Top 5 Self-Care Tips to Get You Through These Last Few Weeks

The end of semester can be filled with stress and anxiety. With exams coming up and final essays due, the last few weeks can feel overwhelming. When you start feeling overwhelmed, your health can be affected in negative ways. That is why it is important to practice self-care. Dr. Stine Linden-Andersen, Dean of Student Affairs, tells us about how students at Bishop’s can take care of themselves during this time. Read what she said below!

Dr. Stine Linden-Andersen, Dean of Student Affairs at Bishop’s

Take a Break

Even if it is the middle of the exam season, it is important for you to have breaks in your study schedule. Whether you study for 15 minutes and take a break for 10, or study for 30 minutes and break for 15, you need to schedule time for yourself. Breaks give you some time off and lets you know you can step away from your work without feeling guilty. Create small, manageable breaks that will encourage you to take it easy and clear your mind for when you sit back at your desk to continue studying. Use little encouragements to drive you forward. For example, when I was a student working on my dissertation I would write a paragraph and then eat a gummy bear. I would do this to encourage myself to continue with my work. Setting these kinds of goals and rewards help avoid the feeling of helplessness.

Exercise

We know there are health benefits that come from exercise. The release of endorphins and physical activity itself helps your body in ways that will reduce the stress you feel. What is important to consider when finding the best exercise routine is to go with what works with you. If you go to the gym every day and want to pump some irons, then go ahead! If you are not as athletic, take a walk instead. No matter what you decide to do, it is recommended that you do 20-30 minutes of exercise a day. Prioritizing exercise in your schedule is a good way to maintain your mental health and is a good investment to your overall health. You can even think and reflect on your course material while exercising!

Reach Out

Sometimes we cut our socializing when we are stressed, but it is important to socialize. If you do not spend time with others, you become isolated and that can turn into a vicious cycle. It can be easy to forget that during these times you are all in the same soup. Everyone reacts differently to the stresses of exam season, but it is important to reach out and stand together. There are many ways you can integrate socializing in your studying schedule. For example, if you study for one hour go out for a coffee with friends as a reward.

Laugh Out Loud

Smiling and laughing releases endorphins, which in turn brings benefits that reduce stress. Whether you want to watch a stand-up comedy show, hang out with a friend that makes you laugh, or putting on your favourite comedy movie on TV, laughing is a great inoculation against stress.

Do You!

Be kind and compassionate towards yourself. It is easy to be kind to others, and often we are more than willing to help a friend in need and encourage them, but we forget to take care of ourselves. Often we are hard on ourselves because we think it will help us achieve more and strive for bigger heights, but research says otherwise. Show yourself the same compassion you would to someone else. Find something for you: adopt a pet, go to the movies, take a bubble bath, the choices are limitless. Find something that is specific to you and your personal universe.

 

For more information on Bishop’s University’s counselling services: https://www.ubishops.ca/future-current-students/student-campus-life/student-services/counselling/

Do you want to hire a tutor to help with your studying? For more information on Peer Tutoring: https://www.ubishops.ca/future-current-students/student-campus-life/student-services/peer-tutoring/

 

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