IT’S DECEMBER! IT’S DECEMBER! IT’S DECEMBER!
If you didn’t already know, the holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. I love everything about it; the music, family and friends, hot cocoa and tea, decorating the house, festive sweaters, I LOVE IT ALL!
As I’ve gotten older, however, I’ve realized that the holiday season isn’t merely fun and games. I now have to do a lot of work before I can start celebrating. Yep, you guessed it: finals.
It’s awfully hard for me to focus on school when the holidays are so tauntingly close, and I often find myself losing focus when I need it the most. So, I’ve compiled a list of assorted hints and advice that will hopefully help you stay focused, energized, and organized during these next few hectic weeks. Unless of course you are a professional at handling these sorts of things with complete ease and if that’s the case, teach me your ways. Please.
1. Make lists.
Put your planner to use. Find some way to de-jumble all of your thoughts and deadlines and schedules. I always make lists when I’m feeling stressed out or down in the dumps; it helps to put everything into one spot. My lists are usually quite random, but they never fail me. I’ve got lists ranging from to-do’s all the way to things I need to look forward to in order to keep my spirits up. Writing things down is relaxing to me so go ahead and give it a try!
2. Don’t overload.
Too many times I’ve caught myself trying to do everything at once and it’s very overwhelming. Now I will admit that I can be quite the procrastinator, but that’s a habit most people can’t seem to break. So I’m here to tell you that it’s okay if you left that paper til the night before it’s due, it happens friend. Just try to make sure that you don’t leave every little thing to the last second because you will certainly regret it when it’s 3 in the morning and you don’t remember the last time you blinked.
3. Take breaks.
This correlates to the last point I made in that it’s perfectly okay (and probably even healthy) to take a break every once in a while. Take a nap, watch an episode on Netflix, bake some cookies, whatever. It’s pure torture to sit and do homework or study for hours on end without taking a step back. Rejuvenate your mind! And please try not to feel guilty in the process.
4. Stay hydrated.
This one doesn’t necessarily have to do with studying, but it’s something that I’ve found is really helpful in all aspects of my life. They (who exactly are “they,” I’m not sure) say that you should drink about 2 liters of water every day. I’ve very recently started doing this and I can attest to all the benefits of it. Not only do I feel healthier and my skin looks clearer, but it also keeps me energized.
5. Stay social.
I understand that it’s difficult to maintain a social life when you’re so busy that you hardly even have time to breathe, but I find it really helpful to just simply keep in contact with friends or family. Shoot your friend a text, ask them how they are, strike up a conversation with someone, any little thing helps. I personally enjoy the presence of a close friend when I’m feeling overwhelmed, as it’s very calming for me. Just try not to isolate yourself because that’s when the anxiety and loneliness start to creep in.
I hope these are of help in these next few weeks! And remember, I’m always here for a chat if you need one. Good luck to everyone and just think-we’re one day closer to the holidays!