With the first week of classes underway, the abruptness of a new schedule can leave you tired, annoyed and not feeling yourself. Especially if you have gone from sleeping the day away during winter break to an 8 am class twice a week. You know, the class where you are only allowed one absence because college kids do not easily pass along germs in a stuffy lecture hall with 165 sniffling noses. Here are a few tips to help you transition into the new semester.
1. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep plays a key role in your overall well being. Make sure you get eight hours a night and avoid using any electronics a half hour before. Lack of sleep is a vicious cycle that can leave you feeling sick and lower your immune system.
2. Eat Healthy
A healthy diet is always a good thing, but it can also help with the transition into a new semester. Some days you may have 20 minutes to eat in between classes. Instead of running to Jimmy John’s, plan out your meals in advance. This way you know what you will eat on what day and will feel less tempted to make bad food decisions out of hunger. Who wants to feel gross on top of the stress of a new schedule? Not a fan.
3. Get In A Routine
This semester you may have one completely out of whack schedule. Maybe you only have one class a day or all your classes on one day. Get in a routine of what you do on a daily basis such as exercise, study time and TV night. This way, you at least have some sort of normalcy and familiarity until you get in the swing of things.
4. Know Your Limits
Taking a full load of courses, plus a job, plus internships and so on can make having time to sit down and breathe nearly impossible. Remember that school comes first and it is okay if you are unable to be super-human and take 5 classes, intern, work, and be on the Dean’s list.
5. Make Friends
Guess what? You aren’t the only one who is trying to get used to the semester change. Sometimes just knowing others are still adjusting can make you feel 80 percent better about the semester.