Friday, February 26, 2016

How to De-Stress During Midterms

As I'm in the midst of midterms, I find myself, as I'm sure most of you are, stressing way more than usual. There are endless papers, projects, and tests and I can't help feeling like there isn't enough time in the day. I use a few different methods to take the focus away from the stress, so I thought I'd share them!

Take a Walk
As cliche as it sounds, it always helps to get fresh air. When I've been studying all day, I'll text a friend and we'll walk to Starbucks. It's the perfect way to relax and you get caffeine out of the deal!

Use a Face Mask
If you don't have a face mask, washing your face works just as well. I find that this makes me feel refreshed - almost as if I'd taken a nap!

Take a Shower
This goes along the same lines as a face mask/washing your face. If you feel super discouraged about studying, it really helps to take a shower. When I do this, I feel like I've pushed a "reset" button on my day.

Watch a TV Show
While this sounds counter-productive, it seriously helps. It's too easy to become bogged down in studying and sometimes your brain needs a break. Watch an episode or two of Friends or The Office and then get back to the grind.

Online Shop
The beauty of online shopping is the mindlessness that goes into it. Similar to the idea of watching TV as a study break, browsing through J. Crew's website gives you a moment to forget about your tests and projects.

Make a List
I personally enjoy visualizing all the things I have to do. When they're broken down into a tangible list made of check boxes, I can envision how to accomplish all of it.

Organize Your Desk
When things are messy, I get distracted easily and can't concentrate. If you take a minute or two to organize your study area, the distractions become smaller and it's easier to focus.

Hope these help!



  1. I love these tips, Caitlin! Good luck on your midterms!


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