Hello, all! Midterms are right around the corner, and you know what that means…pulling all-nighters, eating ungodly amounts of ramen and chocolate, and, of course, deciding to give up on education and become a hobo.
College (and high school) kids are notorious for stressing about exams, and I am definitely guilty of this as well. It’s all well and good to say that GPA doesn’t matter…but it kinda does, especially in the 21st century where a bachelor’s degree is the new high school diploma.
Regardless, it’s important to take breaks whilst cramming your heart out, and these are my favorite ways to do so. Lemme know in the comments below how you relax during midterms!
1. Work out.
Yup, I’m one of those annoying brats who enjoy dripping sweat and aching muscles. Even a quick 30 minute session of dancing or crunches is enough to revitalize me, and the endorphin rush that exercise produces is always a plus. Also, you get to look hot even when you’re dying on the inside. 😉
2. Go for a walk.
Similar to Number 1, going for a walk helps maintain your overall fitness. However, I go for walks mainly for the fresh air – if you’ve ever been inside a campus library from October – November, then you’d have experienced the overwhelming stench of pure fear and anxiety that perforates the atmosphere. I try to go for a mile walk around the city, and (actually every day, regardless of testing schedules), I will walk to school.
3. Hang out with friends…
But with a time constraint. I like to promise myself an hour of socializing for every five I spend intensely studying – and once I get that hour, I really enjoy it. Whether it’s Netflix night or going out for Thai, it’s always good to give yourself a break, both physical and mental. You’re only young once!
4. Indulge (a little).
After a hard night of studying, I will literally fill up the tub, slap on a face mask, and blissfully sit in near-boiling water for half an hour. If I’m being perfectly honest, the last thing I want to think about during midterms is my complexion, and so I try to make sure I don’t stress-break-out. Just make sure that your version of indulging doesn’t leave you feeling worse than when you started (aka don’t eat two pints of ice cream in two hours).
The best way to de-stress during midterm season is to know that you know the content on the exam. I want to be able to walk confidently into a test room, without having to cram, and so I make sure that I’m taking steps to achieve that mental state. It might mean that I hide out in my room for the entire month, but by also engaging in Steps 1-4, I reach a pretty healthy balance between intense focusing, and productive chill time.