Finals are stressful, and it's important to take some time to relax and manage your stress levels.
Here are some tips to de-stress during finals week.
Make a Study Schedule: By creating and sticking to a study schedule, you can limit your stress. Take the amount of hours and days you have to study and break it up between your subjects (and know that some classes might need more studying time than others). Once the time is broken up, write exactly what you plan on accomplishing during that time.
Take a Nap: If you are extremely tired, anything you attempt to study and learn will not stick. Take a quick 20-30 minute nap to quickly recharge.
Eat Healthy Meals and Snacks: Eating good, healthy food will make you feel better, lesson your stress, and keep your stomach feeling fuller for longer. Try snacking on fruit and veggies, healthy nuts, etc. And remember to stay away from the junk foods that are full of fats and sugars.
Take a Bubble Bath or Shower: Take time to relax with a bath or shower. Warm water is a great way to relax your muscles and de-stress.
Schedule Time to Go Out: Take time to go out and decompress. Go outside and get some fresh air, take a walk around campus (or your neighborhood), and spend time with friends. Remember that balance is the key.
Move and Exercise: Go for a walk or jog, try some yoga, or just dance around your room. Get your heartrate up, wake up your muscles, and get the endorphins pumping.
Drink Plenty of Water: Put down the coffee and the energy drink and have a glass of water. Make sure your are staying hydrated, because we all know a well hydrated body and brain helps with learning and memory.
1. Doodle a picture of a your favorite animal (the goofier, the better!)
2. Take a step outside and enjoy the fresh air (even if it is just for a minute)
3. Crank up the volume of your favorite song and enjoy three minutes of solid rocking out
4. Do 10 jumping jacks and really get those endorphins flowing
5. Reward yourself with a piece of candy or junk food
6. Try a few deep-breathing techniques (even if they seem a little awkward)
7. Ease muscle tension you get from sitting hunched over textbooks by doing a few minutes of easy stretching
8. Dream up, sketch, or online window shop for the perfect summer outfit
9. Maintain a positive perspective by jotting down a list of your 5 favorite things about life right now
10. Walk a lap or two around wherever you are studying
11. Give your mom, BFF, or whoever can make you laugh, a quick phone call (just don't chat for too long!)
12. Candy Crush? Temple Run? Among Us? Enjoy a round of your favorite game
13. Take 2 minutes to fantasize about all of your summer plans
14. Play a quick game of charades with your study buddy
15. Take a few minutes to compose a playlist of your favorite study tunes
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