The Final Stretch: How to Stay Motivated

The semester is almost over, the holidays are fast approaching, and a heavy blanket of snow is falling upon your motivation –­­­­­­­­ burying all traces of productivity. While the end of the semester should be a time to cultivate time-management skills, I find myself overwhelmed with an endless list of tasks to accomplish and no time to complete them.

Personally, the times in which I find myself lacking motivation is when I need it most. The past few weeks have been hectic for me; between performing a play, working two jobs, and keeping up with all my readings, tests, and essays, I haven’t had time to sleep or properly take care of myself. This on–the- go lifestyle is stressful, and while possible to maintain for a short period of time, is not sustainable − Eventually you will burn out. I have learned from my experiences that the best way to manage this stress is to take time for yourself to help balance your lifestyle.

While exams approach it is important to spend a sufficient amount of time preparing for them, but you also don’t want to let that stress consume your life. It is equally important, for both your health and your sanity, to indulge in some much needed “me-time” over the next few weeks.

Here are a few ways you can de-stress during the exam period:

1) Spend a Night with Friends

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Reward yourself after a long day of studying to a night with friends. Not only is it a great way to de-stress, but it also provides an incentive for you to be productive during the day.

2) Exercise

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The value of exercise is communicated to students repeatedly, but its true! Whether you work out at the gym or play a sport, exercise is a great way to reduce your stress. Not only is exercise proven to alleviate anxiety, it has also been shown to improve memory, which will help you study for those upcoming exams.

3) Watch Some Holiday Movies!

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During this busy time of the year, sometimes we forget about the approaching holiday season we are supposed to be enjoying. Take a break from studying and watch one of your favourite movies to spark some holiday cheer.

4) Engage in Your Favourite Hobbies

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Whether it is reading, writing, acting, exercising, or painting, these hobbies will provide you with that much needed “me time” and keep you from losing motivation. Balancing your schedule between work and play will keep you from procrastinating or burning out.

5) SLEEP

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Sleep, sleep, and more sleep! Of course, some nights it may be necessary to pull an all nighter, but sleep is crucial for your overall well being. Lack of sleep will not only make you feel lethargic, unmotivated, and irritated, it will also reduce your brain’s ability to function properly. So, make sure you get as much rest as possible before your exams to ensure you are alert and prepared.

The key to surviving the next few weeks is balance: Ensure you incorporate time for yourself, in whatever capacity your desire, during your busy exam schedule to avoid loosing motivation or suffering from a burnout.

I wish you the best in your upcoming exams! I know you will all do well.

Happy Holidays

Kylie-Anne