We’ve all felt it: that anxious pit in our stomachs as we transition from the carefree days of summer into the jam-packed school days of a new semester. How will I manage to finish all my schoolwork while also planning for post-grad life and maintaining a social life and keeping up with my extracurricular activities? Even if I can do all of that, how will I keep my sanity?
So, I’ve compiled a list of 10 great ways to deal with the new semester blues that’ll help you de-stress whether it’s your first semester of college or your last!
1—Perfect your bedroom décor
First, whether you live in a dorm or commute from home, make your bedroom a calming space by taking the time to add décor that inspires you, whether it’s twinkling lights, fluffy pillows, or pictures of your friends and family!
PHOTO: Jordyn Wissert
2—Organize a super cute planner
Planners don’t have to make you feel super stressed out! Check out a store that you like and see if they have any planners that motivate you, or choose a plain notebook and totally customize it!
3—Go on adventures in your city
Before classes pick up, take the time to go on a few spontaneous adventures in your city. It’ll be a fun way to kick off the semester, and it’ll be perfect bonding time with new roomies or friends you haven’t seen over break.
PHOTO: Kenia Viezcas
4—Link up schedules with your friends
Compare schedules with your pals, so you can figure out the perfect time to grab lunch or hit Starbucks together.
Make this semester your semester by writing down a few #goals you hope to accomplish. Then, go out and make them happen!
PHOTO: Jordyn Wissert
6—Make time to journal
While your mind is on overload, you should take time to unleash your thoughts into a journal, or paint or draw if that’s more your style.
7—Unwind with music/movies
If the stress of imminent classes sets in, then plan a movie night with your girls or simply pop in your headphones and unwind to your favorite songs.
8—Update your wardrobe
Go on a back-to-school shopping trip or simply re-purpose some clothes you already have; a fresh wardrobe will have you feeling ready to take on the new semester in style.
9—Cleanse your life of negative vibes
Negative friends? A toxic relationship? A major or extra-curricular activity that totally stresses you out? Then leave those behind! Start off this year on your terms, leaving anything that weighs you down in the past.
10—Take care of yourself
Finally, put yourself first! Schedule time to eat right, get enough sleep, and be active. Most importantly, have fun, because you have your whole life ahead of you to work; college is a time to enjoy yourself, find out who you are, learn, and grow.
How do you deal with the stress of a new semester? Tell us on social media, and don’t forget to tag @CFashionista!