Everybody knows that there is plenty of stress on college campuses today. While there are a few people, who can manage all the tests, homework, active participation on a varsity team and still have a lively social life. Although those set of people are rare to come by, many others out there need to take life in smaller chunks, or their stress level goes off the grid.
College students are faced with different stressors, but one of the most common we’ve found that almost every student is wary about is having a full schedule.
You spend a good number of hours in class during the day and doing your homework, but you also have work that needs to be done, friends to keep in touch with, sports and other activities, family, and whatnot. One can easily get overloaded with all these.
In most cases, students report feeling anxious, depressed, sick or downright overwhelmed. So, what do we suggest you do about this?
Take a break!
If you’re thinking that we’re making it sound a lot simpler than it is, the fact is in a way, we are. But when it comes down to it, you just have to hit the pause button and let yourself recover.
Personally, I’ve experienced this whole productivity recovery phenomenon first-hand. Back in my paper-writing days while in college, I’d intentionally walk away from my current writing assignment for 20 to 30 minutes, and I was always amazed at the renewed focus and effectiveness I’d discover upon my return to the task. I’d catch more errors that I hadn’t noticed previously. A fresh set of eyes and a clear mind was all I needed.
All you have to do is opt for what works for you; you can take a nap, go for a walk, read a novel, watch a movie or just do whatever you want. Whatever relaxes your mind and body. It’ll be worth it.
When you do this, you’ll notice that your studying will be much more effective.
Now, you might be wondering “How do I decide what to take a break from?”
When it comes to college, everything seems to be really important especially academically. You can’t choose to skip out on a test in order to relax your mind. Instead, skipping out on a lecture is definitely a better idea especially if you know you can get the notes at the end of the day.
Note: Advocating that student skip their classes is not really our strong suit, but sometimes it’s just the best idea.
You can also
- Cut your lunch hour short and opt for a quick nap.
- Take an hour off of writing an assignment, unless it is due in five hours, of course.
- Read a book or a nice playful novel.
While this concept may seem counterintuitive, taking a break from college stress can actually help you get more done, and make life more enjoyable at the same time. Why not give it a try – you’ll appreciate it!