Studying for numerous exams and sitting through long classes which you may not necessarily care about can be stressful and boring. This is often the case with studying for exams as well.
Here are five tips to help you de-stress from school.
Reading for Enjoyment
There’s a chance you’ve been reading a lot of complex or uninteresting material that probably doesn’t really spark your interest and is required for your classes. Why not take a break and read something that actually interests you? It’s a good way to take your mind off of readings based off of several facts and formulas, and focus on something more entertaining.
Probably one of the best things you can do to destress from anything. I often feel fidgety if I’m sitting in one spot for so long trying to write a paper or study and will feel the need to move around. It’s often best to study or do work in “chunks,” or an hour or two at a time. In between the time doing schoolwork or homework, it might be a good idea to get up and go take a walk outside. I feel that a change in environment is extremely important for keeping the mind sharp. More vigorous or demanding physical activity involving sports and lifting weights can be a good way to relieve any stress, frustration, or anxiety you might be having due to school
We may often lose sleep when we’re working into the late night. Studies recommend that we should get at least eight hours of sleep. While you shouldn’t be cramming all of your studying into the night before exams, there is nothing wrong with extending your studies until then. This is because reviewing material close to the exam time may help to keep the memory fresh. My math professor has even suggested this. With that being said, if studying late at night, chances are you may be getting less than 8 hours of sleep. A “power nap” for an hour or a few during the day can’t hurt.
Sometimes we just need to escape reality for a little bit. I find that once in a while if I stop to play some videogames for an hour or two, I’m more willing to get back to work when I’m done. Keep in mind, that videogames may also be a distraction or a way to procrastinate from getting important work done, so they are best used in moderation and in balance with important tasks.
Talk it Out
If things are really eating at you, it’s best to talk to someone about it. The stresses of school can often affect our emotions negatively and lead to anxiety or even depression. It can also be helpful if you make sure to stay organized and plan things out. This way all the things you have going on can seem less hectic. Try finding a counselor or close friend to guide you.