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October 14, 2016

Revitalization Techniques: How to Improve Your Mood and Your Mindset

Nobody said that college was going to be easy -- but you have been told countless times that it'll be worth it. That might seem incredibly difficult to believe as you prepare for your midterms. Amongst all the coffee cups and piles of notes is the carefree self you left behind when you bid summer adieu. Now is the time to reach deep down and find a piece of your summer self -- and apply it to the stressed persona that has taken over. The following steps will help you recharge and develop a healthier mindset:

Read Inspiring Books

You have piles of textbooks sitting on your desk, so it could be that the last thing you want right now is more reading material. But the right book could completely change how you feel about yourself and the challenges you face. The following titles (both fiction and non-fiction) could have a huge impact on your thinking:

  • For the Love of God by D.A. Carson (a great way to be prepared for his talk at Geneva College February 8, 2017!)
  • The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst
  • Prayer by Tim Keller

Take a Walk

Research shows that exercise influences mood, but as you prepare for midterms, you may find yourself sitting at your desk for extended periods of time. Even a few minutes of moving around can change your mindset, so get out of the chair and get outside. Let the beauty of Geneva's campus inspire you as you walk not with the purpose of getting to class on time, but just for the sake of walking.

Call Home

Your parents, your siblings, your friends from high school...they all have a way of snapping you out of your bad mood. If your roommate is too occupied with coursework to listen to your concerns right now, it might be time to pick up the phone and give someone you love a good old-fashioned call.

Prayer

The above tactics can all work wonders, but ultimately, nothing is more effective than strengthening your relationship with God through prayer. It doesn't matter if you've gotten out of the habit or if you never developed the habit in the first place it is never too late to get started. Grab your Bible, a pencil, a highlighter, and a journal. These tools aren't required, but they can help guide your prayer, especially if you feel nervous or unsure of yourself.

Don't just pray for your test to go well or your grades to improve; pray for your fellow students, your family back home, and for patience as you attempt to take in a wealth of information in time for your midterm exams. When you step back from your own concerns and listen for God’s voice, you get more in sync with His will, He promises rest for the weary (Matt. 11:28). You'll come away feeling refreshed, and you'll be reminded of why you're here.

For more information on how Geneva College can help you strengthen your spiritual life while pursuing your career goals, contact us at 855-979-5563 or admissions@geneva.edu.