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April 9, 2018 | by  | in Opinion SWAT |
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So you’ve made it to week five! It’s about this point where the thrill of Orientation (or returning to Uni), getting your party on, making new friends (or reconnecting with old ones), is starting to wear off, and you have fully dived into coursework. The assignments that looked so far away are looming on the horizon, and life is starting to get pretty hectic.

Usually at this point in the trimester I’m looking at my calendar, with all my commitments that I signed up for in the flush of beginning-of-the-trimester-enthusiasm, and feeling super overwhelmed. How can I fit it all in while still doing a good job? We’ve all heard the maxim for Uni — good grades, sleep, social life: pick two.

Well fam, I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. You totally got this.

You can fit it all in, it just requires some planning. And the most important investment that you can make in this busy period is taking care of yourself! You will be able to tackle life so much better when you’re well-rested, nourished, hydrated, and feeling connected.

All humans have the same basic needs, but every individual has differing levels of those needs. Unfortunately I have long accepted that I need at least eight and a half hours of sleep, unless I want to be a zombie the next day, lurching around in search of  ̶b̶r̶a̶i̶n̶s̶ caffeine. Some of us need a lot of social interaction, and others need more alone time to recharge. What kind of activities make you motivated to get outside and move your bod? Yoga, snowboarding or walking? What does your body need to function, and how can you make it delicious?

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