Fall semester is still well under-way and its important to keep things into perspective when it comes to navigating through the year. In order to stay on track this fall and "keep on, keepin' on," we've put together some of our best tips to help you stay the course.
1. Take time to enjoy
We want you to take time for yourself! With the pressure mounting and taking a full-steam ahead approach with college studies, it is important to keep in check with your mental health as well. By taking time to enjoy life and yourself, you will continue a routine of having a clearer head and a calmer mind (which can trickle into your studies as well!). It is also important that you set aside time for activities, hobbies and other projects that you enjoy. Get creative!
2. Get moving
Be active and eat well! This will aide in tip #1 as well. Physical activity stimulates healthy brain cells, increases your focus and concentration and it also boosts your mood (while ta-da! relieving stress). Exercising can in turn make you a better student, helping you to stay energized and focused throughout the semester. There are plenty of ways to get active on campus--you just have to seek them out!
3. Make connections
It's important to make connections and form friendships with those on campus. While you might get a bit homesick after the rush of being back to school has settled, the new relationships and connections you have formed will help you find others with like-interests and you might even find a new friend to enjoy a hobby with as well! We also suggest not being a stranger to your advisor or professors. These individuals can equally be a part of your support network, helping you to grow in the individual you want to be!
4. Rest and refresh
Even by doing all of the tips above, you also need to get plenty of rest and sleep! By going to bed at a regular time each day, you can practice getting better sleep (and the right amount!). Sleep is necessary to restore both your mind and body. But along with sleep, you also need to allow yourself some time to be un-focused. What we mean by that is; take time to daydream and wander! Sometimes, it is OK to add "do nothing" on the to-do list, which can help you be more productive in other ways.