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How to Practice Self-care during Midterm Season

Shorter days, pumpkin spice lattes, and sweater weather are signs that autumn has arrived. Whether or not you like autumn, knowing that it’s also midterm season can make the days seem gloomier.

Having multiple assignments, exams, and essays can be stressful. It can be even more stressful if you are involved in extra-curricular activities and have personal priorities outside of your academic responsibilities.

During midterm season, it’s important to take care of your mental, physical, and emotional health so that you are on top of your game. Here are some types of self-care you can employ:

 1. Take a few minutes to relax and meditate

Most yogis know the benefits of consciously controlling your breath. Practicing deep breathing can lift your mood, calm you down, and boost your energy. Going to Gosman gym for a group yoga session or attending the Sangha club’s weekly meditation meeting could help you cope with stress.

2.  Get adequate nutrition

It’s easy to get carried away with studying and skip meals. Substituting wholesome meals for unhealthy food options like sugary snacks can have an impact on your performance. If you are swamped with work and have no time to eat inside lower Usdan or Sherman, you should take a green box from either of the two dining halls and choose healthy food options to keep your body well nourished.

3. Go for a walk

Sitting down for too long can cause you to become stiff and sleepy. Take a pause and walk around campus. You can stop by the C-store, briefly chat with a friend who is studying in the SCC, go to the pond at Massell, etc.

4.  Build a reward system

You do not have to wait till your exam is finished to reward yourself for studying. You can write down the chapters, past quizzes, and notes you have to review for an exam and give yourself a tiny reward, such as food or a study break, after completing each task.

 

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