Have Something to Look Forward to!!!!!
It can be easy to feel like you’re drowning in finals stress when there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. To avoid this phenomenon I like to plan something fun, like a trip or concert, that I can look forward to throughout the finals season or even going to dinner with my girlfriends one night a week. Having that event in mind makes me feel like I’m working towards something, and gives me a reason to smile and push through when I feel like finals will never end 🙂
Healthy & Regular Meals
Your body, skin, and mind will thank you for this one! Eat healthy, exercise daily, and sleep sleep sleep!! Eating healthy and cutting out the junk food will leave your mind and your body energized through out your long study days. Plus, when you’re living off of junk food and Chinese takeout your body isn’t functioning at its optimal level … meaning your study sessions are likely less efficient than they could be. I also find the simple routine of going for a quick walk or run helps me when a need to take a break.
Schedule, Schedule, Schedule
I cannot emphasize how much time management helps ease stress!!! If you’re a procrastinator like me, having a schedule ensures that you don’t leave studying until the last minute. It also lets you figure out when you have time for other things you need to get done, like laundry, cleaning, meeting with friends, and going to the gym.
Once you’ve figured out a study schedule, make sure you take time to take breaks– and I don’t just mean 10-minute intervals. Finals season is extremely difficult with a heavy workload, managing your time as well as your break time helps a lot. Furthermore, having those breaks added into your schedule not only helps you avoid stress naturally by allowing your body to relax and recharge, but it also gives you something to look forward to during the week.
Don’t Cut Social Ties
Friends and family understand your busy and overwhelmed with work but that doesn’t mean you cant find time to hangout with them. When you’re stressed because you feel like you don’t understand something it can help to reach out to your study group, or a friend from class. On the opposite spectrum, however, when you’re just feeling generally overwhelmed it can be beneficial to talk to a friend or family member outside of school to get you through it!
Were challenging you to follow these five tips from us on how to survive through finals week. Just remember, you can do it. Don’t stress, just progress!!