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Right about this time of year, life gets a bit crazy. School’s in full swing, Spring Break’s too far away, but summer’s close enough that you have to decide if you’ll take more classes, get a job, graduate, etc. Not to mention the fact that, if you live in a cold climate, the snow’s lost its charm and you miss the days when wearing two layers of clothing was enough.

Bottom line: Stress can get really high right now.

What to do? Well, I’ve got some ideas.

Relax
Get a massage. Read a book. Veg out on the couch and watch TV without thinking about all the papers you’re not writing. Your brain can’t function if it doesn’t have a little bit of rest.

Have fun
There’s a reason you loved recess when you were a kid and you love Facebooking when you should be studying. You can’t always be serious and concentrating. Everything in moderation. Play a friendly game of cards or football or Guitar Hero. It’ll feel good to laugh and will help you get some work done.

Manage your time
There’s a reason administrative assistants and executive assistants get paid so much: They simplify the daily lives of other people. It’s a lot easier to function when somebody else is taking care of things. Most of us don’t have that luxury, sadly. But if we take a cue from them and realize that certain tasks always need to be done, we can set aside time for those things. You (hopefully) do laundry and buy groceries every week, so get on a schedule. One less thing on your mind makes life easier.

Reassess your situation
Sometimes it helps to figure out if everything you’ve got going on in your life is necessary. Are you in seven organizations, holding down a job, interning, and trying to squeeze friends in there somewhere? Maybe that’s all doable for you; maybe it’s not. Just make sure you’re doing what you want.

These are pretty simple ideas, and none of them are groundbreaking, I know. But when you’re in the middle of a stressful time, it’s really easy to lose sight of what you need to be doing, both for school and for yourself.

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