The buildup has all been rather alarming. Freezing up with stress and panic won’t help accomplish what needs to get done. Yet here I am, freezing up with stress and panic. Here some important things that I am not doing to make the end of the semester go smoothly and calmly:
Find a quiet space to do your work. You’ll likely be more productive and, importantly, efficient. This ensures you have the breathing room to finish your assignments and keep up your personal health.
Eat meals and get sleep. Even if you have to leave a task unfinished for the next day, it’s good to go ahead and let it wait. It’s not worth losing an entire day of work to physical illness just to get the last few problems done on a math homework due in a few days.
Spend at least half an hour a day talking to other people. I’ve holed myself up for the better portion of the last three days and the lack of human contact is more draining than you’d expect. Talking with friends can reduce your stress (since you can both vent about how much you have to do), make you happier and give you some much-needed perspective. That said, try to keep these interactions in the real world--hours can get sucked into Facebook and sometimes the catharsis is not worth the time commitment.
Finally, remember that it’s gonna end. You’ll get grades and move on with your life either way. The stress isn’t forever.
Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and have a healthy, productive end of the semester!
-- Joanna Slusarewicz