Stay motivated this exam season

Hargun Atwal - 17 December 2021

Finals are coming while winter has already surrounded us. If you’re suffering from seasonal blues or you're feeling overwhelmed by the constant drone of study and work, there are many resources that anyone can reach out to. Keep on reading to find out some ways to take care of your mental and physical health!

Although the holiday season is right around the corner it is essential that you stay on top of your coursework and take care of yourself physically and mentally! This is your time to end your semester off with a bang!

Peer support

If you are ever on campus and want to talk to someone and address your stress, you can go talk to those at the Peer Support Centre. They are there to listen and help you and they want to support you as well as they can. You can find their hours on (and even some advice for your student life) right on the UASU website. It is an awesome resource that doesn’t get as much credit as they deserve.

This is a great opportunity to initiate a conversation with someone who will be able to help you through things you are struggling with or honestly if you just need someone to talk to. It’s not always easy talking about a certain topic with friends and family but the people at the Peer Support Centre offer their valuable time to help you out! It’s a great place and definitely recommend you check it out!

There are also other resources available within residence as well. Your Peer Tutors are great resorces to study and pick up tips about specific classes from students with previous experience.

There is also your Faculty in Residence, a current faculty member who lives right on East Campus. If you ever have questions about your degree, or want to know more about your specific courses or perhaps a few studying or time management tips, you can always reach out to them.

There is also the Academic in Residence, a PhD student living in Lister who's there for your assistance. If you have any questions regarding grad school, putting together a resume or cover letter, or advice about transitioning into university life, this could be the resource for you.

Physical exercise

The campus Van Vliet Centre offers plenty of opportunities to be physically active, from exercise programs like dance and yoga to intramurals to the fitness centre and pool. VVC is also home to many clubs and wellness programs through Campus and Community Recreation.

I love the fitness centre as it has everything you need and if you are ever feeling stressed or need time away from your studies this is a great place for you. As a bonus, you’ll probably also end up recognising a face or two while you are here. I’m also a big fan of the intramurals offered as well.

There are also the residence gyms which are a great resource if you don’t feel like leaving the comforts of residence. Lister has residence gyms located in Henday and Chalifoux Hall with great equipment for your own specific workout needs. There are also residence gyms available in Peter Lougheed Hall for your convenience.

Finally, let’s not forget about dodgeball…. Make sure to always keep an eye out on the Lister Dodgeball League Instagram page for updates on drop in times as they are a great way to destress and take it easy during the hectic exam season!

Intramurals are run by the broader University of Alberta community and are an opportunity to meet new people in an environment that aims to improve student life through teamwork, sports, and fun. It's a great chance to make new friends while playing the game that you love.

After a stressful day of studying it’s always relaxing heading over to the VVC to end your day off with a game of puck at the rink. Not to mention ODR (outdoor rink) season is fast approaching for all you skaters. :)

Get out into nature

We are lucky to have a beautiful campus and river nearby, so take some time to go on walks across to explore buildings and their architecture or just sit down somewhere and take a breather. Walking around the river is always calm and relaxing and the views and personal space with yourself or friends can really take you away from the hectic university life.

I love going on walks around the river valley. It’s very peaceful and a great time to put on some music and take a stroll in the City of Champions. Although, make sure that if you do choose to go out that you dress appropriately for the weather. The last thing that you want is having to defer your final because you aren't feeling well. Hat, jacket, gloves and you are all set for a great stroll!

Hang out in the lounge

If you ever want to talk it out or take a break, come out and strike convos with floormates in the lounge. You can talk about your day or something that brings you joy, and this can help you shift gears and maybe get you out of a funk.

If you ever want to speak personally or have a one-on-one with someone, your FC and RAs are more than happy to take some time to have a good chat and see how everything is going in life and give more advice on how to deal with the balance of school and life.

Honestly, I love hanging out in the lounge late at night talking to your floormates. It’s a great way to destress after a long day of studying and the connections you make while in residence will last you a lifetime.

Make sure though that you aren't sacrificing your sleep schedule for this! You want to find that balance while maintaining both your physical and mental health!