If you’re a college student you’re most likely stressed. With so many exams and papers to write, no wonder you’re on the verge of burning out. While it’s true that continuing like this for a long time is not healthy, it is definitely doable.
The great thing is that you don’t have to continue like this. You don’t have to worry as much. You don’t have to be anxious about the smallest assignments. You can actually take time to recharge your batteries and become more energetic. This will not only improve your mood but help you boost your grades and ace your exams.
Here are some ways you can become more energetic:
1. Get enough sleep
The most important thing is to get enough sleep each night. If you’re not resting long enough, your body will feel tired regardless of any supplements you may take. Sleep keeps your circadian rhythm balanced, helps you go through REM and thus get more energy and allows you to function properly throughout the day. Whatever you do, make sure you get enough sleep.
2. Manage your time
Lacking time-management skills can be detrimental to your well-being. Without an organized schedule you won’t be able to sleep enough, rest enough, walk enough, eat enough, etc. You’ll always be in a rush, ready to go somewhere and never satisfied with your free time. Learn how to manage your time properly by establishing a routine that works for you, preparing “to-do” lists, getting rid of timewasters and delegating tasks whenever you can.
Believe it or not, exercising keeps you going. The more you exercise, the better you feel. Many studies show that there’s a strong correlation between daily exercise and stress, so working out should be on your priority list. You could hit the gym, go for a jog, run with your dog or start playing a sport. Whatever you choose, know that it will boost your academic performance and keep you highly energized.
4. Get sunlight
Your body reinvigorates in the presence of the sun, so make sure you expose yourself to it as often as possible. The more sunlight you get, the more energetic you will feel. You don’t have to wait for summer. Even during the winter you can go outside and enjoy some cold, fresh air while walking in the sunlight. The sun is a great source of vitamin D.
5. Take walks
Walking feels amazing and it helps you become more present. Make time for daily walks (either alone or with friends) and see where your energy takes you. Don’t pick a destination, let yourself flow freely and see where you end up. Some days you might be surprised to have come across an ice cream truck, other times you might find yourself walking by a river. Explore and let go, breathe and reconnect.
6. Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is an essential technique that speaks to your soul. It helps you reconnect to your inner self and learn how to be more present. You can practice mindfulness in a number of ways. You might want to start with a 10-minute morning meditation. Practice this for a week and see how your days change.
7. Take breaks
Don’t forget to take breaks between your study sessions. Study for 50 minutes and then take a 10-minute break. During your break, do something relaxing, don’t just scroll on social media!
As a student you’ve got a lot on your mind; journaling might ease the stress. Start by writing down your emotions and feelings about the days that have passed. How do you feel about them? How do you feel about yourself? Is there anything you’d change in your life? If so, why and how?
9. Listen to music
Listen to relaxing music while studying. Classical music is your best go-to, but you can also pick some instrumental music if you prefer.
10. Use less caffeine
Using less caffeine makes you more energetic. Try to stick to one cup of coffee per day and avoid foods or sweets that contain caffeine or too much sugar.