The Struggle of Staying Motivated in College

As we get closer and closer to the end of the semester, it seems as though motivation is running low. When I say motivation, I am not just talking about the motivation to work out, but also the motivation to keep up with homework, study, save money, basically the motivation for everything is running out. Looking at a blog post from Kalp Education, I found some tips and suggestions for finishing the year out strong by keeping up these simple habits.

  1. Have a workout partner

Having a buddy to workout with really makes it harder to skip the gym. Not only exercise-workout-partner-icons-set-human-pictogram-representing-exercising-49038139does it make it harder to skip going, but it will probably make your time spent there more enjoyable and a little less awkward if you aren’t used to going.

The gym is not only good for your physical health, it is good for your mental health too! Towards the end of the semester with finals coming up and end of the term papers being due, it is important to have a way to destress, and exercising is a perfect way to do so.

  1. Find out how your study best

In the blog post, it states that you should find a quiet place to study, but I slightly disagree. Everyone studies and learns in unique ways and it is important to find a technique that works for you. For some people, studying in a group is what helps them learn best but others learn best from sitting alone with some headphones in just reading through notes. The reason this is a crucial thing to know and practice while we approach finals week is because you are going to want to know how you can most efficiently study. We want this to be efficient so that you are not spending every waking minute studying. Finding an effective method will help de-stress your finals week. Another way to encourage studying is to start thinking of it in a different light and to stop making it a negative task. 5671af68ad8225e9268f862853121fde

If there is a class where you just cannot seem to figure out how to study, always feel free to visit your professor during their office hours. They are there to help you learn.

  1. Keep your head up, and your eyes on the prize

While going through this loss of motivation, it is important to remember why you are going through all of this. Thinking of your end goal will help you to push yourself to do your best and finish out the year strong.

Relieving Stress in College

College is stressful, don’t let it get the best of you.

Although small amounts of stress are alright, there are some serious consequences if you are stressed out all the time.

Last post, I mentioned just a few of the stressors in college. Today, I will be giving you some helpful tips and tricks to help relieve that stress.

  1. Make lists

Make a list for what you need and want to download (4)accomplish during the day and check off the task when it is done. Sometimes you could be doing homework all day and not feel like you’ve accomplished anything but this will help you see that you are getting somewhere and accomplishing tasks. Just having the list will also help you feel more organized and make everything a little less chaotic.

  1. Do something you enjoy

Instead of dwelling on the stress you’re experiencing, take a break to do something you enjoy. Doing homework for hours on end is probably not going to help anyone and you will probably not take any information away from it if you have been at it for several hours. It is important to let your bring rest and reset by taking a break and getting your mind on something else.

Sometimes finding a hobby or something you love doing can be really hard. Between Google and YouTube, you can find a big list of hobbies to get involved in. Hobbies can range from collecting stamps, to hiking, to playing video games and some hobbies are quite strange. I found a video called 48 Successful People with Unique Hobbies  and it really shows how diverse hobbies can be and I encourage you to try to find what you love doing!

  1. Live in the moment

I know that it is extremely easy to just look forward to the big picture and think of everything you have to do to get there, but trust me it is way less stressful if you don’t. It is okay to plan ahead, but when you do, make sure to realize that you don’t have to do everything right now in order to achieve getting to that big picture. It is important to just focus on small tasks and set small goals to achieve along the way so that you do not feel as stressed.

  1. Surround yourself with positive peopleCartoon-Surround-yourself-with-Positive-people-for-Perseka-site-2011-Copyright-Kaveh-Adel-Iranian-American-Cartoonist

This is extremely important. Surrounding yourself with people who will lift you up and tell you that you can succeed are the people you want to be around, especially when you are stressed. It is good to have a support system and just knowing that someone thinks you can tackle anything can really help when you think you can’t do it or don’t think there is enough time in the day.

  1. Try some Breathing Exercises

Lots of people think this takes some elaborate routine or an instructor telling you what to do, but it is extremely simple and can help calm you down in stressful situations. Although there are classes and YouTube videos instructing people on deep breathing, it is something you can do by yourself, in public, without anyone even noticing. When you are freaking out about due dates, relationships, and upcoming tests, stop yourself and just breathe deeply a few times to relax yourself.