How to Beat the Semester Lull

It’s official: we have hit the post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving lull. Break is right around the corner and yet it seems like there are a million tests, papers, and obligations standing in the way before we can finally go home and get some much-needed time off. Between course selection, cold weather, and sleep deprivation it is easy to fall into a slump during this part of the semester. That’s where we come in! We have five tips to help you beat the lull and finish the semester strong.

1. Break your routine! It is so easy to fall into a rut of doing the same exact thing every day which can make each day feel more and more monotonous. To combat this, break up your routine! Walk a different way to class, try a new workout class, or get a meal at the bison that you haven’t tried yet. Even the smallest change to your routine can help break up your day and give you an extra boost.

2. Call home! Whether it be a call to your parents, a sibling, or a friend from high school taking the time to talk to someone off campus and check in with what is going on at home can give you the separation from stress and from school that you need. It doesn’t need to be a long conversation; however, taking a few minutes to check in with someone who cares about you can make a huge difference for your mood.    

3. Get off campus The Bucknell bubble is real and spending every day on campus seeing the same things can wear you down. Even if it is just a drive to Dunkin or a trip to Walmart do your best to take a break from campus for a few hours.

4. Get active! At this point in the year a lot of us have fallen off of our workout routine. Even if you are a fitness junkie, taking a break from homework and getting to the gym or going on a run can help get those endorphins flowing and give you a quick break. Getting active will help you stay healthy and feel good about yourself!

5. Make time for yourself! At this time of year there are a million things going on and sometimes it may feel like you don’t have a second for yourself. If you feel this way, it is important to make sure you are putting yourself first and not spreading yourself too thin. Making time for yourself can look different for everyone, whether it be watching a movie on Netflix, doing a face mask, taking a nap, or hanging out with a friend. No matter what it is, make sure you have a little time doing something that is just for you.