Story by Maddy Williams | Contributing Writer
Midterms are approaching, leading to increased stress for students. It’s important to take care of your mental health in the midst of the deadlines.
While it’s important to turn in your assignments on time and study for your upcoming exams, you can’t sacrifice rest and taking care of yourself.
Make to-do lists that include assignments that must be completed that day as well as tasks you hope to complete if you have spare time. Schedule breaks from your work every hour to keep you from losing motivation.
Take at least 15 to 30 minutes of time for yourself each day. Read a book, watch your favorite show, or go workout. Do anything that you enjoy and that helps you to feel recharged.
Physical exercise can help you to gain energy and reduce stress. MTSU’s Campus Recreation offers both a gym and workout classes to fit your interests.
Keep a consistent schedule when possible. Wake up around the same time each day, schedule time for all three meals, and go to sleep at a decent hour each night.
Sleep is far too often sacrificed during midterms for many students. Without rest, your body doesn’t function to its full potential. Getting seven to nine hours of sleep each night will reduce anxiety and help you to focus on your exams.
Study in a calm environment. Whether it’s the library or your bedroom, find a place where you feel comfortable and motivated. Find the place that keeps you focused and on task.
When you feel anxious, try breathing exercises or meditation. YouTube has a wide range of guided meditations to choose from. The Headspace app also offers free guided meditations.
Counseling is another great outlet for students who may find themselves overwhelmed with anxiety or lacking motivation during midterms.
If you don’t have time to schedule an appointment or attend the workshop, TAO is a free online counseling service provided by MTSU. Students can complete guided exercises online as well as speak to counselor for 10-15 minutes.
If you feel burnt out on exams and assignments, know you aren’t alone. Make sure to take care of yourself during midterm week and enjoy your upcoming Spring Break.