After recording my thoughts on the mid-semester blues and feeling bogged down by the thought of it creeping up so soon, I decided to scour the Web for tips and tricks to prevent the mid-semester blues from having an impact on me. There is no reason for students to lose steam and work less efficiently as the semester is heating up just because they feel weighed down by work. Here are the three most helpful suggestions that I plan on using to fight this season’s mid-semester slump:
- Take time to relax without feeling guilty about it. When work piles up, our stress levels go up. It seems like there is too much work to get done during daylight hours, and people begin overworking themselve
s. This can lead to unhealthy habits, like sleeping less and eating unhealthy food, which only add on more stress. So, taking some time to relax – even if it’s just for a few minutes out of the day – can leave us feeling refreshed and better equipped to get work done.
- Set goals for yourself. By setting goals, it is easier to put in perspective what exactly needs to get done. Short-term goals can include time-sensitive tasks, like studying for an exam or handing in a paper. Long-term goals can include self-imposed visions, like graduating with honors or becoming president of a campus club that you are involved in. Regardless of the type of goal, it will be rewarding to see them crossed off of your list.
- Make it fun! Motivation is easy to come across when a task is fun. While it may seem like reading 150 pages of a Physics textbook is as boring as it gets, placing a treat like a chocolate bar or small piece of candy every 50 pages may make the work more bearable, or even exciting. Finding clever ways to spice up your work can lift your spirits.