While finals week is approaching fast, during this time, stress can be through the roof. Finishing papers, projects, all while trying to study; in addition to balancing work, friends and getting the right amount of sleep is a lot of work! But don’t fret.You are not alone and there are plenty of ways to cope with the stress that comes along with school. Here are some sure fire ways to relieve stress when you need it gone the most.
1. Think of the end result in a positive way. Imagine getting good grades on all your finals and thinking about you what you to look forward to after- SUMMER! Thinking ahead and acknowledging that it will all be worth it can calm down your nerves to know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
2. Time Management. Even though the semester is ending, it is crucial to keep on top of what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it. Keeping a planner and knowing what has to get done can lower your stress levels because you’ll be on top of your game. Prioritizing tasks as A,B,C- A being the most important. In addition, avoid procrastination as much as possible. To prevent this try to set certain days when you will complete your tasks. For example, set a Focus day to complete your tasks; a buffer day to finish up; and then a free day to go have some fun!
3. Exercise. This time spent engaged in physical activity doesn’t have to be vigorous. Just enough to get your body moving and to release the tension. Yoga is a great way to get active while relaxing your body at the same time.
4. Talk to someone. Remember every other student on campus is stressing just as much as you are. Friends are a great source to turn to because they can relate and are there to support you. There are other resources such as the counseling center, help hotline and the Stress and Anxiety Student Support group that meets every Monday at 2PM in the Wellness Center Training Room.
Remember, while the end of the semester can be stressful- it will all be worth it!
Good luck and happy studying!