September 27, 2008 11:13 AM

Destress

I know everyone's really stressed out about midterms and papers right now, but I just wanted to tell you guys to take a break. You won't fail your midterm just because you didn't study every single possible minute. Trust me, pulling an all-nighter does not work. You end up zoning out a third of the way through the exam.

So, when you're feeling overwhelmed and you feel like you can't shove any more information into your brain, take a break and relax for a bit...not too long, but long enough to destress your system so you can study some more! Here are some things you can do to destress:

Short Breaks:

1) walk outside and breath in some fresh air
-you probably haven't seen daylight for a while now...the library's lights do not count

2) eat a comforting snack
-a cup of hot chocolate?

3) listen to some music
-beware, soothing music might put you to sleep and catchy tunes might get stuck in your head

4) have a quick chat and laugh with your roomate
-plan out what you guys can do after the first round of midterms :)

5) short nap, about 15-30 minutes
-power naps can really help you restart your system. You'll wake up refreshed and ready to study some more...

Long Breaks:

1) watch a movie, preferrable one that isn't thought-provoking
-I watched the Disney/Pixar movie "Cars" the other day (my little brother's recommendation). I actually really like it. It was so nice to just take a break from all the studying and laugh at cartoons.

2) go out to eat
-call some friends up and go treat yourself to a nice meal...you haven't aced the midterm, yet, but you still deserve something for the effort so far

3) take a walk or play some sports
-the adrenaline rush will energize you!

I hope these suggestions will come in handy. Good luck on your midterms, everyone!!!


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