The honeymoon period of the semester is long over and your first, big projects, tests and papers are due...all at the exact same time. The weather is back and forth between freezing cold rain and warm, relaxing sun. Allergies and other bugs have infected half the campus. You are counting down the days to spring break. Here's how I cope.
1. Take a mental health day.
I'm serious it's really nice to just have a day to yourself. If you're like me, every day is packed with school, work, meetings, homework and clubs. Your brain needs a vacation too, otherwise you are just going to drive yourself crazy. But, Madison, I just don't have the time to take a mental health day! I feel the exact same way. If you need to schedule a break in advance, start planning a day without any meetings, study groups, etc. Also if you can't block out a whole day just take a mental health half-day. It's important to get yourself reorganized and back in the right mind set so you can finish the semester strong!
2. Eat a full,hot meal.
I'm not talking about the 15-minute stop in the cafeteria or a slice of a leftover piece of pizza from the fridge. I'm talking you get the ingredients from the store and make yourself a entree, side dishes that will make your mama proud and a dessert. If you don't have the means to make the meal yourself, at least go out and buy those prepared, hot and ready dishes you can get at grocery stores. Sitting down and having a long, hot meal will not only fill you up, but make you feel better overall.
3. Go outside.
One of the best ways to improve your mood is to go out and get some good ol' Vitamin D. Staring at a white board and hearing the hum of florescent lights isn't good for your long-term sanity anyway. So, go take a walk, and don't think the gym's track is good enough! Maybe a change of scenery is just what you need, find a nearby park you've never explored, bring a friend and go on an adventure!
Never underestimate the benefits of a good night of sleep. Take a night off from socializing and have some one-on-one with Netflix or a good book and turn in early. Your body and mind will thank you.
5. Have tea.
It may seem simple, but just sitting down and drinking a nice hot cup of tea makes your troubles melt away...or it's at least tasty. Try it and see how relaxed you feel afterwards.
Taking a short break can strengthen your mental and physical health, and it will help you make it to spring break!