It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… FINALS: 5 Quick Stress Relievers!

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Ladies and Gentleman, it is once again, that time. Finals. Dum, Dum, Dum. I already feel the chills going along my body just thinking about these next two weeks. Part of me cannot believe this almost marks the half-way point of my last year, and the other part wants me to get the heck out of here! Anyways, there are some tips I’d like for you to really consider in trying to calm your nerves and jitters about these next two weeks. Plus I’m a senior, so this isn’t my first rodeo my friends. Let’s do this!

 1) Listen to Relaxing instrumental music

This is one of the most soothing things to do while studying or writing a paper for me. Now what works for me may not work for you, and that’s completely okay. Actually, listening to piano or classical pieces helps a person’s focus and relaxation according to “The Doctors” TV show. Give it a shot, see what works or doesn’t work for you.

2) Exercise

This is probably the hardest one to do out of the five listed. I actually had some good insight from a Men’s Health article that I read over the summer to help make the exercise become more meaningful during finals time. Make sure to clear your mind and worries when going to the gym. Focus on one thing, you and your exercise objective. Whether you’re going for a big lift session, a cardio workout, or a walk around the campus, these provide such crucial breaks to studying. I guarantee a lot of you feel that “you don’t have the time to workout now.” Trust me, if you do a short 30-minute workout, it’ll be a great refresher.

3) Do some cleaning

This is probably my favorite piece from the blog I’m currently using as a reference. “Cleaning serves as a stress management technique”, according to Prevention magazine. “All that stress accumulated by intense studying has to let out in some form and moving around will serve both as light exercise and a way to reduce anxiety by getting those endorphins going.” Plus your room won’t look like a stampede ran through it!

4) “Don’t trade sleep for caffeine”

I knew I could rely on Tracy for a good reference tip. I remember when she wrote her tips to finals week survival last year.  Some of us feel the need to stay up and study late hours by indulging in copious amounts of coffee, soda, or energy drinks etc. These caffeine highs come with very nasty crashes that can be tough to recover from. Tracy brought up a great point, “While you might think you’re sacrificing work time for sleep, it’s actually one of the best things you can do for yourself.” Maybe take a quick nap to help regain focus; 15-20 minutes should do the trick.

5) DON’T FREAK OUT

Take it from me personally, the more you freak out, the less focus and will-power you’ll have to actually get work done. If a sense of panic starts to take over, move away from your work; take some deep breaths; have a snack; and try to regroup. Leave the library or the space you’re working, clear your thoughts, and then come back. You might be surprised how much better you’ll feel.

I hope you guys take into consideration some of these recommendations. This finals week is no different than any of my other six I’ve had. It’s only a matter of different classes, projects, and tests. You determine your outcome. Put in your best efforts. Here are links to one of the blogs I used for references ideas, and a reference to Tracy’s as well. Best of luck everyone!