How to successfully cope with end of semester stress
By Dean DeLucia, Not a Doctor
As the year is coming to an end, we are all crammed with work, tests and trying to spend the most time with our friends before we head home. With all of these responsibilities you must be feeling quite stressed. But don’t worry, there is no reason to be stressed anymore!
The first step is to make sure you write down everything you have to do for that day, or week. Once you have mapped out the amount of hours it will take you for each activity, you must then prioritize. Make sure you understand the importance of each thing cause if not that could really mess up your schedule. After it is all written out you should stare at the paper for a good 30 minutes so you have the schedule memorized. If you have it memorized then you don’t need to waste time looking at the sheet, this is called being “efficient”.
Once it is stuck in your brain, go get something to eat at Servo. Talking to friends and eating a good meal will help you realize how much you are procrastinating. Head back to your room and get ready to get the work done. In order to feel good about yourself you should probably get your laundry done so you can have a nice clean start to the day. While you’re sitting around during the time intervals of the washer and dryer, you should know that is not enough time to sit down and do work. While you wait you should probably watch some TV, text some friends, or if it’s a nice day out just sit outside and work on your tan. When the laundry comes out you should definitely fold it, which will take 15-20 minutes depending on the amount of laundry you have.
Now, obviously you’re pretty tired from all that folding so now its time for you to take a nap. Make sure it’s at least an hour long but you can always go longer than that. After your nap its time for Servo again and you need to eat some dinner. In order to continue this stress free day you should head on back after dinner and take a nice warm shower so you can feel ready to hit the books. Now you’re probably thinking to yourself that you have a lot more work than you realized, but since your day has already been so productive, you can put it off until tomorrow. Keep in mind that finals are about a month away, but don’t keep it in mind too much. Worrying gives you wrinkles and between all your laundry and Netflix you definitely don’t have time to apply anti-wrinkle cream. Congratulations, you have officially coped with stress!
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