Finals Week: How to Manage Your Stress

Finals Week: How to Manage Your Stress

 

Finals are almost here and the stress that comes along with them.  To often students make the mistake of sticking to a few simple rules which reduce stress and help you remember what it is you are studying.  Here are some tips to help you have less stress and get those A’s.  Don’t forget to reward yourself with some fun and relaxation after it is all said and done.

 1. Avoid stressful people

Stress actually is contagious. During exam week, resist the urge to have a study session with your super-tense or distracting friends, especially if they are complaining about all the work they have to do and breaking pencils all over the place. Any large distractions or their stress will only add to your stress.

2. Eat healthy, Exercise, and Take Breaks

This one is easy but the most forgotten. Skip the sugar, which will make you crash, and go for healthy snacks like granola bars, healthy cereal or fruits and veggies to keep your blood sugar stable. If you’re studying for a long period of time, eat some protein too. Also, try to get some form of exercise. For every hour or so that you work, take a 10 or 15 minute break. Let yourself do whatever you want (check Facebook, check out that guy sitting nearby, stare off into space, call a friend, etc.) and then start working again. Even a 10 minute walk will force you to stand up, get some air and breathe which will leave you calmer and more focused.  Finals are all about endurance and challenging yourself to keep studying for as long as possible. Taking frequent breaks will make it less likely that you’ll burn out on studying and help you stay focused and motivated to get through it.

 3. Say NO!

What you need to say no to are the people who want to take up your time. There will probably be a friend who needs to talk to you for hours about their life or a party the night before and if you say yes, you’ll probably be tempted to blow off studying. Resist the urge. Say no to the distractions and be selfish for a day. Finals come once a semester, whereas stories and fun are year round.

4. Take breaks and Get Sleep

For every hour or so that you work, take a 10 or 15 minute break. Let yourself do whatever you want (check Facebook, check out that guy sitting nearby, stare off into space, call a friend, etc.) and then start working again. Finals are all about endurance and challenging yourself to keep studying for as long as possible. You’ll be able to focus better and remember more. Taking frequent breaks will make it less likely that you’ll burn out on studying and help you stay focused and motivated to get through it.  Too many people try to go for days without sleep during finals. Depriving yourself of sleep actually hurts your studies. You’ll be able to better remember what you’re studying if you’re well rested.

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