It’s such a busy time of the semester! We’re all trying to meet those looming mid-semester assignment deadlines, or study for an upcoming exam before the long-awaited mid-semester break! This period can be super stressful, so we recommend having a go at these 6 super simple, yet surprisingly effective things to help reduce alleviate tension and help you meet those mid-semester deadlines.
1. Create healthy study habits
Sensible work habits can keep you centred, relaxed and in the flow. These include breaking up your assignments into smaller pieces, so they don’t seem like such a hurdle to get over. Also, remember to pace yourself when studying, try not to push yourself when it would be better to take a break. It has been proven that taking short breaks improves your focus and concentration. You’ll be more effective as a result!
2. Plan out your days
When you wake up in the morning, and know you have a lot of work to do, a helpful tip to organise your life is to plan out your days (even plan out the little things!). That way, when you finish a task, you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment that will help you keep moving forwards.
3. Listen to a relaxing song
Research suggests that music has a unique link to our emotions and can be a highly effective stress management tool. So, during this stressful period when deadlines seem imminent, strengthen your calming muscles by grabbing some earphones and listening to music that really relaxes you. Once you’re relaxed, you’ll have no idea how much more effective your studying will be!
Amongst all the deadlines, it’s easy to forget to make time for yourself. But remember that you will perform at your best when you’re stress free. Take time for the little things; grab a coffee with friends from your favourite cafe, get sweaty in the gym & most importantly – get a good night’s sleep!
5. Managing your time
It’s easy to trick yourself into thinking you’re being productive… when really, you’re procrastinating. Stop colour-coding your notes & start working on that assignment you’ve been dreading!
6. Mindfulness Meditation
Come along to a Mindfulness Meditation session on campus! Take an hour out of your week to immerse yourself in the art of mindfulness; improving your stress management AND concentration – two birds, one stone.