Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dealing with Finals Stress

Finals.

Yep, they're here. For those of you that are already out on your way to freedom, I truly envy you. For those of us that still have a week or more left, this is for us.

Now, stress is inevitable. There is something about the end of the semester that screams "where did time go?". Well, it went here. And as much as we'd like to ignore it, it is a giant white elephant in the room. Yes, it is white. Or purple. or blue, or however else you want to look at it.

Lucky for you, there are some key ways to relieve the stress.

1) Cut out the stress and caffeine.
Gasp! You heard me, as much as you think that extra large cup of who knows what is going to help you right now, it isn't. You are going to crash, and the cycle will continue. Same goes for all those chocolaty goodies laying around the house. Just -- just don't, trust me on this. Instead, stick to fruits, veggies, and other yummy good things that will give you tons of energy to blast through those finals.

2) Do something fun.
Again, yes, I said it. "but there's no time!" you may be screaming. Well, make it. Studies have shown that a brief break from work or studying to do something enjoyable can actually help focus you. While I would advise against Facebook, Twitter, or other time sapping activities, reading a good book or giving yourself a manicure can be rejuvenating.

3) It's not the end of the world!
As hard as it may seem, finals are a small blip on the timeline that is your life. Try not to stress too much. Yes, you want to get good grades and get in to grad school, or just pass and graduate, but it is really not the end of the world. Just do your best to focus, relax, and be confident in your own knowledge.

Unless you never went to class, then I can't help you.

Good luck! Happy Studying!

Stephanie

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