How to Set Yourself Up for a Stress-Free Semester

January 24, 2018

It’s finally here! The spring semester is upon us college students and it’s got most of us feelin’ some type of way! Whether you’re excited and feeling super motivated or anxious about what’s to come, the bottom line is that we all want to have a productive and successful semester! The goal is to earn stellar grades, stay involved in clubs, take on a job and still have a great social life. However, sometimes the pursuit of all of these things comes at a big cost! We’re so busy trying to do our best that it’s easy to get overwhelmed and find ourselves under huge amounts of stress – I know this has happened to me more than a few times! It’s difficult to be your best self when you’re sleep deprived, low on energy and stressing about 10 different things at once! If this is normally how to you feel towards the middle of the semester it’s time to make a change! It’s time to start off on the right foot and set yourself up for a stress-free semester from the beginning! By worrying less and kicking your anxieties to the curb you’ll be able to do better work, have more fun and add a nice batch of A’s to your transcript when it’s all said and done! This post is going to walk you through the things you should do now to ensure that your semester is stress-free – trust me, your future self will thank you!

Make Time for Self Care

You’re probably very concerned about your class schedule, but there’s another schedule that’s even more important – your self-care schedule! It’s so important to designate a specific time each week to sit down and attend to your self-care needs. If you don’t build time for self-care into your schedule it’s very likely that you’ll end up neglecting this crucial practice and become worn out and stressed. At the beginning of the semester look at your schedule and figure out which days you can schedule in at least 2 hours of self-care ( I personally think Sunday evenings are a great time for a little reflection and relaxation). During this time you can do whatever makes you happy, read a book, make some tea, try on some fun outfits – the only things that are off limits are homework and stressing out!

Develop a Solid Morning Routine

Mornings are a fresh chance to start the day off right, and if you make the most of them, you can really set yourself up to have a seamless, stress free day! Having a refreshing and streamlined morning routine is key to making sure everything goes smoothly throughout the day! Ever have those mornings where you’re running late, can’t decide what to wear and end up leaving important things behind once you leave your house! Those are the worst! A good, sound morning routine will rescue you from the havoc of a morning gone wrong. Once the semester starts, be sure to take a solid 30 minutes to sit down and plan out your mornings. You can make your routine as simple or as complex as you want – do whatever works for you! The most important thing is that you make use of the precious time you have in the mornings by blocking in all of the things you need to feel energized and inspired to tackle the day!

Make Great Study Guides From the Start

After you cover a unit in class make a really detailed and comprehensive study guide for that chapter. Included pictures, diagrams, and any and all relevant information on the topic. Making in-depth study guides from the start has two perks! Firstly, you’ll be very well prepared for quizzes and exams over the course of the semester. Secondly, when finals roll around you will already have studied and created study guides for every chapter so all you’ll have to do is review them – which will be piece of cake! This is one of my top tips to give yourself peace of mind as the semester goes on.

Set Some Goals

If you plan to work hard all semester you better know exactly what you are working for – there’s no sense in going into overdrive without a goal in mind! As the semester starts take the time to set some academic goals for yourself so you know precisely what it is you should be working towards. If you want to read more about setting achievable goals and earning your best grades yet, read this post! Make your goals highly visible so that you can refer back to them often, this way when you start to feel stressed you can prioritize the things you really need to do according to your goals!

Find Out Where You Can Turn for Help

Hopefully you won’t find yourself slipping up at all throughout the semester, but if you do it it will be incredibly useful to know where you can turn for a helping hand! If you do find yourself struggling in a particular class or with a really tricky assignment, having a support system and resources in place will save you a lot of stress. At the beginning of the semester you should take note of when office hours are, figure out if tutoring for specific courses is available and bookmark any useful websites related to course material. Make note of as many resources as you can – the bigger the safety net the better!

Organize Your Commitments and Assignments

If you want to be in complete control of your life and eliminate a large amount of stress you’ve got to organize all of your commitments and assignments from the start! Keep track of your classes, your job, your academic commitments, and your extracurricularts through the calendar of your choice! Also be sure to go through each syllabus and record the dates of exams, quizzes, papers and other crcuial due dates, I recommend that you keep track of this info in a planner. By organizing all of your commitments and school work from the beggining you’ll be able to steer clear of nasty surprise assignments and manage your schedule with ease!

These are the several measures you should take now to ensure that you can be stres free later on. Even if you aren’t in college, feel free to use these tips to reduce your stress and get on track to success! We can all benefit from some careful planning and lots of me time!


  • Annaliese

    January 25, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Good luck with your semester! I definitely did better at this during some semesters than others in college.

    xoxo A


      January 30, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks Annaliese!

  • Shaguna

    January 25, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    For me, having a cleaning day, laundry day, and grocery day helped!


      January 30, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      Dividing your tasks out by day is a great idea!

  • Deborah

    January 26, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    These are all really great tips, especially about self-care! If I could go back to college I would make that a priority!


      January 30, 2018 at 9:12 pm

      I’m trying to make it a priority now and it definitely takes some work!

  • the sophia diaries

    January 26, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    couldn’t agree with these any more!! especially the part about setting a schedule and a morning routine!


      January 30, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Yes! A good morning routine really keeps me focused on getting to class on time.

  • Kristin

    January 27, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    These are such great tips! Taking time for self care is SO important in college!

    The Blush Blonde


      January 30, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      I couldn’t agree more!

  • nicholle

    January 28, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Having a morning routine helps so much! I like to drink coffee and listen to the local radio show as I get ready.


      January 30, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      Listening to the radio is a great idea! I’m trying to get into podcasts but I haven’t committed yet!

  • Azanique

    January 29, 2018 at 4:41 am

    What wonderful tips! Developing a solid morning routine was always so hard for me.

    -xo, Azanique |


      January 30, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      I find I really need to cut out time and put some thought into my morning routines unless I just won’t have one!

  • Amanda

    January 29, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    These sound like the perfect tips to get spring semester started right– thanks for sharing!


      January 30, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks Amanda!

  • Audrey Marie

    January 29, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    I wish I had made study guides from the start when I was in college. It would’ve made finals so much easier!


      January 30, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      It really makes things so much easier!

  • Danielle

    January 31, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    These are all such great tips! For me, the biggest struggle was staying organized.


      January 31, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      Organization is tricky, I’m still figuring it out myself!

  • Logan @ Signed, Logan

    January 31, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    YES to organizing your commitments and assignments ahead of time! I always filled out my planner immediately and kept it updated, I felt so stressed out if I didn’t know what I had to do during the semester! Having it all written down made it all easy.

    Logan | Signed, Logan


      February 1, 2018 at 12:00 am

      So true! Using a planner can save you sooo many headaches down the road.

  • Nika

    February 2, 2018 at 11:51 am

    A morning routine really helps to set the stage for your day. Great tips


      February 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks Nika!

  • The Critical Babe

    February 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I just graduated from undergrad and I second the make a schedule for yourself! It’s a true lifesaver.


      February 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      Schedules are everything!

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