Slowing Down During Spring Semester

By: Tori

I don’t know about you, but spring semester seems to sweep the ground up from under my feet! I get caught up in the busyness of life and it’s hard to slow down. This blog post is dedicated to you, and to me, as a reminder to take a breather and to not be afraid to sit on the bench during the game of life every once in a while.

Slowing down during spring semester

Here are a few tips to tame the speed of spring semester!

  1. We’ve all heard of spring cleaning. While it sounds like a lot of work it can actually help you feel more organized and on top of your stuff.
  2. Take 20 minutes each day to slow down. The worst thing we can do to ourselves is to sacrifice all of our time for other people and not save any for ourselves. Spend at least 20 minutes each day doing something you enjoy – listen to your favorite music while you lay in bed, watch a quick episode of The Office (then turn it off immediately before you get sucked into the next episode), or paint your nails, etc.
  3. Plan ahead. I’m not talking in terms of homework, I’m talking about doing something each week that gets you out and about. Go to a movie, plan a fun roommate date up the shore…plan ahead so you have something to look forward to that gets you motivated during the week
  4. Disconnect. Part of the reason we feel so busy is because we are too busy on our phones! Take a break from your phone – leave it at home, read a book instead of an Instagram post, etc.

These next few weeks I plan to take these to heart, and I hope you join me! Let’s tame the semester together!

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Unplug and Reset

By: Heidi

Coming back from a school break can be a stressful and overwhelming time. You may have just had a week off and were busy traveling or you were enjoying your time relaxing at home. At this point in the semester, a lot of people are referring to it as “crunch time” and things are “getting real.”

With the overwhelming feeling of so many to-do’s, you may be left feeling with no idea where to start.

First, breathe. Second, map out all of the important due dates you have. Once you have an idea of the timeline you’ll be on you can create a day-to-day and week-by-week guide as to how you will be managing your time in the most efficient way.

With all of the assignments, readings, and projects, it feels like you can never be doing enough school.

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. by Anne Lamott

There are many benefits to unplugging and taking a step back from school work. Powering down will allow you time to create rather than consume. If you think about it, the majority of our time is either spent consuming or creating. Allow yourself to take a break to build relationships, create hobbies, or forge a relationship with the community.

Here are some ways to practice taking a break and recalibrate yourself to be the best version of yourself.

  1. Get some fresh air and go for a walk
  2. Free write in your journal
  3. Cook a new recipe you’ve been wanting to try
  4. Sign up for a fitness class you’ve never tried before
  5. Donate clothes you don’t wear anymore
  6. Write down your current short-term and long-term goals

Take these ideas and run with them, or let them inspire you to create new ideas of your own to engage in. Although we are all at school with the common goal to get an education, allowing yourself time to take a break is just as important.

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How To Unplug

By: Megan

As we’re getting into the swing of the semester, I think we all start to feel a bit of a strain. Our classes are starting to test us, projects get underway, and our student organizations start throwing all these events. Where do you get enough time to do everything? Short answer: I have no idea. Long answer: figure out what’s important, and let yourself take time off. Here are some ideas on how to step back that apply now, and will apply even more as we move on from college and head into the workforce.

How to unplug

Actually unplug

How long have you been away from the internet in the last 24 hours? I’m guessing not long. Being constantly connected is a thing in today’s world, but that can get draining, especially when it means we’re not spending our time actually focusing on one thing. So take some time and go offline. Don’t sit in front of your computer all day. Let your group members know not to expect you to respond at certain times, and don’t check your email or texts. Start setting some boundaries in your work and play life.

Plan your time, and stick to it

If we’re not in front of our computers all day, how in the world are we supposed to get everything done? It’s simple: actually do what you mean to do when you get in front of one. It’s hard, but it can be done. Imagine your boss or instructor is looking over your shoulder and actually focus on your work. Get what you need to done, and then you can play. Of course, I don’t mean to continually work until you finish, even if it takes all night. Take breaks, but don’t let those breaks turn into an hour of web-surfing.

Reboot

Sometimes there’s no chance of things slowing down. You get projects that stack up on each other, the busy season at work, or 4 tests in one day. That’s life. But you still need time to take care of you. Even if you think you have no time, you need it. Take a space and make it a stress free zone. Leave your stress outside, and focus on you. Whatever it is that calms you down, take some time and do it. You’ll thank yourself later.

College isn’t so different from a “real-world” job. It has its ups and downs, and sometimes we let it take over. In order to be our best however, we need to spend some time making sure that we stay healthy. So take these tips, and try applying them one at a time. Change happens slowly, but if you keep applying yourself to it, hopefully you’ll be able to evaluate what you need and make sure you get it.

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