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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Delhi North East chapter.

Midterm season is a time of great stress and pressure for many students. The period leading up to midterms is often characterized by long study sessions, sleepless nights, and high levels of anxiety. It is easy to get caught up in the demands of academic life and forget to take care of oneself. However, self-care is essential during midterm season and can have a significant impact on academic performance and overall well-being.

Self-care is any activity that promotes physical, emotional, or mental well-being. It involves taking deliberate actions to maintain or improve one’s health and wellness. Self-care practices can be as simple as getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly. They can also involve more indulgent activities, such as taking a hot bath, reading a book for pleasure, or spending time with loved ones.

During midterm season, it can be tempting to push self-care to the side in order to focus solely on studying. However, neglecting self-care can have a negative impact on both academic performance and overall health. When we fail to take care of our physical, emotional, and mental health, we are more likely to experience burnout, exhaustion, and illness. This can ultimately result in lower grades, decreased motivation, and a reduced ability to focus.

On the other hand, engaging in self-care activities can have a significant positive impact on academic performance. Getting enough sleep, for example, has been shown to improve memory consolidation and cognitive performance. Regular exercise can help reduce stress levels and boost mood, while healthy eating habits can provide the energy needed to power through long study sessions.

In addition to improving academic performance, self-care can also have a positive impact on mental health. Midterm season is a stressful time, and it is important to take steps to manage that stress. Engaging in self-care activities such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. Taking breaks from studying to engage in activities that bring joy and relaxation can also help reduce stress levels and improve overall mood.

Self-care looks different for everyone, and it is important to find activities that work best for you. Some people find that going for a run is the best way to clear their mind, while others may prefer reading a book or spending time with friends. The key is to prioritize self-care activities and make them a regular part of your routine.

In conclusion, self-care is essential during midterm season. Neglecting self-care can have a negative impact on academic performance and overall well-being, while engaging in self-care activities can have a positive impact on both. By prioritizing self-care, students can better manage stress, improve academic performance, and ultimately achieve greater success in their academic endeavors.

Leena Joshi

Delhi North East '24

Leena Joshi is a social entrepreneur, climate advocate and author. She is the founder and executive director of Ethereal, a youth-led climate nonprofit, with 9000 volunteers in 60+ countries. She has sat on boards and advisory councils for various organizations. She has been a member at Harvard Business Review Ascend Select and has provided insights to editorial, marketing and product teams of HBR and has contributed to research projects by HBR. Leena's work has been featured by World Bank Group, United Nations Climate Change, United Nations Foundation, Climate Reality Project, Her Campus Media, Feminist and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. She was previously a Member at Global Leadership Challenge at Oxford University. She has been an Ambassador for organizations including World Bank Group, Greenpeace USA, 4ocean and Plastic Pollution Coalition. Leena is a prolific public speaker who has spoken at universities across the world including Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge. She has authored books including 'The Climate Awakening' and 'Ethereal' and writes poetry about social impact.