You may be finding yourself stressed out about midterms. Or maybe you’re stressed about keeping up with a social life, work, school and being new to college… Here are a few tips to help keep you calm, cool and collected.
Have you ever tried yoga or meditation?
Meditating is a great way to focus your mind and center your breath. It does not even take that long! All you need is at least five minutes to yourself where you can sit down close your eyes and take a few breaths. One of my favorite exercises is 7-11 breathing. Sit or lay down in a comfortable position where your back is straight. Close your eyes or soften your focus. Breathe in for a count of seven and exhale for a count of eleven. Repeat this process just a few times to clear your mind and relax your breathing. Gassett Fitness Center also offers free yoga classes that you can join in on! Or maybe another kind of exercise group like Zumba will get your blood flowing and help relax you. Classes can be found here!
Another tip is give time for yourself to relax. Reward your studying with breaks. Maybe you give yourself a snack for every hour you study. Or perhaps after you complete a few tasks you can hangout with your friends. Creating a task list and staying organized can help with managing stress.
Not only will these methods help with dealing with midterms but they can also help later on in life too. I learned breathing techniques when I was in high school and I have been using them in my daily life, work and school.
Another thing you can do to clear your mind is do something you love. For me I go to Salem State’s radio station WMWM. There I can relax and listen or play music I love and get to talk to people who share the same interest as me. However, this method varies for other people. I know my roommate loves to create art when it comes to distressing.
When you are stressed out it is important to remember that you are a human being and taking care of yourself is more important than your work. So do the best you can, study hard and take a deep breath! You got this 🙂