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4 Ways to Recover After Surviving Midterms

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There is no better feeling than walking out of your last midterm and taking a breath of relief. Now that you're finally done, check out this list of four ways to recover from midterms season.

You Made It!

If you're reading this blog post, congratulations! You got through your midterms! That is no small feat and we salute you. (If you're reading this and you haven't finished your midterms yet, what are you doing?? Get back to studying! We'll be here when you're on the other side.)

Now that you made it through the gauntlet and come out alive, what's next? How do you recover? Here are our suggestions for the four best ways.

1. Sleep

If you've been taking any of our advice, then you know that all-nighters aren't great for you. But we understand if you had to make the decision to sacrifice any amount of sleep in order to focus on studying. That's why the first step you should take to recover from midterms is to catch up on those Zs. Grab an eye mask and some ear plugs, put your phone on do not disturb mode, and crawl under those covers. There's really nothing that feels better, and you'll wake up so much more refreshed and ready to take on the world.

A college student sleeping after midterms

2. Take a Long Shower

Ideally, you could take a lengthy bath with bubbles and salts and bath bombs galore. But you're a college student, so that might not be an option, especially if you live in a dorm room. If that's the case, take a nice, long shower. Within reason, of course. We're not advocating for wasting water here. But spending some quality time with some hot water is a great, meditative activity that has the added bonus of helping with any muscle soreness that you might have gotten from bending over blue books. Oh, and making you smell better. That's always a plus.

3. Treat Yo Self

We hope that you've been eating fairly healthy in the time leading up to your midterms. Brain food and all of that. But now that it's over, you have our permission to get a little treat. Whether that's one cookie or you want to go all out in the dining hall, it's your choice. Go ham if you want. Literally. Just make sure that you get back to eating a healthy diet tomorrow.

A college student eating a treat after midterms

4. Go to an Animal Shelter with Your Friends

Okay, this is a very specific suggestion, but hear us out. Here's what we think you should do: Grab a friend or two. Go to a local animal shelter. Spend the day cuddling sweet kitties and cute puppies. There is no cuter stress reliever, and you're even doing the animals a favor by giving them some much-needed love. It's a way to bond with your friends after some time spent prioritizing studies over socializing while also relaxing and getting your fix of cute. It's a win for you, a win for your friends, and a win for the animals. Heck yeah.

A kitten in an animal shelter

How are you planning to wind down after midterms? Let us know by tweeting us @studydotcom.

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By Daisy Rogozinsky
October 2018
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