The end of the year is synonymous with warm weather, long days at the beach, relaxing afternoon barbecues, Halloween, and Christmas décor which comes out in shops way too early. But before you can kick back and enjoy the festivities there is just one thing in the way: the end of the academic year. For most people that means exams or major assignments. Does the thought of the end of semester frighten you? Or are you blissfully in denial of all your deadlines and waiting for that final kick of high-pressure adrenaline? Either way, looking after your mental health and staying motivated is so important for all students over the last few weeks. Read on to learn how you can stay on track mentally for the rest of the year.
Focus on the small steps
I know how overwhelming it can be when you see a never-ending to-do list. Take each task day by day. Focus on the immediate tasks at hand. It’s much easier to chip away at a project bit by bit rather than crashing and burning before you even begin. So, focus on what you can do today to get towards the end goal.
Use your resources
Resources could be people, services, or material objects. Whatever you need to support you mentally is a valuable resource. The most important thing to realise is that you don’t have to go about this alone. Have conversations if you are struggling. Step into the outdoors and soak up some sun rays if you are feeling down. Put a planner on your wall so you can visualise the final few weeks of your semester. These are but a few examples – make use of everything around you to stay on track!
Don’t give up the things you love
Do you have a weekly ritual such as ‘Trivia Tuesday’ or ‘Saturday Games Night’? Don’t give up any of it! Having a weekly ritual is an amazing way to stay on track as it gives you something to look forward to and appreciate. I personally love catching up with friends for a walk at the beach, Sunday morning brunch, or weekend cook-athons.
Ditch the comparisons and focus on your own goals
It seems we inevitably compare ourselves with those in our environment or with what we see on social media. I’m very much guilty of this. If you ever feel the same way, it’s important to remember that you are in control of your future. Not that person on Instagram, not your high-achieving best friend, but you. Everyone has their own battles. You could compare yourself to others and feel inferior, or you could recognise that everyone around you is going through their own private struggle and we are all just doing the best we can to have a positive impact on the world. Focus on your own goals and becoming a better version of yourself, rather than trying to pursue someone else’s highlight reel.
How do you want to celebrate the end of semester? A night out with your mates? A little weekend getaway? Make whatever that is your reward. I personally love watching track and field but never have time during semester to follow it. My reward for the end of semester has always been binge watching an entire season of athletics! Rewards such as these can keep you personally motivated and ready to kick off the final few weeks with a bang!
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