#MiddlingMarch: The Ides of March

4 Apr

So how exactly does one handle March? It’s likely that thought has probably never occurred to you. Brutus and Cassius chose to lead more than 50 conspirators in the murder of Julius Caesar in William Shakespeare’s famous play… Luckily, in the modern age, the ides of March don’t require such brutality like the kind that stabbed poor Julius in the back. No, for a college student March just brings the overwhelming sense of “so much to do, so little time.” Of course, midterms require our undivided attention especially when as many as three can pile up on the same day (suspicious professor conspiracy perhaps?).  However, this doesn’t mean that a mental health day can’t be squeezed into our rigorous schedule of coursework. In fact, it’s quite the necessity if you want to keep your head securely on your shoulders!

When it comes to mental health days, I would humbly pronounce myself the queen of relaxation. Getting through midterms can be no easy task, even more so when you add a part-time or even full-time job into the equation. That is why at least one day a week, if possible, of “me” time actually brings so much more towards academic performance than it takes away. A mental health day can get just about anyone back into a state of clarity so that they can jump back into schoolwork refreshed and ready to succeed. Even if your schedule doesn’t allow for a full day of relaxation, even a nice afternoon can make all the difference!

If you still need a little push to help you put down the flashcards, here’s a step-by-step guide to a fabulous midterm madness study break:

  2. Put the schoolwork in a place far, far away from you
  3. Set your cell phone on “Do Not Disturb” (trust me, you’ll thank me for this later)
  4. Gather your mental health day supplies: food, blankets, Netflix, food,
  5. Food
  6. Climb into bed/a couch, turn on your favorite show or movie, and enjoy

– Diana


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