For most students, September marks the beginning of a new year more than the new year itself, and it can be very stressful transitioning back into school after spending the summer in a stress-free environment.
During the school year, projects, assignments and papers tend to take over your life, and as students we often forget to take care of ourselves until we’re completely worn out. This year, take the time to recognize when you are overwhelmed, and take care of yourself first. It doesn’t matter how much pressure you’re under, if you neglect to take care of yourself, you won’t perform as well.
Taking care of yourself during the year starts with the first few weeks.
Here are some of the things I do to get through the semester:
- Lay out all of your assignments and due dates on a calendar so you can visualize when things are due and aren’t starting projects last minute. If you start to fall behind early in the school year, it is hard to regain the motivation to succeed.
- Plan ahead at the beginning of each week. Set aside time throughout the week that you can commit to doing readings and completing assignments and make sure that you actually achieve your goals by the end of each week. ex. If you say you’re going to read 3 chapters, don’t read 2 and then quit. Don’t forget to set aside time for yourself as well!
- Make notes in classes-it is SO much less stressful when midterms come around, because all of your notes are already made! I know writing notes can be painful, add colours to make it more fun!
- Call your parents when you get too stressed out, they always know exactly what to say to get you back on track.
- When you’re studying, put your phone away!!!
No matter how stressed out you may get this semester, remember that although your grades are important, they do not define who you are or how much you are worth. Sometimes, trying to balance work and school and a social life can be completely overwhelming and it’s okay to feel that way.
Until next time