5 Ways to Get Out of a Slump at University

Going through a college slump is normal – and is something to be expected, even. Even the most motivated students among us get unmotivated. The good news is that you don’t have to spend the rest of your university life in this state.

Once the going gets tough, these time-tested and foolproof ways can help you get out of a rut and enjoy your semester once again.

Acknowledge and accept.

Being in a slump might make you feel that there’s something wrong with you, or that you’re a failure. If you’re having a hard time, remember that you’re studying at university in the midst of a pandemic. These unprecedented times will definitely take their toll on you, both physically and mentally. Acknowledging you have a problem is already half the battle won, while denying it will only get you nowhere.

Give yourself grace.

Some people will say not to dwell on the negativity and to focus on positive vibes only. When positivity is used to cover up a problem or to dismiss an experience, it becomes toxic. While you don’t want to dwell on your current state, it certainly helps to give in to what you’re feeling. You’re allowed to have a safe space for your feelings.

Take care of yourself.

It’s easy to get caught up in your classes, study groups, and part-time jobs. On top of that, you need to get enough sleep and maintain personal relationships. Doing these things can be exhausting, so make sure to set aside time for quality rest and relaxation. You’ll be surprised at how a Netflix binge, a full body massage, a bubble bath, or a good book can instantly pick up your mood.

Make sure to get moving, too. Exercise releases endorphins and gives you that quick energy boost to help you get through the day.

Shake things up.

Do something drastically different from what you’re used to. It could be something as simple as running in a different route, joining a new study group, or enrolling in a cooking course. Doing new things could ignite that spark and make you feel alive again. You’re also living in a new city that is vastly different from where you grew up, so take advantage of it. Round up your friends or go on a solo trip – do anything that will make you get out of that bachelor apartment. Ottawa has plenty to offer to tourists. You can visit Parliament Hill, stroll along Rideau Canal, and wander around ByWard Market.

Ask for help.

If the darkness gets too much and you feel you’re being pulled in, don’t be afraid to seek help. Talk to friends and family about what you’re going through and seek professional counseling. Both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University offer counseling services to help you get through the tough times.

By keeping in mind these tips and asking for help when needed, you’ll soon be able to get over your slump and be ready to conquer the world again.

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