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We have reached that part of the semester where time seems to be going slow while simultaneously going really fast. It also means there are midterms and finals looming, and we’re all just ready to clock out for winter break. Although it can be a tough time for most of us, it doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to detox and take a little break when needed. 

Here’s how I found ways to de-stress during this time: 

1. Jam it out

Listening to music you enjoy will not only calm you down, but it is also a great way to get motivated. When I found that I was overworking myself, I would take a 10 minute music break and just jam it out. Dance a little, sing a little and put on a performance in your room. It’ll give you the boost of energy you need to get your work done or even concentrate on your studies. I would highly recommend this if you find yourself overwhelmed.

2. lean on others for support

It is important to understand that it’s okay to ask for help from your friends and family. Sometimes all we need is a person to talk to when we are feeling down. It can be either to motivate us or simply just to listen to us when we need to get something off our chest. They can be your biggest supporters and cheerleaders, so don’t be afraid to send a text or call up a close friend/family member.

3. CATCH UP WITH A FAVORITE HOBBY/ ACTIVITY

Sometimes all you need is a moment to yourself to catch up with a favorite hobby or do an activity that makes you happy. It allows you to take your mind off the hectic course work and alleviate any stress you might be feeling. Love a good shopping spree? Treat yourself! Enjoy crocheting? Make a new bag or top. The possibilities are endless, and you should be able to take the time you need in order to destress while also doing something you like. It gives you the perfect opportunity to perfect a craft or finish something you started.

4. CREATE A SCHEDULE 

It can be hard to keep up with all your coursework, especially during midterms and finals. Creating a schedule for yourself can be really helpful so you don’t overwhelm yourself. Make sure the schedule includes personal breaks in between to destress and have time for yourself. I found that writing down my assignments per day and per class, while also completing them days before a deadline, definitely helps eliminate the stress of a load of assignments.

These are just a few of the ways one can deal with their mid semester blues. Don’t feel alone because you’re not! I promise there are many of us out there in the same boat as you, and it’s all the more reason we need to stick together and find ways to share how we deal with everything that goes on during this time. 

Arieliz Ramos

Montclair '23

Hi everyone! I'm Arieliz and I'm a Junior at Montclair State University. Fashion & Beauty enthusiast. Harry Styles lover. Coffee Addict.
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