For many of us, it’s that time of year again: back to school. As we pour endlessly over our lecture notes and textbooks and drink so much coffee that we’re stumbling around in a zombie-like oblivion, it can be hard to think straight and take care of ourselves, let alone pass our exams. As someone who is going through it myself this year while also having to deal with the burden of living under a college kid budget, I’m here with eleven useful tricks for making life a little bit easier – and you can use these any time of year! If you like them, be sure to share your own with us in the comments below.
1. I have as much trouble waking up for 8am classes as the next person, so to help you wake up, set your alarm for five minutes before you have to get up and play a quick game on your phone or computer: Angry Birds, Tetris, Fruit Ninja, anything. Playing a game will stimulate your brain and help you get moving on the day.
2. Don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry; you’ll end up spending more money (that you don’t have) than you need to on impulsive buys. Have a snack first and get the essentials afterwards!
3. I don’t know about you, but I have no time to get sick. Feel a stuffy nose coming on? Cut up an onion and leave it on your nightstand before you go to bed. No sniffs the next morning! Also, a hot cup of tea with honey first thing in the morning will help you through the rest of the day. (For those of age, a shot of any strong liquor before that cup of tea will do wonders.)
4. Stressed about getting your summer job or internship? On your resume, put that you were Time’s 2006 person of the year. In 2006, Time made everyone the person of the year. Your employer might appreciate a sense of humor.
5. Whatever hair conditioner you use can double as a shaving cream! Save money and time by slathering it on more than just your head.
6. If changing up your look helps boost your mood, try adding a teaspoon of vinegar to your hair for extra shine, and add lemon juice if you want a lighter shade (though you’ll need to deep condition afterwards). Cheap and easy! Check out some of our other at-home beauty remedies, too.
7. Cure for stale cookies, because you are not in a position to be throwing perfecting delicious cookies away: just put them in a Ziploc bag with a slice of bread for a few hours, and they’ll soften right up. Then use that bread and make yourself a sandwich!
8. Space in dorms is very, very limited, so use the soda can tab to offset hangers to create space in your closet.
9. Stop procrastination with this website.
10. A good night’s sleep consists of five or six 90-minute sleep cycles. You can attribute “waking up on the wrong side of the bed” or waking up more tired than usual to interrupting your sleep cycle. Use this site to figure out when you should fall asleep and wake up.
11. If you need to restart you sleeping cycle, not eating for the 12-16 before you plan on waking on can be a quick fix. Once you start eating again, your internal clock will be reset as though it is the start of a new day. Your body will consider the time you break your fast as your new “morning.” However, always make sure you’re getting the calories and nutrients that your body needs! Your health should take precedence over all else.
Written by Alicia Perez