Simple tips for students to reduce end of year stress
As a student, there are many things to deal with at the end of the semester. Classes to finish, papers to write and tests to take, friends to say goodbye to, summer plans to organize and a dorm to pack up and clean… One way to reduce the end of year stress is to let Dormbox take care of transporting and storing your belongings for the Summer. We provide the boxes, tape, bubble-wrap and even sharpies to mark your boxes. All you need to do is pack up your things - and we do the rest!
Using our service means you have one less thing to worry about, and more time to focus on getting good grades and saying goodbye to friends. We’ve compiled a list of additional tips you can implement to help make the transition from exam period to Summer run as smoothly as possible:
1. Keep on top of work throughout the semester
This is an obvious but invaluable tip, though much easier said than done. By keeping up with your studying and assignments throughout the semester, you will make things 10x easier for yourself when it comes to the final weeks of term. The best advice is to start your end of year tasks as early as possible, even if you have only made a start, at least you will have less to do when things get busy.
2. Time management
Leading on from tip one, time management is a skill you will benefit from throughout your life, not just in college. If you factor time to study and write papers into your timetable the same way you factor in classes, it will be much easier to stay on top of things. If you are a visual learner, creating a color-coded timetable to go on your wall may be the best option, or if you prefer to work digitally, there are multiple timetable and calendar apps you can utilize. Having a physical copy of your timetable somewhere you can always see will make you more accountable for getting things done and reaching your goals.
3. Factor in time to rest and care for yourself
Rest time should be given just as much importance as study time. Your mind and body are most likely being overworked at this time of the year and it will be much harder to retain information if you don’t have a clear head or are lacking sleep. Whether your idea of rest is yoga, reading a book, or hanging out with friends, make sure to listen to your body and treat yourself kindly. Additionally, don’t underestimate the importance of eating well and staying active to help reduce stress.
4. Be aware of your thinking
It is easy to feel helpless and get stuck in a negative mindset when you are feeling overwhelmed. Although the end of semester is stressful, it is important to keep things in perspective and remember your health and happiness are the most important things. Lists are your best friends during this time - when everything feels out of control, getting things down on paper can make things seem more manageable.
5. Summer plans
It is good to have some kind of plan in place for how you want to spend your Summer, so that you are not left trying to make last minute plans when your plate is already full. Maybe you want to move home for the Summer and work to save for returning to college, maybe you have an internship planned, or maybe you are lucky enough to be able to travel… but it is a good thing to have this in your mind throughout the semester, in order to make the most of your free time and give you something to work towards!