As we approach our fourth week of school and our internships and organizations begin to take off, some of us may already be feeling the build up of a stressful semester. A new semester means new opportunities to do well and succeed, but when stress starts to become too much, it’s time for us to put ourselves before our work. Nothing good comes from stress, so it’s important that you take the necessary steps to keep it from affecting you.
Make a plan. Be aware of all the things you have going on and when they need to be completed. I know it’s easy to procrastinate, but it will only hurt you later. Make yourself a written list so you don’t forget anything, and give yourself the amount of time you’ll need to complete your work.
Take a break. It’s easy to feel like this could be impossible when you’re swamped with work and responsibilities. Take a second to walk away from the computer screen to give yourself time to regroup and clear your head. Something as little as a 20-minute break can make all the difference.
Communicate with your teachers. If you’re not understanding something in class, or have a worry about when your assignment is due, make sure you’re clearing it up with your professors. This is their job, and they want you to ask them for help. They’ve been in our shoes, so you might be surprised that they understand where you’re coming from.
Take care of yourself. We often forget to make ourselves a priority when there’s so much going on around us. Trying to get work done when our bodies are feeling crappy feels like the biggest struggle, though. Make sure you’re making the effort to fuel yourself with healthy choices. After all, a strong and healthy mind can be unstoppable.