Ten top tips to tackle term threes tribulations: PART 1
Now how is that for alliteration?
Actually, I think it may just be a sign of the state of the revision-induced delirium I am slowly slipping into. In fact, I think this was already quite apparent after my friend successfully managed to induce us both into a short state of hysteria through a rather creative impression of Guillermo del Toro’s character of Santi the ghost from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHTs5S9Z66s whilst waiting for our lecture earlier. During which it seemed we had both also reached that liminal state of existence where one doesn’t know whether one is crying out of sheer exhaustion and mental instability, or laughing because really at that stage, the image of Hannah’s cardigan entwined around her head has the ability to reduce any stressed-ridden 20 something-year-old into fits of laughter. In fact, might I add that this state of mental delirium was largely exacerbated by the fact that we happened to also be discussing the ludicrousness of my latest piece of knowledge (which, by the way was naturally acquired from my reading of another of my mother’s old copies of Good Housekeeping at 4am last night in an effort to sleep) that according to ‘Facial Feedback Hypothesis,’ you can trick yourself out of a state of depression by faking laughter…hmm right.
Believe what you will, but this nevertheless brings me to the point I wanted to make. Why it always seems to take me so long, I just don’t know. And, after having just written an essay comparing the modernist short fiction of Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway, there’s me wanting to adopt Hemingway’s creative style of brevity…
I don’t think that’s going to happen Claudia.
Anyway, mental health. There we go. Maybe it is the ridiculous taboo surrounding this topic, coupled with my typical nonsensical ramblings which caused me to take so long getting to the point. I don’t want to give a big spiel about this subject in all its entirety. Furthermore, I am well aware that many of my fellow bloggers have already touched upon the brilliant network of support systems which I personally feel are not credited enough here at Warwick. However, this is a topic which, perhaps unknown to many, is actually quite close to my heart and is something that for years I have battled with behind the calm and collective outward appearance my alpaca knits, collection of quite frankly bizarre jewellery (which reminds me, it has been quite a while since both my Peruvian couple or dried fig earrings made their last appearance), and red lippy tend to uphold.
What’s more, with term three finally upon us, I though it a better time than ever to raise the issue of mental wellbeing during what can be the most taxing term for even the most mentally stable and sound individuals amongst us. Myself definitely not being one of them.
Therefore, alongside the extensive range of support services available to students and staff alike, I thought I would share a few simple tips and tricks that squeezing into your routine trek to the library, or hours entrapped within the post-it speckled walls of your room might prove useful when tackling the tensions of term three.
1. Walk. Walk around your room. Walk whilst you’re on the phone. Walk when brushing your teeth (actually maybe not… in fact, definitely please do not do this). Just walk everywhere. Your mind will be instantly cleared, and if this weather keeps up, you may even get a dose of that British rarity; vitamin D.
Plus it gives you a chance to photograph these beauties which seem to be popping up all over campus
2. Quiet space. This is so important when revising. Ok, so maybe you are actually one of those super hipster individuals who somehow thrive off the buzzing atmosphere of coffee shops when unleashing your inner literary God. I’m not. Although I do one day aspire to be that person sitting by themselves in a corner of an Osteria somewhere in Tuscany pondering over the likes of Orwell alongside my plate of antipasti and locally sourced Chianti…
Seriously miss being greeted with a chant of ‘Ciao Claudia!’ when walking into my favourite Sienese Osteria…oh that was the life…
3. Earplugs. If you are like me and cannot study or essay write with even the faintest murmurings or noises in the distance, invest in these beauties. Ok, I know I have already talked about these life-saving diamonds on numerous occasions, but they really are brilliant. In fact, after having recently been distracted for an entire hour during one of my mocks last week by the intermittent tapping and scratching of someone’s bracelet on the desk, I think I might even take a couple in with me to my exams. You can never be too prepared you see.
BBFL (Best buds for life). Get it? Earplugs, earbuds?…I don’t know, something like that…
4. Eating. Providing your body with the correct nourishment is more important than ever during the exam period. Try to think ahead and plan your meals. In fact, a little bit of time set aside for cooking can be a nice way of breaking up the work load and getting yourself away from that desk you have most probably have been glued to all day. In fact, the thought of my next meal time is often the only thing that gets me through the day when revising. And when I say cooking, I don’t mean shovelling some frozen chips into the oven, or boiling the kettle to accompany those pot noodles.
Exam time is no excuse for dropping those standards. Remember, keep it Instagram worthy.
5. Snacking. Let’s face it; nothing is better than a good route around in the fridge as a means of procrastination when it comes to revising. However, common snacks such as biscuits, crisps and, in times of essay writing desperation, chocolate, only give you a quick, sugary energy kick and will soon leave you feeling lethargic, de-motivated and probably guilty. Want a snack? Snack on fruit. Stock your fridge shelf with a plentiful supply of fruit and veg each week which will keep you feeling energised, more positive and more productive when it comes to studying. Or maybe you could try liquidising fruit into a delicious mid-morning smoothie, or try combining it with natural yoghurt and chopped mixed nuts for an after dinner dessert.
[Continued here: Ten top tips to tackle term three’s tribulations: PART 2]