Designate time to do your work and give yourself free time. It is helpful to plan chunks of two or three hours to truly focus on a particular project and work on it without letting your mind wander. An hour and a half of relaxation time before falling asleep is also a crucial way to decompress. Get 8-10 hours of sleep. Do not let schoolwork rule your life. If you are feeling too stressed out by something give it a break and then come back to it. No class is worth your tears.
It is tempting to eat unhealthily when you are stressed out, but eating fresh fruits, veggies and plenty of protein will keep your body in tiptop shape and help you stay focused. Trail mix, apples and almond butter, yogurt and carrots and hummus are good snacks to have on hand. Stay hydrated – if you are drinking caffeinated beverages drink extra aqua.
Do not stop exercising. Use your exercise time as a break from schoolwork and as a way to release stress. Outdoor yoga sessions, bike rides and runs will cause your skin to absorb vitamin D – proven to increase happiness.
Hang out with them, do work with them and get coffee with them – do not isolate yourself. Stay away from social media – it is a distraction from schoolwork. Midterms and finals status updates are passé anyway.
Reward yourself for reaching your midterm or thesis goals each day. This reward could be a walk to the bay, watching your favorite TV show, a donut delight, a trip to the beach or doing your favorite silly walk across campus.
Let your heavy workload be a golden opportunity to explore new music.
Be sensitive to your emotional needs and do not ignore them. Never ignore them. Always nourish your