[dropcap]A[/dropcap] few weeks ago, the temperatures began rising as the delightful sun peaked out of the clouds and began shining down on my extremely excited face.
I don’t know about you guys, but after a long, dreadfully gloomy winter, the taste of spring’s warm weather puts me in one of the most joyous, cheery moods imaginable. Seriously, spring fever has been hitting me HARD.
While thoughts of my summer travels have been dancing vigorously in my head, my body has also been screaming for the sun, wanting everything that is outside – everything that does NOT involve tedious homework, endless studying, extensive papers or repetitive work assignments.
As a devoted college student, the thought of ignoring these pressing matters is clearly not even an option. However, procrastination is, which of course comes hand in hand with stress.
Because I know that I am not the only student feeling torn between the beautiful weather and the not-so-beautiful last few weeks of school (including the ever-distressing week of finals, SIGH), I have compiled together a few ways to release some of that unneeded stress while keeping the positive ‘tude needed to successfully conquer the rest of your semester.
1. Stop procrastinating.
Word to the wise (clearly not me), procrastination only makes things THAT much worse. Make it your goal to start getting ahead on those last few projects and assignments that may be due before finals week. In fact, if you have any projects or papers DUE finals week, start cranking them out NOW. This will make things extremely less stressful, and will allow you to walk out of your spring semester with a smile on your face knowing that you finished on a positive note and can now enjoy your highly anticipated summer activities.
2. Go work out.
With working two jobs and taking 18 credit hours, getting myself to the gym has proved to be one of the most difficult tasks this semester. It always seems second to that homework assignment that’s due tomorrow, and it oftentimes even seems second to securing a little extra sleep. However, working out can help reduce all that stress that has been building up from ceaseless assignments, exams and the everyday worries of life.
It’s also vital to remember that you and your body’s health are just as important as school (at least I think so). So, take an extra hour or two a couple of times a week to spend some time on yourself and focus on your mental and physical health.
3. Enjoy yourself.
It’s so easy to get caught up in work, school, chores, relationships and everything that is currently going wrong or is proving to be unsuccessful. I know that I oftentimes get so engrossed in the daily grind that I forget to do things that make me feel happy, relaxed and like an actual human instead of an unremitting machine.
Go enjoy a nice run outside and relish the heat of the sun. Bake some cookies with your best friend or go out on a fun date with your significant other. Take your Saturday and spend it at the beach, or read underneath an enormous tree. While I’m not advising you to suspend your studies for a ridiculous amount of time, I am advising you to take time for yourself to feel like yourself.
Dedicate time and energy on yourself, others, your future, and the here and now, as they are all equally important. Have fun, work hard, make great memories and do all you can to secure a positive future. The rest will follow and work itself out on its own…it always does!
Cheers to a successful end of the school year!