7 Tips To Prevent Mid Semester Burnout

7 Tips To Prevent Mid Semester Burnout

Dragging yourself to class gets harder each week.
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Ahhh, mid-October. The leaves are falling, the weather is beautiful, football season's in full swing...and the midterms, group projects, essays, and assignments are starting to pile up. Motivation is slowing decreasing by the day, the snooze button becomes everyone's new best friend, and showing up to class is a challenge.

It seems mid-semester burnout is upon us, and it's certainly contagious. Don't worry though, because this burnout can be prevented. Here are seven tips to prevent mid-semester burnout.

1. Plan to give yourself one more hour of sleep than you think you need.

As the semester goes on, exhaustion and sluggishness from classes, assignments, and probably too much junk food begin to take over your body. You're probably going to need more sleep than you usually get. A simple solution is to plan for an extra hour of sleep, whether that means going to bed earlier or taking a nap during the day. Just one hour is a huge difference.

2. Keep a planner or checklist to organize what needs to get done each week.

By the middle of the semester, keeping track of due dates, work schedules, and to-do lists can get extremely challenging. By using a weekly planner or checklist, you can create a clear picture of what you have to do, and become a more organized person in general.

3. Drink lots of water.

There are so many health benefits of staying hydrated throughout the day, but when it comes to college, simply the increased energy should be incentive to drink a healthy amount of water every day. Many times, people are so busy doing their day to day tasks that they forget that they need fluids to function at their best. Never forget that water bottle.

4. Have a consistent routine for doing homework.

Homework is stressful enough, so you shouldn't add more stress by not knowing when, where, or how you're going to do it each day. Set a time frame, location, and method for getting your homework done every day, and you'll soon be more motivated to do it and finish it.

5. Try to limit partying, especially when the workload gets big.

Lots of people party in college, and that's perfectly okay. However, too many people need to know when to pull it back, and how to drink in moderation. If it's the week before midterms and you're going out on a Wednesday night with a 10 AM the next morning followed by a group project meeting and a few hours at work, then you're probably going to be among the first to experience burnout.

6. Make cool plans for the near and distant future.

It's important to have exciting things to look forward to. If you didn't, finding motivation would be even more complicated. With a cool plan in place to see your friends or go on a cool trip over a weekend, you'll be excited all week and won't feel like your life is stressful and lacks excitement. Even though responsibilities with classes, work, and other involvement can sometimes get overwhelming, life should still be enjoyed.

7. Take a mental health day, just one though.

Sometimes, you just have to bite the bullet and give yourself a day to rest and get reorganized. Good mental health is the key to avoiding burnout, and resting for a day is great. Make sure, however, that it's only one day and you have nothing urgent going on.

Next time you feel yourself on the verge of feeling burnt out, try one or more of these strategies. You have nothing to lose, and life is just easier when things are going smoothly. Keep working hard folks!

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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11 Ways To Deal With Two-Faced People

Because you can't always cut them out.

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Since entering college, it seems like it's been one train wreck after another. The past year has given me several blows––with family, finances, personal health, and family well-being. The Lord is helping me deal with a lot of obstacles right now, and I'm trusting Him to carry me through to the other side.

With everything going on, it's safe to say that I have little to no room for disingenuous people in my life. You know who they are. The two-faced individuals who have nothing but smiles, friendship and understanding for you to your face, but the minute you turn away, they're spreading lies and rumors like wildfire. They laugh at you when they think you aren't looking.

There are articles and tips spanning the internet on how to cut toxic people out of your life, but sadly, that's not always an option. So what do you do when you have to grit your teeth and bear it?

1. Take stock of who you can trust

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When dealing with people who can't seem to give it to you straight, it's best to lean on those who do. Maybe it's a small handful or even a single person, but they can make a world of difference for your mental health.

2. Put your faith where it belongs

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I put my faith in God, my family and my friends. It's not always easy, but it's comforting when you don't have it in yourself. Not everyone is going to understand or support you, and that's OK. You don't need them or their approval.

3. Limit your interactions



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Maybe they're family, a coworker or a classmate––you can't always get away. Be that as it may, you can limit your interactions. If you don't have to speak to them, don't. Go about your business as best as possible, then move on when you can.

4. Keep your guard up

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People will have a field day making assumptions about you. Most times, they don't realize how hypocritical this makes them. That's their problem to own, not yours. Although you don't want to keep walls up in every part of your life, it can occasionally be a healthy choice. It's best not to invest trust or emotions into those who will double-cross you.

5. Don't forget to stay positive

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When people drag you down, it's hard to shake off their grasp. It's amazing how free you can feel when you don't let them get in your head. Don't let them dim your light!

6. Let your actions speak for themselves

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Circumstances can arise that hinder your performance or attitude. That's life, it happens! Don't feel bad for not being a robot––perfectly tuned to everyone else's expectations. You're human. You may not be perfect, but you can do your best. This may not be enough for them, but it is for those who care about you.

7. Avoid stooping to their level

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Sometimes the best way to fight back is to rise above it all. Seeking revenge and copying their actions does nothing but make you like them. Be better than that.

8. Try not to take their words to heart

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This is the hardest. It's so much easier to let the lies get past your guard than the truth. Let those double-crossers do or say what they will––that reflects on them and who they are more than anything else. You can't change who they are, but you can control your reaction.

9. If you're comfortable, confront them

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If it's something you feel safe doing, confront them. You don't need to be aggressive, but you can be honest. Tell them about the rumors circulating. Tell them how this makes you feel. Remind them that you once put your trust in them, and they betrayed that trust. After that, the ball is in their court.

10. Laugh it off

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You don't need to convince anyone of your value if they refuse to see it. Mark it up as a good story to tell, a lesson in toughening your skin and move on. The people in your life should feel lucky to have you in theirs, and if they don't, they don't need to be a priority.

11. Be patient

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Find comfort in the knowledge that you aren't the only one who sees both of their faces. If they're double-crossing you, chances are, they have done it and are doing it to others. They may be fooling some, but certainly not everyone.

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