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Hey future and current badgers!

At this time of year, we all know that things can get overwhelming, whether it be your schoolwork, a part-time job, or even just the weather getting colder. For myself, I find that the lack of sunlight, the freezing temperatures and the increased stress of everything piling up can make me want to hide under a blanket all day.
But we all know that this isn’t realistic (okay maybe once in a while), so I’m going to be sharing with you some of the tips that I’ve picked up over the past few years of my university journey to ‘keep calm and carry on’. These tips are super helpful to remember and use when I think that I can’t handle everything going on in my life at the moment. Here’s hoping you can use one or two to brighten your days this upcoming December!

1) Make a healthy and festive study snack
Whether you are busy finishing assignments or studying for upcoming exams, I find that it’s important to remain healthy so that I feel awake and energized in order to stay up late. But I also like putting a little holiday twist for fun! Some of my favourites are pita trees and Grinch kabobs (also feel free to enjoy while watching xmas movies).

Pita Trees https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/222576406561842146/
Grinch Kabobs https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/163114817727388978/

2) Spend time with friends
One of my favourite ways to de-stress during December exam season is to spend time with my friends. Whether I am studying with a group of people in my program, going for an adventure to Niagara Falls to check out the festival of lights, or even just grabbing a coffee after class, taking the time to visit with friends can give me a whole new perspective on life during a stressful time.

3) Take some time to exercise
As someone who likes to exercise normally, it can be difficult to motivate myself to go to the gym when I’m busy with other things. But Brock has spaces available for drop-in recreation and has ExpressFit classes available throughout the week that are FREE to students! Check out Brock’s recreation page for more info and stay active! https://brocku.ca/recreation/fitness-programs/

4) Multitask your free time
Keeping in line with my earlier suggestion of hanging out with friends, making time to finish everything on my to-do list can be difficult. So I like to try to multi-task by taking my breaks and doing something that I need to accomplish at the same time. Try Christmas shopping with a friend once you finish a big assignment, or even just putting away groceries and jamming out to some music!

5) Make an assignment paper chain
Finally, I find that I start to get homesick once December hits and I begin to count down the days until I get to go home for the winter holidays. So last year I made a paper chain, literally counting down the days until I got to go home for 3 weeks of eating home cooked meals, visiting family and enjoying the break, and it was so satisfying to be able to tear off that last ring! Maybe you can even make it like an advent calendar and attach a treat to every ring as a small reward for getting through each day.

And here’s where I leave you badgers, wishing you good luck in getting through this December and hoping that you are able to keep stress at bay using my tips.

Until next time,
Becca

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