5 Tips to Avoid the Spring Slump
April 04, 2017
by Nadia Duncan
I’m a textbook Scorpio. So, the season of rebirth has always been a huge struggle for me to overcome. When the weather turns warm and the animals and scenery come back to life, it’s as if all the energy in my body has been drained right out of me! I start feeling groggy, unmotivated and burned out most of the time. Maybe I’m alone in this feeling, but I’ve always called it my Spring Slump. It happens every year, and as a college student it’s more important than ever not to let it get to me. So, without further ado, here are the five strategies I use and recommend to avoid the Spring Slump!
- Prioritize yourself
During this challenging time, you are the most important part of your story. Don’t feel selfish about saying “no” to a hangout when you need to do your essay. Friendships and romantic relationships are important, but don’t use them as a reason to be distracted from your educational commitments. Remember, you (or someone who loves you very much) paid a lot of money so that you could be here at Purchase College!
- Get organized
A cluttered space is the physical manifestation of a cluttered mind. Create a space in your room for your homework and books, and keep that space separate from the area where you sleep. If you’re constantly forgetting about assignments, invest in a planner, whether in digital form or on paper, to keep all of your commitments in check. And that leads me to my next point…
- Stay clean
If a cluttered space is bad, a dirty space is even worse. One of the primary warning signs of the Spring Slump is dishes piling up in the sink, laundry going undone for weeks on end, and a bathroom that hasn’t been touched with bleach in who knows how long. Take the time out of one day to really clean your space; there’s a peace of mind to be found when you’re in a clean and safe environment in your home-away-from-home.
- Find a healthy outlet for your stress
I’ve always gone by the “Work hard, play hard” mantra. It’s completely natural to want to blow off some steam on the weekend after a long week, but make sure you’re taking the necessary steps to ensure your health and safety. Choose constructive, not destructive, activities to engage your mind during your free time. Go see a play, or a music performance, or an art exhibition on campus; I can guarantee that your friends have been inviting you to something going on this week. It may sound a little lame, but you will find more enrichment through positive mental stimulation than some other, less favorable choices.
- Get excited
The key to getting over your Spring Slump, or any time in your life when the going gets rough, is to find something to get excited about. Whether it’s the next book you’re reading, or a new Netflix show that you’ve been dying to watch, or a project of yours that is finally coming to fruition, find a part of your life that can keep you motivated to complete the responsibilities that you may not like as much. Get excited about anything, big orare so many places in your life to find joy, and it’s up to you to allow the joy to overtake the sorrow. Remember; just take things one step at a time. Celebrate the small victories, and before you know it, your Spring Slump will be a thing of the past.