I have a full list of time-management and procrastination tricks on my blog, but for freaking out during midterms, here's my top three:
1. Stay Active!
Whether we like to admit it or not, your brain is contained within an actual physical body. And that body is designed to move. So don’t just cram it into a desk chair and leave it there all day. Get up. Move around. Stretch your legs, do some cartwheels, jump on your bed. On your breaks, take a walk to visit a friend, or go outside and lie under a tree. Do somersaults in the park. Anything. Just make sure you keep moving. I recommend that you get up and move for at least 5 minutes out of every hour that you are sitting. Moving around not only shakes the kinks out of your muscles and joints, it can also shake the kinks out of your mind. I even have one friend who does a handstand whenever she runs out of ideas, and you know what? It really works.
2. Change the Scenery
We all have our favorite places to work; the place we study best, the place we do our best writing. Know where your favorites are, but don’t be afraid to change it up every once in a while. Having trouble understanding that math concept? Take your books outside and sit under a tree for a while. Maybe those fractal equations make more sense when you look up at the tree branches. Need to edit your rough draft? Print it out and take it with you. Sit on a porch or patio, go to a library or coffee shop, crash on a friend’s couch. Change your scenery and you just might change your perspective.
And last, but most important…
3. There’s Always Time For Happiness
It’s easy when you have a heavy workload to get so bogged down in your assignments that you forget to have fun. Happiness really can make your work seem easier and more pleasant, even if it’s not. Don’t forget to do the things that you enjoy, and make a little time in your day to goof off. Stay above the stress, take deep breaths, and you'll be fine!