The beginning of a new semester is always great… you join clubs, you keep yourself organized, you prioritize what needs to be prioritized, and overall you have a great mindset about the upcoming year.
Buuuuuut, then mid-semester comes, and things start to go a bit downhill- the workload starts getting harder, you begin to miss home, and things start to get stressful.
I have been spending a lot of time trying to maintain my sanity and have been trying my best to stay positive during this past couple of weeks. I really think the “mid-semester slump” is unavoidable…when it hits ya’, it hits ya… and it sucks. Here are a few different things that I do when I feel the “mid-semester slump” coming my way:
Take Care Of Yourself
Often times when things start to get stressful, the first thing to get pushed aside is your wellbeing. It’s easy to forget about taking care of your body when you are busy trying to balance a billion other things on your plate at the same time. Although it can be tough to prioritize at times, taking care of your body is a necessity. Your body does a lot for you and needs to be energized, loved, and prioritized. Some simple ways to take care of yourself include getting enough sleep, keeping up with good hygiene, fueling your body with the proper nutrients it needs, and doing things to keep yourself happy.
You should never forget to do certain things every day that makes you happy- even if times get stressful, and you are feeling down. Make sure that you are taking the time to do what you love and allotting a set amount of time in your busy schedule each day to relax, unwind, and do things that make you, you. Don’t loose yourself when things get stressful.
Like anything else in life, nothing lasts forever. Even if you think this so called “mid-semester slump” is the end of the world, and are struggling to maintain a positive mindset, try and remember this: It is perfectly normal to feel down sometimes, and a lot of college students go through the “mid-semester slump”. It is also okay to have a bad day every once in a while. Just make sure that one bad day doesn’t turn into several bad days. It’s important to not always focus on the negatives and try your best to create positives in all situations.
Plan, Plan, Plan
I can’t stress enough how much my planner helps me in basically every part of my life. Creating goals, to do lists, and planning almost everything and anything can seriously work wonders. Although it may seem tedious at times, taking the time to plan out your days and what you need to get done can lead to less stress and a better chance of actually getting things done. Did that just make sense? I feel like it totally didn’t. My point is, is that if you plan your day out ahead of time you will be on track with your life, and will have a greater chance to prioritize what needs to be prioritized.
I personally love to create to-do lists every night before I go to sleep. This allows me to envision how the following day will go and what I must do to complete all of my goals.
Know Your Worth
Just because you may be feeling down at a certain period of time does not mean that you are not an incredibly awesome individual. Know your worth, and do everything in your power to never ever ever EVER forget it. Your energy, confidence, and attitude are the things that other people interact with. You should want to prove to other people that you are awesome and that you are capable of great things. Both of these characteristics can be shown through the attitude you have, and how you carry yourself around others.
Have you ever felt the “mid-semester slump”?! What do you do to conquer it?