It is just about time for midterms, you are just about half way through the semester. It is usually around this time stress levels begin to surge. Before the stressful time commences, you should mentally prepare by finding balance, peace, and taking time for yourself. Your mental health is the foundation for your academic success and overall well-being. Be sure you are listening to what your body, mind and spirit are telling you. There are a number of things you can do to stay mentally fit as you navigate through the stressful times of the semester. Be sure to review helpful de-stressing tips below. These tips could be helpful to you or a friend as you navigate midterms. Be sure to keep your mental health in shape, but also check on the health of your peers. Midterms and Finals bring out the lowest points in a student’s semester and having a good support system will be just what a peer may need. Be sure to build your support system and be open to being a part of someone else’s support system.
Exercise– take time to release some endorphins to help you look and feel better. Exercising will give you a chance to focus on something other than the stress of school. Go to the fitness center on campus, take a group class, or simply walk around the campus. The physical activity will help de-stress and will also help you sleep better.
Get some sleep– rest is the next most important thing to your academic success after studying. It is important that you try to regular full night of sleep. Attempt to sleep in a quiet dark room uninterrupted.
Prepare for the task ahead– be sure you have a plan in place on how you will successfully study for up to six tests at one time. You cannot cram for all of the exams one day before the exam. You must develop a plan to effectively dedicate enough time for each course. Taking time to study prior to the week of the exams. Dedicating a little time each day to each class will help you take achieve little piece of the puzzle, by the time exams arrive you will have the whole picture.
Stay spiritually grounded– if you have a spiritual background, now is the time to dig deeper into your faith. You want to stay spiritually fit before and during these stressful times. Being spiritually fit will allow you to be calm and centered during the exams. If you do not have a spiritual background, now is a good time to explore your spiritual needs. Don’t know where to start? Ask a friend, look at campus groups, or see if there are spiritual resources on campus. Showing up is the first step and all you have to do is determine how you feel. If you do not like what you see or hear you do not have to stay or return. Just because you do not like one option does not mean you cannot explore other options.
Utilize campus resources– The campus has a wealth of resources available to you. Your tuition covers the costs of these resources so feel free to utilize them. Outside of the fitness center and the spiritual resources that may be available, you also have access to counselors and advisors. Your advisor and a counselor can serve as sounding boards during stressful times. They can listen to your concerns, allow you to vent, and help navigate your steps. Don’t be ashamed or feel like you are imposing, these professionals are on campus to be of service to you. So if you need them just reach out and set up an appointment.