It’s midterm season- and you know what that means. Caffeine overload, the realization that you started studying way too late, and stress. Lots and lots of stress.
Sound familiar? FEAR NOT- years of test taking anxiety have given me the perfect routine to de-stress, recuperate, and truly kick midterm season’s butt.
First things first: calm dowwwwwwwn. Stress and anxiety often trigger a poor sleeping routine, stress pimples, and a cluttered mind. When you know you’re about to have a lot to do in the upcoming weeks, prepare yourself in every way you can. Do a hair mask (Coconut oil in dry hair overnight makes your hair silky smooth, and it smells sooo yummy) and a face scrub (mix honey, sugar, and coconut butter together- super easy & super moisturizing!!). Both these things will help you feel more refreshed and awake when getting ready to study.
Cut back on the coffee– before you ask for a triple shot of espresso at Starbucks to try to get you through the day, try something new- Green & Jasmine tea have an ample amount of caffeine, and are a lot better for your health and less addictive than a cup of Joe. My favorite is Mighty Leaf’s Jasmine Fancy Tea.
Instead of reaching for candy or soda when you’re hungry and studying– which usually give you a short-lived sugar high and a strong crash- reach for a clementine, banana, blueberry, or apricot. These fruits give you the same sugar content without the crash. And, of course, so much healthier!
Get organized: scheduling is so important when you have busy weeks coming up. Invest in a planner, and use it. Write out what you have to do, but make it reasonable. Space it out, and definitely give yourself free time. I also tend to make a checklist because I absolutely love the feeling of crossing something off the list and feeling accomplished.
Lastly, and definitely the most important: please remember that your health is always top priority. Do your best and that will forever be good enough. You’ll get through it because you are strong, smart, and beautiful.
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