All around the country, students are going through this right now. Finals week brings out the worst in us, and it’s very important to get through all the madness without any victims left behind. It’s very important to cope with all the academic weight that suddenly falls on our shoulders.
All around the country, students are going through this right now. Finals week brings out the worst in us, and it’s very important to get through all the madness without any victims left behind. It’s very important to cope with all the academic weight that suddenly falls on our shoulders. Almost all of us are aware of stress-reducing and time management techniques, but does anyone really try to practice them during the week of hell?
Here are seven things you can do to loosen up your hellish experience and make your finals week easier:
- Disconnect. As hard as it may be, it’s one of the best decisions you can make. Imagine how much time you spend scrolling through your Facebook feed or liking pictures on Instagram? Yes, A LOT! And this time tends to increase tremendously during finals week. Deactivating your accounts can be the most beneficial thing you could do to gain time, and thus, reduce stress. Personally, I found myself procrastinating on all possible social media platforms the day before my final, tagging my friends on every possible post, sending snapchats all day, and then crying at 4 am that I’m so exhausted and not fully prepared yet. So, don’t be like me, and do yourself a favor – deactivate your accounts, or at least turn off your phone during studying.
- Don’t forget to take breaks. It’s best to take a 5-10 minute break every hour or two. Go stretch, breathe, have a snack (jumping on social media doesn’t count). This way, your mind will be capable of staying active longer.
- Socialize. Don’t forget to talk to actual human beings. Call your friend, or your mom. Talk to someone in the library. Talking to people boosts our energy, and for a moment makes us put stress in the background.
- Go outside. There’s no way you can stay sane and energetic while staying inside all the time. Go for a walk, meet up with a friend for lunch – none of it would hurt.
- Don’t forget to eat healthy. During stressful events, our body and immune system tend to become very weak, and it’s not a surprise why so many students get sick during finals week. Snacks, especially candies, chocolate bars, and chips are the best and fastest solutions to quickly grab something during studying (at least for me). But nothing would be better than eating as many fruits and vegetables as you can, and drinking plenty of water. Your body will thank you.
- Exercise. I’ve rarely heard anyone mention working out during finals week, but it’s so important not to forget about physical activity. Exercising reduces stress and anxiety, and stimulates the brain. I know there’s not that much time, but getting in at least 15 minutes on a treadmill would benefit you.
- Sleep. All-nighters sometimes are inevitable parts of college life, but all the caffeine in the world won’t replace the benefits of sleep. Make sure you get some of it, or even if you can’t, take naps.
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