Ah yes, the dreaded mid-semester slump.
It’s something that seems to affect every college student at some point or another. One week you’re flying high, thinking that you have all of your classes under control, and then BAM! There goes your motivation out the window. If you don’t take action, your grades could suffer and no one wants that to happen!
Instead of letting the mid-semester slump take control of you, try some of these tips to overcome it:
Practice Self-Care Regularly
When your mind is feeling exceptionally worn down, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. Don’t fall into this trap!
You may need to make a very detailed schedule that includes time for meals (preferably healthy ones), break time, and some sort of physical activity to release stress and get those endorphins going.
Here are a few ways you can practice self-care:
- Go for a walk or participate in a class at the rec center
- Take a nice hot shower
- Give yourself some at-home spa treatments
- Write in a journal
- Eat a healthy snack
- Get a good amount of sleep
- Spend time with friends and family
- Watch something that makes you laugh and smile
- Write down affirmations or encouraging words that you can reference
Whatever you choose to do, make sure it’s something that’s going to make you stay healthy and feel good. For me, getting involved in beach volleyball games at night helped me to refocus and get over my mid-semester slump. Find what works and stick with it!
Change What Isn’t Working
Sometimes we get into a slump when something isn’t working out how we hoped, such as making good grades or having more time to do the things we enjoy.
If you know that one of your study methods isn’t producing results, try something else and make it a goal to show progress during the second half of the semester.
This is also a great tip for anyone who gets bored easily! Sometimes just incorporating something new into your routine will rejuvenate your mind and get those brain juices flowing again.
Make Small Goals for Yourself and Post Them in Plain Sight
There’s something great about being able to physically check off or cross out a goal you had made for yourself. Not only that, but the writing also serves as a constant reminder of what you’re working toward.
Whether you want to make at least a B on every assignment for the rest of the semester, make new friends, participate in a study group, or communicate with your professor more, make sure you write down your goals and look at them daily.
Use these goals as your newfound motivation to finish the semester strong!
Take a Day Trip or Short Weekend Vacation
Sometimes you just need a change of scenery to recharge your batteries and overcome the mid-semester slump.
Whenever I felt myself getting down or discouraged, I arranged to drive somewhere where I could unwind and relax.
Not only did it take my mind off the college stress I was feeling, but it also gave me a fresh perspective on my situation. Even though I was only gone for a day or two, I always felt better when I got back to campus. Call it a recharge or whatever you want!
Don’t think that you have to go anywhere fancy…sometimes the act of simply leaving the stress is enough to help you get your mind refocused and ready to tackle the next series of tasks you’ll encounter.
Get an Accountability Partner
If you feel like you need some support in overcoming your mid-semester slump, try finding an accountability partner.
This person should be someone who checks in with your regularly and asks you how you are doing, what progress you’ve made, and if there is anything holding you back from doing better.
Remember, this should be a person that you feel comfortable confiding in and getting feedback from!
This Too Shall Pass
I know the slump may seem like it’s going to last forever, put I promise that it will get better with time.
College can be very challenging, but just imagine how awesome it’s going to be to walk across the stage one day and graduate!
I know you can do this. Stay strong, take care of yourself, and kick the mid-semester slump to the curb!
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