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Checking in After Reading Week – Completing the Marathon, but in a Proactive Way

By Sohaib Haseeb, 3rd year Life Sci student

It’s hard to believe, but we’re halfway through the semester. Reading week is now over, we’ve had a chance to relax, take a break from the school’s stress, but it’s time to get back in the swing of things.

If you’ve got a busy schedule ahead filled with midterms, assignments, and papers, it’s hard to stay calm, and panic overtakes us, but don’t worry, you’ve just had a fulfilling break, and there’s no need to dread about fitting everything in your lives. It’s time to take charge. No matter how stressful the upcoming life might seem, there are steps that we can take to manage stress, but more importantly, to keep up on work but have fun at the same time. Be mindful, maintaining a healthy balance in life is important for our well-being and day-to-day satisfaction. How do we achieve a balanced lifestyle in the midst of our heavy schedules?

Here are some tips and tricks I use to maintain balance and manage stress:

Believe it or not, taking a break from school and work and having a nice walk in the park, or socializing with friends can have a big impact on our productivity. Making time for just ourselves is so hard it seems, but it’s essential for lowering stress and being happy and healthy. We need to learn to give our minds and body a rest! My mum always says, “Pay extra attention to your health and put the right fuel in the body.” Stay proactive, watch what you eat, and don’t skip meals, because speaking from personal experience, a health crisis is the last thing we need in our busy lives. Stress is a daily part of life, but don’t let it get to you. It might seem that school work keeps piling up and there is nothing we can do to reduce the burden, take each day, step-by-step. This is essential to managing stress, and being healthy. Prioritization is key, but staying on-top of it is what really makes the difference. Try monthly or weekly calendars, keeping an agenda, and reassessing your workload every day. We’ll always have more work than we can fit in a day, but breaking it down into small chunks and prioritizing each task can put a lot of structure to our day, with the added bonus of reducing stress.

Lastly, reward yourself and try to find positives in the day. Tell yourself you can do it, because you can – we all can! We’re all at Queen’s University, and that in itself is a big achievement! We are all trying our best to do the tasks at hand in the time given, and that’s all we can ask of ourselves.

For more information on wellness and stress, visit our Health Promotion friends at Student Wellness Services!


Photo courtesy of Christopher A. Dominic under Flickr Creative Commons Attribution license 2.0.