Managing Mid-Semester Stress
Congratulations Wahoos! You have officially reached the midway point of the semester. Although you have made it this far already, the end of the semester may still feel like a long way away. While stress is an inevitable part of college life, here are some tips for you to learn how to manage it more effectively:
1. Get Some Exercise
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. Even during stressful periods, such as midterms, it is important that you are still staying active. Take advantage of Intramural-Recreational Sports' many facilities and feel the stress leave your body!
2. Take a Break to Talk With Friends
If catching up with friends is not part of your normal routine, then make sure to include time for this despite your hectic schedule. You can even grab a group of your closest friends and head on over to one of our Group Exercise classes! These classes usually run for no more than one hour, making them the perfect study breaks. Check out the schedule here.
3. Plan Some Alone Time
Mindfulness is a great way to relieve stress and improve sleep during stressful periods of the semester. Practice deep breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation and you will be much happier with your academics and fitness progress.
4. Remember to Eat Healthy
It is especially important to eat healthy when you are stressed out. Instead of reaching for that sugary snack, try choosing the healthier option. In addition, make sure that you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables to keep up your metabolism and motivation. Have any questions about eating healthy? Schedule a nutrition consultation session with one of our registered dieticians.
5. Make Time for Sleep
Research suggests that pulling all-nighters and cramming to finish tasks is ineffective when it comes to retaining information. When you feel tired or are having trouble concentrating, take a short break and walk around Grounds. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night!
6. Maintain Faith in Yourself
Remember that you are a very special individual and deserve only the best treatment from yourself and others. Keep your chin up and know that life will be full of challenges, but without setbacks, success would never be as rewarding. Relish your time at the University, rise to the challenge, and know that you will always have the support and love of the Wahoo community.
“Give about two of hours every day to exercise; for health must not be sacrificed to learning. A strong body makes the mind strong.” – Thomas Jefferson
Maddie Devine is a third-year student in the College and a member of the IM-Rec Sports marketing team.