Some helpful hints for keeping your stress level to a minimum as you rush towards the promise of summer…
Write out to do lists!
Sometimes the best thing you can do when you have loads of work and don’t know where to start is to write out a list. That way you don’t forget to do anything and as you go through the list you can cross off the things you’ve done and make yourself feel accomplished. According to the Center for Young Women’s Health, journaling can help lower stress.
Give yourself breaks
Sometimes your brain needs a break. When it does, your break doesn’t have to be very long. Western Governors University’s 11 Ways Your Study Environment Affects Productivity (And How You Can Improve It) states that checking Facebook during breaks will stop you from wanting to check mid-sentence. Check Facebook, watch a half-hour tv show, go for a walk, go eat, do whatever as long as it helps you feel refreshed and ready for more work!
Your body needs sleep in order for you to continue studying! Harvard Medical School claims that sleep is beneficial for “immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions.” So instead of procrastinating because you think you’ll be fine with pulling an all-nighter before a big test, think again! However, if staying up all night is necessary to complete that research paper or finish the last legs of your study guide, then make sure you take lots of naps. You don’t want to rack-up sleep-debt. Mary Warner K’18 swears by naps: she says “taking naps is key to maintaining a healthy immune system and a well rested mind. My optimal resting hours depend on my schedule and how exhausted I feel.” Take Mary’s advice and listen to your body, it may be telling you that need more sleep!
Go work out!
You may think that you are too busy or too tired to go work out, but exercising will actually be a huge factor in helping you stay more focused! “Working out helps make me way less stressed and it is a great way to take a break,” Zoe Barnes K’18 said. “I always feel way better and more energized after I workout.” Taking a break to stretch and work your body will not only help you stay fit but will also release those much needed endorphins to help keep your stress levels down. According to Huffington Post Healthy Living, exercise doesn’t just have physical benefits, but can also decrease anxiety, sharpen memory, and help one tap into his or her creativity.
We all know that for some reason chocolate helps when we are stressed but Camila Trefftz K’17 has the perfect method for the usage of the stress-reliever. For the last days of winter quarter, Camila ate one Ferrero Rocher chocolate piece at the end of every day as a reward for finishing the day. “It gave me something to look forward to each day,” Trefftz said. “Obviously chocolate fixes everything, so it was the perfect way to get through the last couple of days.”
Listen to some great music
As you are doing homework or taking that much needed break, listen to the music that fits your mood! Sometimes that one song can really pick you up and your fingers will end up typing to the beat of the song and before you know it whatever you were working on will be done! Cross one more thing off that to-do list. If you’re wondering what type of music to listen to while you study, USA Today stated that “medium levels of arousal are ideal for studying — not too agitated and not too relaxed,” so find some music with an in-between beat.
Keep up with your extracurriculars!
These give you the chance to get away from that tricky problem you’ve been working on all day and think about something else. According to More4Kid’s website, extracurriculars can also help students learn how to better their time management and how to commit to long-term projects.