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Managing Stress During Finals

It’s finally that time of the year. The time of the year filled with anxious nail-biting, sloppily written notes and a stale mix of dark circles and coffee breath. Good times? Maybe not, but I’m here to make them a little less stressful and a lot more bearable. So let’s get started! Here are all the things you need or should do to reduce your stress level during finals.

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Warm Drinks

Let’s start with the basics: warm drinks. Grab your favorite mug and fill it with a cup of warm coffee or tea. Not only will the caffeine give you the boost you need to get through this week, but it’ll instantly relax you. There’s something about curling up with a warm drink and fuzzy socks that clears your mind.

Write Out Your Notes

Writing is one of my biggest studying hacks. You’ve probably heard it a million times, but writing helps you memorize facts and makes your readings more engaging. Not only does it help you remember, but it can also be a relaxing way to study. While you are busy making your notes Pinterest-cute, info is seeping into your brain. My favorite way to study is by writing out all my notes than reading back over them a couple of times.  If I know, I’m going to have an essay question I’ll look up sample questions and write out responses. Just make sure that you write your notes in your own words so that they make sense to you.

Bake

Baking is a relaxing way to take a study break while getting something done, that something being eating. Since its finals week, I would recommend baking something with nutritional value. For instance, delicious energy balls that will keep you going throughout all of finals week.

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Study Date with Friends

It may sound tempting to hole up in your room until the end of finals. But to keep your mental health intact, it’s essential that you don’t isolate yourself. One of the ways you can do that during finals week is by arranging study dates. As mentioned in my recent favorites post one of my favorite ways to be productive is to have my roommates all gather in my room, and where we have a big study sesh. The best ones involve pizza, vegan pizza that is.

Sleep

If you’re like me, sleeping can be hard when your brain chooses to remind you of everything you should be doing. But without sleep, your body will crash, no matter how many espresso shots you put in your next Starbucks order. So spray some lavender on your pillow, play some relaxing music and get to bed.

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To- Do list

The human brain is wired to feel accomplished when writing to-do lists. It makes us feel like we have everything under control, even if we don’t. Unfortunately most of the time we write them down and never look back at them again. I learned a tip of how to implement and effectively use to-do list from one of my favorite YouTubers, muchelleb. Start by making a huge brain dump. Write down everything you have to do from writing a final paper to painting your nails. Then each day pick out your top three to-dos. These are the things you absolutely have to get done that day. Next break down each to-do by the steps you must do to complete each task. This will provide a sense of accomplishment and keep you from getting overwhelmed. Instead of seeing “study for final” you’ll know to start by making index cards for each key vocab term, a much more doable task.

Stick to Your Self Care Routine

Self-care is essential in keeping you from getting overwhelmed during finals. It may seem like you don’t have the time, but it’s important that you make time. Self-care keeps you mentally stable, allowing you to concentrate on studying rather than convincing yourself you’re going to fail, drop out of college and live in a box; trust me I’ve been there. Devoting as little as a half hour of self-care every night will help prevent this. Take a bath, give yourself a facial, and breathe, you’re going to be okay.

Let me know what your favorite study tips are in the comments. Now stop procrastinating and go get shit done; you got this!

 

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