The last few weeks leading up until the end of university are always stressful. You’re busy cramming for exams and submitting final assignments, which can leave little time for anything else. The completion of this hectic period always comes as a great relief, but it’s important to make the most of your time off.
Here’s five ways you can ensure you’ll come back next semester in a good frame of mind.
Catch up on sleep
It’s a fair assumption that you’ve probably been spending plenty of late nights cramming for exams. Now that they are done and dusted, it’s a good chance to get some well-deserved rest and return to a regular kind of sleep pattern, one that doesn’t involve poring over textbooks after midnight!
It won’t only be your sleeping habits that have suffered. Inevitably, your diet will be less than ideal when you’re ultra-busy, with takeaway, pre-packaged meals and snacks high in sugar often the norm. Now that you’ve got more time on your hands, you can load up on fresh fruit and vegetables, and focus on nutritious, balanced dishes.
You’re probably sick of staring at your computer screen, so why not take the opportunity to head somewhere you’ve never been before. A change of scenery is a great way to freshen up and there is no shortage of options – go camping in the bush, cruise down the coast or visit a town you’ve heard good things about.
Turn off your email
Keeping abreast of everything regarding your education is very important but at the end of semester, it will do you the world of good to turn off your email notifications for a few weeks. This gives you a chance to withdraw completely from the stresses of studying, so that when you switch your email back on, you will be refreshed and ready to go.
Exercise is something else that may have taken a backseat throughout exams, but there’s no reason this trend should continue during the holidays. Get active by playing for a local sports team, going for a hike or joining a gym. If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can start training for a marathon or triathlon!