Tips For Beating The Stress Of Finals
It’s that time of the year again… Finals week! This is the most demanding time of the year for college students and is by far the roughest. At that point of the semester, most of us are ready to tap out. Are you feeling drained? Emotionally? Physically? Mentally? Maybe it’s the warm weather calling your name or maybe you’ve about reached your limit. If you’re having a harder time concentrating or feel incredibly unmotivated to study or attend class; the chances are that you are overstressed or overworked.
But how do you relax? How do you keep calm when the list of things to do keeps getting longer and longer in your head? Often times we get so caught up with work that we forget to take a step back and breathe. It’s important to give yourself breaks every now and then in order to avoid a spontaneous breakdown. Easier said than done right? We’ve all been there at some point so here are some tips to avoid going there again.
#1 Organizing/Studying Make a list of everything you have to do in order from the earliest deadline to the latest. From there, separate assignments into smaller parts. Break things down so you have a step by step process to refer to. This can help minimize some of your worries because you now a plan on how to reach your goal. It gets overwhelming thinking about everything you have to do. Sometimes seeing the “big picture” isn’t the best way to see things. Organizing your list helps you sort out the priorities and can be a great incentive to increasing your productivity.
#2 Don’t Forget to Eat! On the outside this tip seems pretty easy to follow; as college students we know this to be untrue. Deadlines can be our worst enemy! Between your job, academics, extracurricular activities and relationships, eating and sleeping can be an easy thing to forget. Making food can be a hassle because you devote so much time prepping and cooking the food; you think of how much that time takes away from studying. However, it is critical that you have some type of food in your stomach. During Finals week, fast food might be your new best friend. It might not be the healthiest but it’s one of the two factors that get your body up and functioning properly.
#3 Twenty-Minute Power Nap! Waking up can get pretty difficult if you’re pulling 2 all nighters in a row. Once your head hits that pillow, it feels like going into hibernation for a year. Do you have an irregular sleep schedule? Do you go sleep at odd hours during the day? Are you up at weird times of the night? According to the Sleep Foundation, taking 20-30 minute naps throughout the day can help improve alertness and performance without feeling groggy or sleep deprived. For more information on this, click here .
#4 Treat Yourself! Buy the shoes. Go out to a nice restaurant. Spend time with your family. Go out with your friends. Get back into your hobbies. Go for a walk. Meditate. Take a bubble bath. Immerse yourself in the things that make you happy. It’s not always about getting that perfect grade. Despite the satisfaction and accomplishment that may give you, it is not the only kind of joy you are limited to having! Don’t lose your passions, carry them with you.
#5 Get Inspired Have you ever watched a really good movie that moved you so much it (almost) brought you to tears? Do you get goosebumps watching a certain scene, no matter how many times you replay it? The feelings you get from that can seem euphoric. You come out of that theater feeling like a changed man/woman. You feel unstoppable, confident and eager to make a difference. Have that attitude moving forward. If you can feel that way all the time, there’s more power to you. Remember the end goal. If you lose sight of what that is, remember the people who motivate you. Listen to motivational podcasts. Watch a TED Talk. Who are you idols? If they’re celebrities, watch one of their interviews. Do you have a friend or family member you look up to? Get it touch with them and see what they are up to. What are the positive influences in your life? Do you have a favorite song that gets you pumped up and ready to start the day? Create a playlist. There are so many things to get inspired from. If you lose your drive, find another one.
Here is a short summary on tips to destress:
- Organize your lists. Don’t underestimate the value of planning. Break down your assignments and studying. Take things one step at a time.
- Remember to Eat. Your body needs energy to stay productive.
- Implement a better sleep schedule. Take naps. Set multiple alarms if you like to snooze your alarms a lot!
- Invest in your guilty pleasures. Make time for what you love. Take breaks. Live a little!
- Find a purpose that inspires you. Use it as fuel to your passions.