A lot of people are either gearing up for their midterms or winding down from their last midterm of the quarter. But still, don’t stress yourself out too much! If you need some reminders to take better care of yourself, look no further!
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It’s “normal” to skimp on meals when you’re living that #collegelyfe, but that doesn’t mean you should. If you’re going to school for 4-6 hours a day, studying for 5-8 hours at night, you need food. If you can’t spare the time to cook for the day, no worries! That’s what drive-thrus are for! But if you’re money-conscious (good for you!), there’s nothing wrong with instant ramen once in a while. Just add an egg for some extra nutrients and you’re set! And if you can’t do even that, make sure you just have something to snack on. And water. That way, at least you have something in your belly and you’re staying hydrated!
The research studies say we need about 8 hours of sleep each night, but most of us here are cutting an average of 5 hours and making up the rest with the daily coffee, tea, energy drink, etc. It’s hard maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, but it will definitely beat the feeling of your soul slipping in and out of your body during an afternoon lecture. Let’s not #astralproject during the day! So, if 8 hours of sleep is impossible because you have too much to do, just make a good start by going to bed every night at the same time. Whatever you have to do (unless deadlines are extremely close) can wait until tomorrow.
Doing nothing is doing something. You’re allowing yourself to rest and take a break from the anxieties of life. Even if you’re just sitting on the couch and staring into the void, that’s good enough. Put on a face mask or something and chill with a few episodes of your favorite netflix show (set an alarm or episode limit to avoid binging.) Play a few rounds of LOL or Smash with your friends! Whatever you decide to do, just relax and enjoy the feeling of being you.
Besides school, work, and sleep, what else do you need to do? Do you need to shop for groceries? Is your gas tank due for a refilling? When was the last time you cleaned your room? If you’re not feeling like you’re being productive, that’s fine. Everyone falls into a lull when they’re trying to focus. It’s not that you’re lazy or dumb or anything like that (No! Not in a million years, fam!). You just need a break to step back from what you’re doing and process the information! Do something different for an hour or so! It doesn’t have to be a super intense cleaning session or a 2-hour meal prep. Just do something else for yourself!
Good luck on your exams! You’ll do great! You got this!