Who would have thought that October would sneak up on us that quickly? The familiar chill’s back in the air again, along with all the markers of Autumn: sweaters, pumpkins, those gorgeous colorful leaves, and midterms!
And just as it’s most certain that many of us will be, or already are prepping for them. Just as many of us will also be feeling all that stress, cold weather, and lack of vitamin C. Hopefully these tips will give you some inspiration or motivation to try your best to not let the germs and stress get to you!
Sleep: Something a lot of us neglect, but really just a decent night's sleep does a body wonders. Don’t neglect all the benefits you can gain from just a nice, good eight hours of rest. Less stress, being more alert and also more focused are just some of these benefits.
Food: And I don’t mean some snacks from the vending machine at the end of your floor, I mean some proper nutritious food, like a bowl of tomato soup or even just a simple bowl of pasta with some cherry tomatoes and a dash of olive oil. Cheap, easy, and filling. But if you need some more inspiration, always check out what John Kemp has sent in for his spot on “John Kemp's Kitchen!”
Exercise: Whether that means a good intense game of volleyball, several laps around the pool or even just a simple walk in the outdoors, getting up and getting out there will be benefitial not only for your physical health, but for your mental health as well. Just like the phrase says: “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies!” Plus it's a great way to also hang out with your friends, or meet some new people by dropping in on an exercise class at the GAC. If your friend has a dog, ask to walk with them, maybe even by the many trails that dot our backyard.
Arts and Crafts: If you’ve ever entered the Centre of Excellence, and I’m sure we all have, then by now you’ve spotted a bunch of friendly faces right there in the middle of all the action. This is the Lion's Den team, a group of upper year students dedicated to help you find your way around campus, and not only in the spacial sense, but also by recommending clubs and organizations and events on campus that you can go to. The Lions Den also offers colouring sessions and hot chocolate and sweets. Remember, Glendon, that stressed spelled backwards is desserts!
Studying: Setting out a nice, well thought-out studying schedule with plenty of time to do your assignments and study for tests. This may be a bit hypocritical of me since I’ve also spent plenty of time trying to just hit that word count for an essay twenty minutes before it’s due and just being fine with what I’ve got. While there might be only less than three months left for 2017, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to achieve those study goals that you promised yourself back in January. After all, there’s no better time to start something than today!