10 Ways to Get Through Your Mid-Semester Slump

Back from Spring Break already? *Le sigh* I know as well as anybody how difficult it can be to get back into the swing of school and work after an entire week away from reality! The Mid-Semester Slump is so real, and I’m here to help you conquer it! Here are 10 tips to help you get through your mid-semester slump.

1. Spend some quality time with your cup of Joe. I am such a coffee addict, and I love dressing up my cup-o-life, as I like to call it, with this adorable cat mug from Fox and Clover. Fox and Clover is an adorable online boutique that sells the sassiest coffee mugs that make perfect gifts for your BFF, or yourself! This cat mug {almost} makes up for the no-pet rule from my landlord (aside from my fish, Walter, but shhhh…), and it comes in both black and white, so take your pick, girlfriend! Just don’t forget your Crest Whitestrips to keep those pearly whites from staining!

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This comfy graphic tank is from Charlotte Russe, and you can find tons of similar ones here!

 

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2. Make yourself a nutritious and delicious breakfast. I can’t claim that I’m the best about making myself a giant, delicious breakfast every morning, but I do know how down I feel later that morning when I have no energy to work with! It’s so worth it to give yourself an extra energy boost, and if you whip up some yummy breakfast treats earlier in the week (like Sunday afternoon!), then you won’t have to worry about finding ingredients when you can barely open your eyes!

Here are a few smoothie recipes I found from some fellow bloggers that I am dying to try soon!

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Photo courtesy of Pinterest and Hott Mama in the City: Peach and Strawberry Smoothie

 

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Photo courtesy of Pinterest and Avery Cooks: Orange PushUp Smoothie

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Photo courtesy of Pinterest and Skinny Mom: Skinny Tropical Protein Smoothie

 

3. Get everything (and I mean everything) on your calendar now. There are only a few weeks left in the semester, and for whatever reason, everyone loves packing in their events in that small window of time! From weddings, big tests and projects to formals, make sure you’re organized so you don’t overbook! Make sure to go ahead and schedule your advising appointment for next semester, and look up when you need to return the textbooks you rented! Bring out that syllabus that hasn’t seen the light of day since the first day of class, and stop making excuses! It is never too late to start using a planner.

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4. Give yourself a clean and colorful workspace. I know personally that my brain likes color. Being a creative, I want my desk to reflect my personality, but also be clean and functional at the same time. Consider giving your desk a little spring makeover to inspire yourself to get a jump start on that research paper, or dedicating your afternoon to writing the whole next week’s blog posts in one sitting.

You use your computer every single day, so shouldn’t it be fun? Spruce it up with this Fox and Clover pineapple print mousepad. How. Much. Fun. Is. This?! Ahhhhh. Y’all already know that I’m all about some pineapples prints this season, so I am totally in love with this great find that is so unique and colorful!

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Dress up your desk with these fun Kate Spade Idiom Pencils or these Kate Spade “Dot the I’s” Pencils! Not only are pencils a desk necessity (obviously), but they make great decorations as well!

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5. Treat yo’self. Give your skin the TLC it deserves with one of these masks from Target! These little pouches of facial masks are perfect for a one time use when you’re testing out all of the many variations. The best part? They only run around $2 and totally revamp your skin–trust me on this one.

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Nothing makes me feel totally put-together like a fresh manicure in a bright, springy color. I love this polish from Essie in Cute as a Button! Pro tip, if you weren’t blessed with nail painting talents, but don’t feel like you can splurge on a full manicure, just ask the salon for a polish change. Although this does mean sacrificing cleaning up your cuticles, they only run around $5-$10, which is totally do-able for a quick fix.

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6. Start a devotional. No matter your beliefs, I think it is so important for everyone to spend a little time reflecting on the day ahead. It gives you internal peace knowing that everything is going to be okay, and you can make it through whatever the day brings you!

Personally, I am a Christian, and I love spending some time with Jesus Calling in the morning. Not only is it available in book form here, but also in an app here! The app even has an alarm feature that you can set on your own to be woken up or reminded during the day to read your daily devotion!

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If you prefer a devotion that isn’t necessarily religiously based, I highly recommend Simple Abundance, which you can find right here! This devotional book is dedicated to helping you be your best self, and although it encourages you to connect with your spirituality, you’ll find that it encourages a broad spectrum of beliefs.

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7. Spare some time for a walk or run outside.  Not only is exercise in your best interest, but getting some fresh air and Vitamin D is always an instant mood lifter! When you feel like you just can’t study anymore, grab a friend and spend 30 minutes walking or running outside. If it’s an option for you, skip out on driving to class! Leave a little bit earlier and make the hike. You’ll thank yourself after spending the rest of the day sitting at a desk.

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8. Buy yourself a seasonal candle. I am a total candle junkie! Pumpkin Spice in the fall, cinnamon in the winter, you name it! It’s pretty much become a tradition to do a little candle shopping at the start of every season. I recently spent some time scouting out the candle aisle in Target, and trust me when I say I inspected every single one. I found this glorious scent of Grapefruit Verbena that is currently burning in my bathroom. It is light and fruity, and it truly gives the whole room a lift!

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9. Get inspired! Okay, some of the quotes on Pinterest are totally cheesy. But, there is some good stuff out there too! If you have some down time, search the quote section and get inspired! If something strikes you, print it out and make yourself a quote wall for daily reminders on how you want to live your life. Check out some of the quotes below that are inspiring me to be my best self!

quotes10. Make daily to-do lists. Give yourself a break! Break big projects down day by day and prioritize. I have my fair share of projects all due at the end of the semester, so trust me when I say I’ll be taking my own advice. At this point in college, my professors have stopped giving us schedules, only final due dates. I don’t know about y’all, but that makes me nervous. But, it doesn’t have to be that way!

You want a schedule? Make your own. Give yourself little due dates for bits and pieces of your project, and form those into daily to-do-lists that are easily manageable. Breathing easier yet?

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Second semester, bring it on! If you have any tips of your own for how you get through your mid-semester slump, leave them in the comments below!

Have a great semester, and a Wesley Day!

xoxo

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