We know that studying can be stressful at times, and sometimes it feels like it’s taking up most of your days. With this week being THRIVE, we wanted to reach out and remind everyone that there are a many different ways to thrive on campus! Learning to balance your personal life and academics is really important to thriving. Here are some tips to help:
- Look forward to something every day. Not every day has to be doom and gloom. Part of the university experience is to enjoy your time here. So, to make sure that you’re staying balanced, plan one thing that excites you every day. It could be grabbing coffee with a friend you haven’t seen in a while, watching a movie that you’ve been waiting for, or even just some time to yourself.
- Plan it out. The usual student course load is around 4-6 courses a term. This is a lot to organize, on top of extracurriculars, social obligations, eating well and sleeping. It can be easy for some tasks to slip through the cracks. Make a list of everything you would like to accomplish today, this week, this month, and even further. This way, you can keep track of everything that is on your schedule, without making it too overwhelming. You can even try calendar blocking (link to other blog) as a time management technique.
- Move your mind. Sometimes, the best way to retain information is actually to take a step back from the books. Exercise can help with memory by reducing insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and trigger the release of growth factors. It also can help boost your mood, keeping you motivated during these hard times, and help with your sleep.
- Get some shuteye. No matter how tempting it is to study through the night before a big exam, it can actually be worse for you in the long term. Sleep leads to memory consolidation, which is vital for your understanding of the content. Studies have shown that students who slept for 9 hours within a 24-hour window had higher GPAs than those who slept 6 hours or less.
Despite what you think about university, we at Campus Wellness really want you to enjoy your time here, learn as much as you can, and be healthy while you do it! Remember that your mental health is something to prioritize, even when you’re busy and feeling overwhelmed. At university, we don’t want you to just survive, we want you to thrive; and we’re here to support you as much as we can.