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Marie Cascarano
Nov 8, 2019

Tips to Getting You Motivated and Back on Track

Nov 8, 2019 by Marie Cascarano

By Elena LyMbouras

It's that time of the semester again. The mid-semester blues! It can be overwhelming-- registering for classes, assignments piling up, final projects deadlines, and a sleep schedule that is beyond out of control. Take a step back and breathe. You are not alone! At times, we all fall behind, and that's okay. If you are feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated, and you just don't know what to do to get you through the rest of the semester, read up on some of these tips to help get you back on track! 

  • Make a list of all the things you need to do and PRIORITIZE them!! --do one at a time. Sometimes listing the smaller more manageable tasks first, can help you get motivated to tackle the bigger things later.

  • Create a calendar! -- write down due dates for your assignments and projects.  This can help put those scary deadlines into perspective and lessen that overwhelming feeling.

  • Brain Dump! --having a lot on your mind can be overwhelming, especially when you are trying to sleep. Instead of obsessing over these thoughts, try writing them down in a journal. This can help clear your mind so you can think clearer and help you get a better night sleep! 

  • Try Mindfulness Meditation (taking time to be mindful and breathe may help you think better and re-energize you to do more) --Stop by the Drop In Center on Mondays for Mindfulness Meditation from 1-2pm. 

  • TOA Connect -- CAPS provides MSU students free access to a completely private self-help app, there's guided therapy for depression, anxiety, stress, etc. 

While there is no single strategy that will work for everyone, there are plenty of options that you can try. If you find something that is helpful, try to incorporate it into your ongoing strategy. If not, then put them aside and try something else. Over time, these small steps can add up to big benefits.


Tiamera Rasmussen-Ellen

Great tips -- Brain Dump is def my favorite!