As a college student, finding a balance between classes, work and a healthy lifestyle is not always easy to accomplish. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed once in a while, especially in such a stressful time as is exams week.
Here are some study tips to help you de-stress during finals week!
If you don’t have time to join a gym or a fitness class, don’t let this become another stressor in your life. You can offer to walk someone’s dog, or find a 10-minute exercise routine online you can fit between all the studying.
Staying active helps your body produce and release endorphins, which in turn help reduce stress, improve mood, enhance self-esteem and increase energy levels.
Get enough sleep
If you read our Essential List of Study Tips, then you know why all-nighters are a bad idea. Regardless, we’ll say it again: sleep deprivation reduces cognitive skills. It can make you feel groggy, find it harder to concentrate, and “zone out.” Stop procrastinating, and keep a regular sleeping schedule. A good night’s rest is more important during a final exam than a night of cramming a semester’s worth of information your brain won’t be able to retain.
Eat smart and drink lots of water
Starting the day with a good breakfast will help keep your energy up throughout the day. Try keeping healthy snacks like an apple or walnuts conveniently available to avoid an afternoon headache. Finally, research shows dehydration can impair memory and focus. Make water your main choice of drink, especially when you feel thirsty.
Be kind to yourself
You are your worst critic, and this can often lower your self-esteem. Think of what you would tell your best friend or sibling if they were in your situation; it may sound silly, but give yourself a pep talk in front of the mirror once in a while.
Figure out the root of the problem
Is it something you can fix? If it is, fix it. If you feel overwhelmed and need help, remember there are people here to talk you through it.
If you can’t fix it, then it’s out of your hands; don’t let it stress you out.
Take deep breaths
Step back and look at the big picture. Practicing relaxation techniques can help relieve some of the anxiety; take deep breaths, meditate and try some rhythmic exercises.
Talk to a friend
Sometimes it helps to talk through your problems. Try grabbing a cup of coffee with friends for a few minutes, sharing a meal with your roommate or calling home to tell someone about your day.
What do you truly enjoy? Watch that movie you’ve seen a thousand times with a nice cup of hot chocolate, dance along to your favorite song or curl up with a good book.
Remember, problems are temporary
No matter how long your to-do list is, or how many exams you’re studying for, remember everything will pass. If you think about how you’ll feel one or two weeks from now, you’ll see life is much easier when you take it in stride.
We hope these tips help you have a good finals week!