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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Unfortunately, that nice, long five-week break is over for college students. Gone (for the next four months) are the days of sleeping for as long as you wanted, going to the gym for as long as you wanted, and not having any lingering class projects hanging over your head. Returning to school and resuming classes after a long break can bring up mixed emotions. According to Reachout.com, several common feelings associated with this change include stress or anxiousness (especially about new classes), feelings of excitement to see friends, feeling sad or down because break is over, and pressure about school and course loads.
No matter what the feelings are, as college students, we don’t have a choice but to return to beloved McConnell, Kingsbury, Ham-Smith, or even Gregg Hall. Yet there are things you can do in order to decrease your stress levels and increase your mental health. Try some of the tips below to keep your mind healthy and help you start of the semester and the New Year right:
- Exercise and eat well!
- Set semester goals - they can be academic goals you’d like to achieve or even separate personal goals.
- Get involved in activities (other than academics) that interest you …but remember time management!
- Break the ice in class - Don’t be afraid to take a coffee break of set up study groups with new classmates.
- Have something to look forward to - this will help ease the idea of all the school work and keep you motivated. It can be something as big as spring break or as small as a dinner date with your roommates!
For more helpful tips on a variety of stressful situations and arising problems for college students, check out these articles on the Ecampustours website for topics such as roommate issues, budgeting, and study habits.
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