End of the Semester Time Management

student_stressLet’s blame our professors for all our stress-related issues during these last two weeks of the semester! It’s all their fault students are rushing around, pulling out their hair and not getting adequate amounts of sleep! Well, OK, maybe they’re not to blame. They’re just testing our knowledge and preparing us for the real world; they’re doing their job.

We can only blame ourselves for the way we handle the pressure of the last minute cramming and the wrapping up of projects and papers. I would like to share with you one of the secrets to getting all your work done while being as stress-free as possible. This little secret is called time management.

The Mayo Clinic offers some great advice for handling stress and improving productivity through managing time efficiently. Here are a few tips that I would like to highlight, but I encourage you all to check out the full article as well.

  • Plan each day
    • Creating a detailed calendar that includes due dates of all assignments and times for exams will definitely help in making sure that you don’t forget something and remember when it’s too late. Make sure to include on your schedule everything you have to do, whether it’s course related or not. This includes making doctor appointments, going grocery shopping, hitting the gym and whatever else you may have to do. Put this calendar in a spot that will be visible to you constantly. This will allow you to see all your plans laid out together to help you manage your time better.

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  • Prioritize your tasks
    • Some tasks are more important than others, and some have different deadlines. Make sure to list the most important tasks at the top of your to-do list so that you spend the majority of your time and energy on those first. This doesn’t mean that the little tasks can be skipped. This is just a way of reminding yourself that some are of higher importance than others and should be handled first.
  • Limit distractions
    • Being distracted could very well be one of the biggest issues students have when it comes to not using all the time available to their advantage. If what you’re working on is important to you and needs to get done, then acknowledge that Facebook, texting, listening to music, etc. may only be hurting you rather than helping. Eliminate all distractions, even if this means putting the phone away, closing the door and working alone.

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It’s important to continue studying the next couple of weeks and finish out the semester on a good note, but make sure you are doing it as efficiently as possible. If you manage your time properly, you will be surprised at how much more you can actually get done and how less stressed you will be

The end is near!

Patty

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/time-management/wl00048

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Give the Gift of a Massage!

As a student myself, I know how worn down the body and mind can get from stress related issues. We stay up too late, get up too early and try to do as much as we can in a day. This often times includes going to classes and work, working on assignments and trying to get in some time at the gym as well. These activities put a lot of strain on the body and can keep us from performing our best.

Getting a massage can be a great way to relax and reward yourself, both mentally and physically. There are numerous benefits to getting a massage. Www.massagetherapy.com lists the following benefits that help manage stress:

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased circulation
  • Reduced fatigue

In case you didn’t know, you have the chance to receive these benefits through massage therapy at the RAC at a very affordable rate!

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CRI has three Licensed Massage Therapists who specialize in and employ a variety of techniques:

  • Anita Brown
    • Skilled in providing a customized massage experience for relaxation and/or pain relief
  • Dameon Rawls
    • Employs reflexology, myofascial release, deep tissue, hot/cold stone and many other integrative modalities
  • Vanessa Posey
    • Specializes in sport massage, Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, and orthopedic massage

Prices:

  • Members
    • 1/2 Hour = $25
    • 1 Hour = $50
    • Gift Certificates available
    • Services for gift certificate must be rendered within 90 days of issuance
  • Non-Members
    • 1/2 Hour = $40
    • 1 Hour = $60
    • Non-member classification is those who have an active Eagle ID

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and a massage would be a great gift for your special someone! Nothing says “I love you” like an hour long massage for your significant other to relax and get pampered. Or use this as an opportunity to spoil yourself instead! Classes and work get stressful throughout the semester. Come to the RAC and get a massage to ease the pain of it all!

To make this experience even better for you, CRI is offering $10 off massages from February 11 – 15!

Find out how to make an appointment now on the CRI massage therapy page!

Enjoy!

Patty

Dealing with Stress

With the end of the semester coming up and finals week just around the corner, I think it’s safe to assume that we’re all at least a little bit stressed out! Tests are quickly approaching, papers and projects are due and deadlines creep up on us! So while trying to juggle everything going on, how do you handle the stress that comes along with it?

I did a little bit of online searching and found some good tips for managing stress in a healthy way. It seems to be common sense, but a lot of times our common sense is the first thing to go when stress takes over.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle:
Source: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm

Exercise regularly. Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress. Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week. Nothing beats aerobic exercise for releasing pent-up stress and tension.

Eat a healthy diet. Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress, so be mindful of what you eat. Start your day right with breakfast, and keep your energy up and your mind clear with balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day.

Reduce caffeine and sugar. The temporary “highs” caffeine and sugar provide often end in with a crash in mood and energy. By reducing the amount of coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, and sugar snacks in your diet, you’ll feel more relaxed and you’ll sleep better.

Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. Self-medicating with alcohol or drugs may provide an easy escape from stress, but the relief is only temporary. Don’t avoid or mask the issue at hand; deal with problems head on and with a clear mind.

Get enough sleep. Adequate sleep fuels your mind, as well as your body. Feeling tired will increase your stress because it may cause you to think irrationally.

In addition to taking these steps to avoid and to deal with stress, there are other resources on campus that you can take advantage of when you need help getting a hold on your stress. The counseling center on campus offers each student 12 free sessions per year.

Also, the counseling center has an online stress management workshop and online relaxation exercises.

Never be shy to take advantage of these services offered to you by our awesome university! But don’t forget that the five suggestions listed at the beginning of this post are all great ways to cope with stress. I have a very Type A kind of personality, so take it from me! I find some of the best ways to handle my stress are to set small goals for myself along the way, get plenty of sleep and always make time to exercise! Sometimes we are so busy or burnt out that the last thing we want to do is hit the gym. But I promise the hardest part is getting there. Once you fit just a 20-30 minute workout in, even if you just run a few laps on the track, you will feel reenergized and ready to tackle the next thing on your to-do list. Not to mention you’ll feel better about yourself and more accomplished.

Best wishes!

Amanda

Finals Week is Upon Us

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Finals week is here! All of us students know the pressures and headaches that finals bring, but never fear, your friends at Campus Recreation and Intramurals are here to help you come up with four tips to make sure that you are on your “A+” game heading into finals week.

1. Never cram — We are all in college we know what happens when there’s not enough time in the week (work, student organizations, the occasional party) but don’t cram. The Huffington Post says that the best way to study is in 20-50 minute increments giving yourself 5-10 minute breaks in between so you don’t suffer from a “brain drain.”

2. Create a “zen-like” environment for you to study in — Although it may seem like the coolest place to study, Starbucks and coffee houses might not get it done for you. There will be a bunch of distractions and potentially a spilled coffee on all of your notes. Try to find a quiet nook somewhere with few distractions, and throw on some slow tunes even Mozart to make your studying environment the most peaceful.

3. Study groups aren’t always bad — Personally I can’t really study with a group of people just because there are way too many distractions, but I will say that I’ve seen people form study groups and make great grades. Study groups are good for keeping you motivated, especially when your studies take you into the wee hours of the morning and you are feeling sleepy. Also, if your professor is on lock down for finals week and you don’t understand something, there’s always someone in the class who gets it, so form a group with them and you should be on your way to success.

4. Then again the professors are there for a reason — Even though professors will be bombarded with slackers trying to get some last-minute points when they haven’t been seen since the first day of class, try to schedule an office hour meeting with your professor. Just to talk about the things that you don’t understand, and what types of things would be most beneficial for you to study before test day.

All in all, the holidays are right around the corner, so just tough it out this final week and you should be good to go! Congratulations to all of the graduating seniors and good luck on all of your finals!

Wishing all of you the very best,

Skyler