Getting through


Daniel Reche

Taking a walk is one way experts recommend to destress. If you are worried about getting “stuck inside your own head,” listen to music while you walk.

  1. Say “yes” to the things you want to do:
  • Hobbies, hanging out with friends, anything—make time for the things you love. This isn’t slacking off—it’s giving yourself a break to be everything but a student for a small part of your day.
  1. Have a change of scenery:
  • Your regular study spot can get tedious to work in. Get up, and if you can, work outside, in your living room, maybe at a restaurant with Wi-Fi—anywhere that is different. New experiences or “daily exploration of our physical environment” can invoke positive emotions and well-being, per researchers for New York University.
  1. Stay “unplugged” in the morning:
  • This can be hard with waking up so early, but try to avoid going on your phone and rushing straight into a routine; make your bed, get your bag ready, slowly wake up and have some time to yourself.
  1. Take breaks:
  • Walk around, talk to somebody, go outside—just get up and active occasionally. Typically, breaks every 1-2 hours during studying is recommended as you don’t want to burn yourself out.
  1. Mind-Body connection:
  • Stretching, meditation, or yoga is great for getting your mind and body right. Such things can help you to stop thinking so much, and to be more present in the moment. Additionally, you can take advantage of those oh-so-short 6 hours of sleep by providing yourself with a more restful, calm night.
  1. A clean space = A happy mind:
  • Sometimes it is hard to keep track of the spaces around you because you just “don’t have the time” to prioritize such things—get out of that mindset! It’s okay to prioritize your spaces! It doesn’t have to be fully organized, just enough so that you feel accomplished. This can also bring confidence back up if you feel unproductive.
  1. Take care of your physical health:
  • All aspects of health are important, not just mental health. Work out, go on runs, go on hikes—anything to take stress levels down with physical activity can give you a clear mind to get schoolwork done efficiently.
  1. Taking time—at night—for yourself:
  • Journaling can be especially helpful, but this can include anything that you enjoy (preferably off of devices). Write about anything on your mind or write to organize your thoughts. Don’t knock it till you try it!