Getting Back Into a Routine
Why the “same old, same old” is the key to success.
Jolie Money | Lifestyle Editor
Although the fall semester is heading towards its busiest time for most college students, it can still be difficult to find a routine that works for your crazy schedule. However, here are some great tips to help you create a routine that works for you.
Keep a Consistent Sleep Schedule
According to the National Sleep Foundation, young adults ages 18-25 should get seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Without a proper night’s rest, your productivity, mood and health can be affected. Cutting back sleep by even one hour can cause a lack of performance the next day. When you are cramming for your next exam, remember that pulling an all-nighter won’t be the best thing for your academics.
Once you figure out your sleep routine, it is important to maintain it – including what time you wake up every morning. Even on days when you don’t have an 8 a.m. class, stay consistent with the time that you wake up so that your body can have a healthy inner clock.
The technical phrase for the body’s clock is circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythms are the body’s 24-hour cycles that execute essential functions, one of which is the sleep-wake cycle. Throwing off your sleep schedule greatly effects your circadian rhythm, causing you to struggle to fall and stay asleep.
Make a Workout Plan
Along with a sleep schedule, planning when you can work out can help you manage your time, while ensuring that you get the exercise you need. According to Children’s Minnesota, college students should be getting about 2 hours and 30 minutes of cardio a week, and they should dedicate two days a week to weight training.
Not only will a workout plan benefit your physical health, but it can help your mental health as well. Exercise releases endorphins and relieves tension, both of which can help with depression, anxiety and stress.
Find Your Study Zone
Whether it be in your dorm or at a coffee shop, early in the morning or in the late afternoon, finding a time and place that lets you focus on your studying is vital to start your semester off on the right foot. Try to pick somewhere where you cannot be easily distracted, but factor in occasional breaks to give yourself some rest. Snacking on nuts or berries can help improve memory, and you should always stay hydrated with water.
While these tips are more academic and health-focused, make sure you dedicate time to hang out with friends, call family and relax. It is easy to let certain aspects take up more time than others but setting a routine will allow you to find balance.
Jolie Money currently serves as our Lifestyle Editor. She is a current senior, majoring in English with a minor in public relations. The Headland, Alabama native loves thrifting, yelling at reality TV shows, and personality quizzes. She has previously served as a writing contributor.