “Getting Things Done” Method basically helps you feel motivated to do your work and know when to do it so you’re not overwhelmed. Planning your schedule can help free up a lot of pent-up anxiety, seriously.
- Drink some tea and calm down! There’s an interview where Tom Hiddleston said he got so excited reading The Avengers script that he had to make himself some tea to calm down. (I kid you not) You’re probably experiencing some different emotions (excitement is not one during mid-terms) but tea helps emotionally and physically. Stay well, guys.
- Take a nap. If you’re feeling absolutely exhausted, don’t push your body past the point of exhaustion. For some of us, going to bed earlier isn’t possible at the moment, so for now, no matter research opinion, take a nap. Just know when and how long before you do. (Besides, don’t feel bad–Winston Churchill took naps too–“If you’re going through hell, keep going…after a nap.”)
- Are you breaking out? You’re probably breaking out. Here…By far, one of the clearest acne face maps I’ve ever used. Not only does it show what kind of acne surfaces on which part of your face, but also what to do (and NOT do) to help your face clear up.
- And while we’re at it, let’s do something about that headache, huh? Similar to the acne face map, this simple picture explains why your head is throbbing in that particular region and what you can do about it (sleep, water, calm down, etc. it depends).
- Most importantly, if you need a break, take one. School is important, but your health comes first. Whether your break is to read a YA novel, laugh with some friends, and take quizzes on Buzzfeed, do it and don’t feel guilty about it. This also means if you need to take some time away from people who are bragging about their free-time/complaining heavily/just annoying you in any way, you can do that too. Feel free to post this sign while you do it. (You know who you are)
That’s all I’ve got, but leave any mid-term coping tips you’ve got in the comments below! I’m sure someone (probably me) will benefit from reading them.