As midterms approach, I find myself getting more stressed out with each passing day. Which is really quite silly because... well, what's the point? I can only learn so much and if what I was able to cram in my poor brain over the last 6 weeks turns out to be not enough to do well on an exam, then I guess I will have done the best I possibly could and that's that.
The stress builds over the course of each day, so that in the morning I wake up tired but optimistic that I'll get everything done and finish the day in a state of near-panic because I didn't finish everything and it is so late I'll get too little sleep. You'd think I would have learned to accept and expect this by now, but for some reason it's still slightly overwhelming.
Fortunately, I have a secret weapon. Running. Some days it feels like a procrastination technique, but in fact I always come back refreshed and able to do a lot more work than I would have had I tried to sit at my desk during the equivalent time and stare at a case. The other nice thing about running is that it's one of the few times of the day when I can be alone and just think and clear my head. Tonight my brain felt cluttered on my way home after a longer-than-usual day. But now that I'm back from a short run, I feel much better and ready to tackle some more work. Which is what I'd better do right now.