It’s that time of year again. Halfway through spring semester means the final midterms of some Badgers’ Snow College career. Being so close to the end can mean the stress being even harsher as students do everything possible to ensure graduation. However, there are many techniques that one can use to provide relief from this stress.
Get some fresh air: “When I get too stressed, I take my longboard and just ride around campus,” said Cameron Wilde. “The fresh air keeps my brain going and helps me focus on what I need to do.”
Get some exercise: “[When I’m stressed] I usually try to find a way to be active,” said Harmony Beck. “Anything to get my blood moving and my mind clear.”
Get enough sleep: According to the American Psychological Association, “[m]any report that their stress increases when the length and quality of their sleep decreases.” Not getting enough sleep contributes to stress, so to reduce stress levels, get more sleep.
Take breaks: “I always take breaks while studying to make sure I’m not overworking myself,” said Crystal Butler. Taking short breaks while studying help the material sink in while not letting the new material go over your head.
Pamper yourself: I am a big fan of pampering myself when I get stressed. I watch a chick flick, paint my nails, do a facial, take a bubble bath with Zen Tranquility music playing, have a cup of mint tea, and go to bed. This always reduces my stress and helps me feel better about myself, a positive plus.
Get out and enjoy yourself: “Most of the time [when I get stressed], I will either play video games, exercise, play guitar, or hang out with my friends,” said Jason Wente. “The best thing you can do is to remember that your stress is only temporary and to not let it completely overwhelm you.”
For extreme cases, go to the Wellness Center: The Counseling and Wellness Center staff is trained to help students through anything they may need. If stress levels have reached an extreme high, they would be glad to talk students through it and give more advice on how to push through.
Stress levels from midterms, and the dreaded upcoming finals, affect everyone on campus, both student and professor alike, but no one has to be thrust down because of it! Keep pushing through, Badgers, and conquer those dreaded midterms.