Tips for Dealing with [Finals Week] Stress

Hi everyone!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday. 🙂

My days lately are just running into one another…it’s so hard to keep track of the days when there are no classes to help me remember.

I have been extremely EXTREMELY stressed the past several days.  My Chem final was Monday and it was harder than I had expected (it was harder than EVERYONE expected, based on what I have heard from my classmates) and today I have my Bio final at 12:30 and my eight-page Theology paper due by five.  Yesterday was a hot mess and I was in the student center basically from when I left the gym at 7:30 a.m. to when I went to my room to go to bed last night.  A lot of coffee was consumed, lots of music was listened to, and an infinite number of practice problems were solved.

No wonder my friends say that I’m the “mom” of our group…I always pack myself a lunch to take with me to study.  Yup.  Coolest kid in school.

Don't judge the pretzel-to-sandwich ratio happening here.

Don’t judge the pretzel-to-sandwich ratio happening here.

Of course, I had a banana too…I just couldn’t bring myself to post another picture featuring a banana because I’m trying to pretend that I don’t have a problem.  Shhh.  It’s really cool, guys, don’t worry.

Since it is finals week for many college students right now, I thought that I would share a few of my strategies for dealing with stress.  These are specific to finals, obviously, but a lot of them apply to many other situations too!

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HOW TO DEAL WITH [FINALS WEEK] STRESS:

1.  Exercise.  <— My favorite way to deal with stress.  Writer’s block?  Grab your sneaks and go for a short run.  Hitting a wall in your studying?  Take a break and hit the gym for a little bit.  Trust me, you’ll feel a lot better.  Even just twenty minutes of cardio helps me to clear my mind, calm down, and refocus.

2.  Eat [the right] food.  Sure, that candy/pizza/soda seems like a great idea right now, but it’s probably going to make you feel like crap later and definitely will not give you the energy you need to power through studying and exams.  I’m a huge fan of sugar and caffeine (because who isn’t?) but just because it’s finals week doesn’t mean you should go to town and stress-eat everything in sight.  Everything in MODERATION.  Eat lots of protein, fruits, and veggies and treat yourself when you really need it. 🙂

3.  Give yourself a break (or two or three).  You’re not going to be able to focus on one subject for a whole day – and even if you think that you can, you’re probably not absorbing as much as you could be.  Every few hours, take a break, stretch, walk around, hit the gym…get a change of scenery.  Move to a different table wherever you’re studying.  And switch subjects/material every few hours so that you spend even amounts of time on each.

4.  Spend time with friends.  One of the worst things you can do during a stressful time is hole up by yourself and not see the outside world – let alone your FRIENDS – for days.  Even if you don’t think you have time for it, MAKE time – even just a twenty-minute conversation over crappy dining hall dinner food can help to distract from the stress of finals (for both of you!).  My thing lately is going to the gym and then straight to dinner with two of my friends.  They’re two of the things I do every day anyway, so going with friends is an easy way to hang out without feeling like I’m losing study time.

5.  Treat yo’self when you’re done!  You’ve worked hard – you deserve a reward.  For me, the reward usually involves food because, well, FOOD.  To celebrate the end of Theology (because that class turned out to be WAY more stressful than we ever expected), L and I are going brunching tomorrow (side note: the restaurant we’re going to has GF crepes and I’m SO BEYOND EXCITED).  But your reward should be something that you love, whatever that may be!  TREAT YO’SELF GIRL.

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I hope that everyone is having a wonderful week!  Time for me to do some last-minute Bio studying before the exam – and to get some more coffee in my system so I’m nice and awake for it. 🙂  Happy Wednesday!

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2 thoughts on “Tips for Dealing with [Finals Week] Stress

  1. “because, well, FOOD”<—how I make all of my life decisions.

    • Haha, I wrote the main part of this post the other day and when I read over it today and saw that part, I laughed out loud! Had to keep it. Obviously I was hungry when I was writing…

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