By Tom Vasey
Let me preface this by saying that you should absolutely not do what I did this past week, which was to pull not one but two all-nighters, got wound up by reading some absolute drivel in a student magazine, end up getting incredibly sick and stuffing your face with chocolate because you’ve missed the times you were supposed to be at the gym. While that may possibly discredit me right out of the gate, I’m going to invoke the rule my dad had and say “do as I say, not as I do,” because I’ve always been better at theory than practical work, anyway.
So, if you’re like me, then you’re probably pretty cognizant of the fact that we’re rapidly running out of semester. Many of you will be wondering what to do with yourselves. Whether there are extra assignments that need doing, or exam study to begin nice and early, or summer jobs to apply for, there’s a lot going on at this time of year. It’s pretty tough, not least because everyone’s can’t be stuffed meters are very nearly full at this point, and why wouldn’t they be? You’ve had a hard semester, and there’s still so much on the horizon.
Well, I’m going to start off by recommending that you start off by making sure that you’ve got a nice diet of fruit and veg, as much as possible. Having this sort of stuff helps alleviate stress and improve your overall mood. One thing I notice is that when I indulge myself, I always end up regretting it in the end, stuffing my face with chocolate and feeling bloated as heck for the next few days, and a little scared to go to the gym because I’m worried about what the treadmill will say.
Which brings us on to the next thing, the gym. Definitely see if you can make a commitment to spend even half an hour to an hour a day there. It’s really helpful if you have some excess energy left at the end of the day, or if you notice that you’re having trouble sleeping or similar. Everyone needs to let out some pent-up energy, to run around and just blow off some steam for practically no reason, like this guy.
Make sure that you make your home into as relaxing an environment as you possibly can. If you have further stressors there, then it’s the last thing you want. Moving out at this point would be nigh on impossible, so if you have someone who’s causing you grief, I recommend trying to deal with it as sensibly or hilariously as you can. We’ve got someone at my place who just threatened to take their roommate’s dirty dishes from the kitchen and stuff them into his pillowcase if he insists on letting them stack up. Not the best way to deal with it, but by far the most entertaining.
Next up, you might want to pick up a new hobby. At this point, you have limited time, so as long as you’re budgeting time properly, you should be fine to give it a go. I took up tabletop games again recently, actually.
…Yeah, I know. You’re all shocked. Someone who looks like a dork and writes like one too plays those sorts of games? Perish the thought!
Seriously, though, a new hobby is a great opportunity to have something to look forward to, to try something you’ve been looking at for ages but never had an excuse to have a go at, and it can really cheer you up if you haven’t been feeling great, lately.
Just make sure it’s something constructive. You don’t want to lose as many brain cells as these guys just made me lose.
Finally, check out the events that are on. I know that I’m going to be off to Armageddon this year, which has become something of a yearly tradition for me (I know, shock and horror again!) and it’s honestly a really nice time. If that’s not your cup of tea, then that’s fine, but definitely have a look to see what’s on. Even if it’s something small, then it’ll be a great way to wind down a little.
There’s a lot of work around at the moment, and a great many things to do, but I beg you to stay the course and do stuff you enjoy, every so often. Keep it interesting, and keep yourself nice and sane. We’re very nearly on the home stretch, and making sure that you’re not miserable or stressed out is conducive to getting your work done to the best standard, so it’s always worth doing!
Take care everyone.
…what, you want more dogs being silly? Oh, I suppose I could help you out…