Maddy’s Declassified University Survival Guide: Exam Edition

Whether it’s your first time writing exams or your last, all students know the struggle of making it through exams to finally earn a well deserved break. Self-care is often emphasized, but if you struggle with mental health, no one tells you how to deal with that boring self-care when you’re already dealing with a lack of motivation or constant tiredness. This year especially, the weather has been so dark and grey all the way into mid-April that it sucks all your energy.

With this being said, here are some things that I find helpful for making it through exams and essays when I’m feeling burnt out or my mental health is at a low point:

  1. Cross one boring thing off your to-do list. This can be anything from doing some dishes, picking clothes up off the floor, or doing some laundry. Self-care doesn’t have to only be putting on a face mask, or exercising if you don’t feel like it.
  2. Hydrate and eat simple meals. If you don’t have the energy to cook, Gd2Go on-campus offers quick and healthy snacks and meals, as does Twiggs off-campus. Setting reminders on your phone as well to drink water every so often can be really helpful to remember to hydrate.
  3. Get connected and limit your isolation. This can be anything from getting a coffee with a friend or setting up a library study date. When I don’t feel like talking or leaving my house, I often also get friends to send me their favourite cute videos/photos of animals.
  4. If you don’t feel like you have the time to get outside for long enough, sit by the window to get your work done. You’ll still get exposure to the sun, and sitting in a bright spot will likely lighten your mood!

As always, if you are really struggling and need someone to talk to, Student Counselling Services is available to chat, or if you want to chat with someone anonymously, click this link to find out about other support options.

Signing off,
Maddy