Mental Wellbeing

It’s dead week. You’ve been preparing for finals all quarter, yet suddenly feel overcome with fear about your upcoming exams. “How on earth am I supposed to study for, and pass, all these exams?!” you ask yourself. The task seems impossible, and you almost consider giving up multiple times. In fact, curling up in a ball and watching Netflix is about the only thing you can see yourself doing at the moment. But you know you have work to do.

You make multiple attempts to start studying, but your friends keep texting you, and Instagram and Snapchat beckon. You wish you could just shut all the distractions out and focus, but you can’t seem to tackle the copious amounts of studying you have to do. So you procrastinate for one hour… two hours… and suddenly five hours have passed and you haven’t read a single word of your study guide. You groan and throw your hands in the air in exasperation. “I’m so screwed for these tests!” you cry.

Between the time you do spend studying, and the time you spend procrastinating, you miss out on precious hours of sleep. Not to mention, you just haven’t had the time to cook a proper meal or exercise regularly. Sleep-deprived, you attempt to power through your study sessions, only to find yourself dozing off within the first thirty minutes. The microwaveable meals you’re eating coupled with the lack of exercise leave you feeling sluggish and unhealthy. You’re at your wit’s end, but you’re not sure how to cope with all these stressors, and do well on your finals.

Fast forward:  It’s the start of Winter Quarter!  A new year and you tell yourself, “I’m going to be proactive and get ahead of all of my school work and be healthy and happy this quarter.  Check out our 6 tips for preparing for the quarter:

  1. Avoid unnecessary stressors
    -learn how to say ‘no’
    -take control of the environment
    -narrow down your to-do list
  2. Alter the situation
    -express your feelings instead of bottling them up
    -be willing to compromise
    -be more assertive
  3. Adapt to the stressor
    -reframe problems
    -look at the big picture
    -adjust your standards
    -focus on the positive
  4. Accept the things you can’t change
    -don’t try to control the uncontrollable
    -learn to forgive
  5. Make time for fun and relaxation
    -set aside relaxation time
    -do something you enjoy everyday
  6. Adopt a healthy lifestyle
    -exercise regularly
    -eat a healthy diet
    -get enough sleep

Cal Poly Resources:

Health Education | PULSE:  Peers Understanding Listening Supporting Educating (PULSE) is a nationally awarded Peer Health Education program that supports the health and wellbeing of all Cal Poly students.

Disability Resource Center :  The Disability Resource Center (DRC) cultivates an accessible and inclusive community where students with permanent and temporary disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of campus life. We facilitate student learning and access through partnerships with students, faculty, and staff.

Mustang Success Center:  The Mustang Success Center coordinates and provides timely, effective advising services to first and second year students, first year transfer students, and student-athletes.

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