By Rafael Robledo

One fourth of the semester has officially passed and we are now amid midterm season! This week I want to focus on how to destress and be healthier for the rest of the semester. Right now might appear to be the calm before the storm so hopefully we can deal with the storm with ease and be prepared. I want to share some tips that might help out with removing stress from your academic life. 

One thing that I really like to do is taking a small break when I have been doing work for a while. But not just a break and be on my phone right after, I instead go out to either take a walk or workout a bit to get what I was doing out of my system for about 15-30 minutes. Then I get back into it and get my work done. Personally, it helps me reset and start fresh into what I was doing. For example, if I was feeling burnt out and I was stuck on a problem — I just simply take a break and begin again. 

If I feel too tired or it’s already very late to go out, I’ll instead take a break by reading. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies and I prefer it since I get fully immersed in the world of the book that I read and it gets my mind off of the work that I was doing. For you it could be something else in its entirety, it just needs to get your mindset elsewhere where you can relax and reset. 

Something else that I like to do is meditate. Sometimes you might feel too overwhelmed and you just need to take a breather. I like to either watch some guided meditation or listen to some calming music. For this week’s playlist the title is Serenity and I made it with the intent to provide a serene environment for you.

The quote of the day is by Eckhart Tolle, “Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.” Just remember that you need to take a break here and there and reset in order to get where you want to be.