Earning an online degree is a serious investment in your future, but sometimes it may feel overwhelming. Between coursework, exams, family and your job,, it’s easy to get stressed out, so here are some ways to turn the dial down and relax a bit.
- Get Up And Stay Active
Exercise is a great way to burn off accumulated stress and relieve tension. Something as simple as walking around the block a few times can help elevate your heart rate and get your endorphins flowing. If you want to get a little more serious, consider starting a regular workout routine. Not only will this give you a boost of energy, but it will also help you feel healthier.
- Eat Right
We’ve all been guilty of that late-night pizza binge or settling for Ramen dinner. While indulging yourself occasionally is fine, try to make a habit of including several servings of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Grab an orange or banana to take with you to class, or keep some spinach in your fridge to toss into your pasta for dinner. Getting the right nutrients every day gives your body the fuel it needs for you to succeed in the classroom.
- Hang Out With Your Family and Friends
Although we try to incorporate a lot of interaction in our classes, online learning can feel isolated at times. This is why it’s important to surround yourself with people who support and energize you. Try to squeeze in some time for your loved one between when you get home from work and when you hit the books. Whether it’s game night, Wine Wednesday with friends or just making sure that you enjoy a family dinner or a favorite tv show together,, this regular social engagement and connection will help keep your stress at bay.
- Make Time For Yourself
Your classes, externships, relationships and other obligations are important, but so is making time for yourself. Take an hour to read a few chapters of the latest best-seller, or binge-watch a few episodes of your favorite guilty pleasure. Just taking a quick 15-minute nap can help recharge your batteries and keep you going strong for your afternoon classes or late-night study session.
Completing an online degree isn’t easy but you CAN do it. Your Linfield faculty, advisors and other helpful staff will be with you every step of the way. With hard work and some time organization, you CAN change your life by one degree. Start now and apply today!