Finals week is fast approaching, and with it comes late nights at King, group meetings at B.E.S.T., and last-minute cramming for exams. While some of us thrive on a busy schedule and work best under pressure, the weeks leading up to exams can create large amounts of unwanted stress. If we want to end our school year strong, it’s critical to take time out to relax and unwind. Here are a few ways to de-stress while remaining motivated:
1. Get Organized:
Eliminate any chance of missing assignments, confusing exam times or turning in papers late by making a schedule. I would suggest scheduling each day of the week before AND the week of finals. Work around your classes or other activities, and set aside at least an hour or two each night to organize study materials, create study guides, or do whatever is necessary. Early preparation will eliminate the stress that comes with last-minute cramming.
2. Get Moving:
There’s no doubt that exercise is one of the best ways to relax and unwind. Just 20 minutes spent on the elliptical, taking a walk around the block, or a class at the Rec can work wonders. Physical activity will help clear your mind and rejuvenate your spirit to help maintain motivation. If you think you won’t have enough time, recall our first tip and write down a set block to head to the gym. I suggest waking up a half hour earlier each morning and getting it out of the way. You’ll begin your day feeling refreshed and productive.