Stressed out? It’s normal.

Only seven more weeks, I think to myself as I sit in front of my computer, trying to figure out when I’m going to get everything done – if that’s even possible. The period of time after spring break is one of the toughest for college students. Thoughts are focused on warmer weather, vacations, and time spent with friends. This means that schoolwork and clubs can be pushed back, but this is actually the time we need to focus on them the most. ‘Tis the season for term papers, final projects, signing up for next semester’s classes, club activities, and more.

So how do you find time for everything and still remain sane? Here are a few ideas.

1. Invest in a planner

What would I do without my planner? I couldn’t tell you. I have to write everything down or I would be missing a lot of events. For example within the next seven days, I have an event to go to for the student-run fashion show on campus, sell t-shirts for the show, attend a meeting for both the fashion show and the magazine I am a part of, plus a meeting with my academic advisor on top of all of that. You could say it’s a bit hectic, seeing as I have to make time for homework and social life as well. By planning everything I’m going to do throughout the day, I never have to worry about what I need to do.

2. Find your spot

Everyone does their best in their favorite environment, so if you don’t already know where yours is – find it! The fourth floor of the school library is my personal favorite. If I have a cup of coffee, it’s even better. It’s cozy and quiet and perfect for studying or relaxing. Perhaps your spot is a lounge in a commons area or a local coffee shop, it really doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you know it’s always there for you when you need it.

3. Drink tea

This might be more of a personal preference on my part, but I know a lot of other people who are relaxed if they have a cup of green tea in the evening. Not only is it relaxing, but it has great health benefits 🙂

4. Make time for yourself

You are the most important person in your life. It’s important that you spend some quality time with yourself. There’s many ways you can do this: binge watch your favorite TV show, curl up with a good book, go for a walk, go to the gym…the possibilities are endless!

Hopefully this helps somehow. Just remember that you’re never the only person who’s stressed out, chances are many people around you are feeling the exact same way.

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