The Calm Before the Storm

A mental guide to Midterms

Mid-January has come at last, along with the stress, anxiety, and lots of flashcards.
It’s midterms Y’all.

As dreaded as exams are, in order to succeed in this week-long marathon, students need to prepare now. There are certain study tips and tricks that revolve around being organized, taking breaks, and a clean work space, and while these are all excellent tips, they’re not the most effective. Yes, it is important to know where all those grammar worksheets went, but midterm prep plus everyday homework, sports, and extracurricular, the student mind can get very overwhelmed very shortly. Whether it’s a freshman trying to understand their first exams, or a senior trying extra hard to get that 85, midterms take a toll on the mind, body, and soul. While this is an obvious fact all students know, keeping cool and collected during midterms is something we forget often. Students spend sleepless nights preparing, studying, and organizing themselves for a determined A. We all know this is unhealthy, but with the pressure to have perfect exam grades, students put their studies before themselves. Students can still do well on midterms, without sacrificing their mental stability. Follow these tips for a healthier midterm experience.
Drink Water
An obvious fact but while cramming in every common chemistry compounds, don’t forget about H2O. Being dehydrated leads to headaches and a weary body, so bring a water bottle everywhere you go. To see if you’re dehydrated try the skin test: Use two fingers to pinch up some skin on the back of your hand, then let the skin go. The skin should spring back to its normal position in less than a couple of seconds. If the skin returns to normal more slowly, you might be dehydrated.
Don’t Study in Your Bed                                                                                                             Your bed is made for sleeping and nothing else. By studying on the comfy surface, students will tend to fall asleep and miss prime studying hours. Try going to the dining table, the coach, or even the floor for a more productive study session.
Third-Eye Meditation
Feel a stress headache coming on? Locate the middle of your forehead, and gently rub in circular motions for about two minutes. As humans, we hold lots of stress in our foreheads, shoulders, and neck, so if you can massage those areas for even a few seconds, the body will be more relaxed and you’ll be on your way to acing that English exam.
Every Hour Stretch
Adding on to number three, stretching the body can also be a relaxing and more beneficial way to study. Between subjects, or every hour, get away from your study materials, and just stretch. The body needs 30 seconds to realize it is being pulled, so make sure your actions are effective.
Get Away From Studying
Set a time or benchmark for when you want to go to bed, and stop studying an hour before then. Along with this, don’t use any electronics in this hour. By staying away from these materials you’ll fall asleep faster, resulting in a better nights sleep and a more productive study session the following day. Not sure what to do before bed? Take a shower, do some yoga, read a book you like, or even color your stress away.
This midterm season, take care of yourself East Lyme, and not just your grades.

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