Staying focused as you study for upcoming exams and meet homework deadlines can be difficult to do as a college student. Continuously seeking to meet the demands of our daily work as full-time students can easily lead to fatigue, stress, anxiety, and many other troublesome behaviors. However, I have found some ways to help me focus and wanted to share some tips with you.
Take time out for your mental health
It's important to be cognizant of our mental health and aim to tackle our large workload in a way that minimizes mental fatigue and frustrations. The University of Michigan’s Human Resources Department lists breathing and laughing as great ways to relieve stress and increase overall learning enhancement. The site suggests listening to jokes and watching funny videos as ways to increase moments of laughter into our daily lives. In order to accomplish this, I suggest scheduling breaks in your study time to scrolling through Tik Tok, pulling up a video of your favorite comedian, or watch a funny animal compilation. This way you can still have fun while studying and get your daily dose of humor.
What if I don’t have time?
Maybe there’s no time to sit and watch a video when there are back to back homework assignments due soon. What’s the best way to get some laughs in then? Use tv shows, podcasts, and youtube videos as background noise! One suggestion is to pick a show you are already familiar with so that you won’t feel like you are missing anything. However, there are also many great shows and videos that don’t require much concentration and yet they are still perfect for timely comedic relief. According to Effectivology, research shows that listening to background noise can offer benefits such as increased energy levels, improved moods, and improved concentration.
Try it out!
Have a video or show in mind that is easy to follow, lighthearted, and makes you smile? If so, it sounds like a great show to put on in the background while you finish your work and studying. Give it a try and Go Blue!