Ahh Finals Week! After what always seems like too short of a summer and a fall semester that dragged on, another week of torture is here. Time to whip out the textbooks, put new batteries in your calculator, and stock up on Red Bull, because it’s going to be a long one.
Whether your finals started this week, start next week, or you’re already done (I’m looking at you community college students), the beginning of December is one of the most stressful times of the year for us college students. You thought your classes’ coursework was hard enough, but to end the semester, every class has to suck the happiness out of you by making you take a final. Everything you have learned in the past four months, crammed into one test. Sounds fair, right?!
Nonetheless, we must take these finals if we want to pass and someday leave the 13-18 year-long agony we’ve been stuck in called the American education system.
Believe me, I know finals week is rough. I’m a procrastinator myself, so I make it that much harder at the end of the semester. I feel your pain, but I’m here to help. I may not be able to help you study for your finals, but I can help relieve some of your stress. Being stressful is a natural reaction when it comes to finals week. Stress weakens your immune system and makes you feel sad: things you do not want to have when taking a test. Some might think it’s impossible to not have stress during finals week, but I’m here to prove them wrong. Here are five tips that will help you relax and feel confident about your finals.
Turn Up…the Music
Everyone listens to music, but have you ever thought about the effects it has on you? Listening to upbeat music will make you feel happy and positive, and listening to smooth, instrumentals can calm you down and make you feel relaxed. It never hurts to have a random dance party to shake-off some of your stress. I also find that listening to music helps me concentrate on studying. Though listening to your favorite band or musician may be distracting, having background music can help you focus on your subject and block out outside noise. My go-to music choice is classical music goes pop.
Drink A Lot…of Tea
Stress can take a toll on your body, mentally and physically, so you should do all that you can to make sure you’re not putting anything bad back in. Drinks like hot tea, milk, and vegetable juice are great for soothing your body and helping you improve your mood and calm you down before that big test.
Pass Out…in Your Bed
Sleep, sleep, and more sleep. It is crucial that you get plenty of rest during finals week, or it won’t matter how much you studied. I know that it can be hard to fit sleep into your schedule during finals week, but studies prove that students with at least five hours of sleep at night remember more information and feel less groggy while taking a test. Pulling an all-nighter may be tempting, but it’s not worth it! Get your sleep!
Throw Up…Your Hands
Regularly exercising is great for your body in general, but it is extra effective when you’re stressed out. Exercising will improve your mood and get your mind off of finals week with muscle repetition. Now I’m not saying you have to go to the gym and pump iron; chose an exercise that you enjoy and that can fit in your schedule. My favorite: a quick game of soccer.
Shoot Yourself…with a Nerf Gun
What better way to relieve some stress than acting like a kid again? Make some time in-between studying to relive simpler times. Do some coloring, play a board game, or go to Build-A-Bear Workshop (surprisingly enjoyable for all ages). Dusting off some old toys and having plat-time can do wonders to get your mind off of your studies and bring joy to your heart.
I hope you find my tips useful during finals week so you can kick stress to the curb. Good luck on every one of your all’s finals, I know you’ll do great.
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Until next time, oodbyegay, and remember:
“With great power comes great responsibility.” – Uncle Ben