Midterms, holiday breaks, and taking care of yourself

Stressed FroggyNovember and December bring more than cooler weather and the anticipation of fluffy snow. The fall and early winter months are among the most stressful for students as they prepare for midterms and finals while fighting the excitement of Thanksgiving and Christmas break. While studying and maintaining high grades is important, it is equally important that students put as much attention and care toward their well-being.

A healthy lifestyle is a good start.  This means eating right, getting enough sleep, and doing things that invigorate (i.e. take brisk walk, take a tub-soak break, socialize –not to be confused with partying!).

The Anxiety and Depression Association of American recommends:

  • Take a time-out
  • Eat well-balanced meals
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Exercise daily
  • Take deep breaths
  • Count to 10 slowly
  • Do your best
  • Accept that you cannot control everything
  • Welcome humor
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Get involved
  • Learn what triggers your anxiety
  • Talk to someone
  • Get help online

The full article includes an expanded discussion of each of the above points with recommendations on what you can do to reduce stress in your daily life. Whatever you are facing, never feel ashamed to ask for help… to admit you are human. After all, aren’t we all!

Additional reading:

Badger, Jordan L. and Morrell, Jesse, “The Relationship Between Healthy Lifestyle Factors and Perceived Stress among College Students” (2016). Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) Student Presentations. Paper 11. http://scholars.unh.edu/urc/11

“Tips to manage anxiety and stress” (2016), Anxiety and Depression Association of America. https://www.adaa.org/tips-manage-anxiety-and-stress

 

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