How to Stay Sane During Finals

Finals week is right around the corner and if you're like us, you're not feeling really ready for it.  Luckily, we complied our best tips for keeping sane during finals week.  Just remember to do your best; that's the most important thing you can do.  Finals week is not worth sacrificing your emotional or physical health over.  In order to keep it together, follow these tips.

Work out

I know it seems crazy to suggest working out during your busiest time of the year, but trust us, it's a good idea.  Working out not only gives you mood-boosting endorphins, it also helps get your head out of the books.  It's really not healthy to study and work without breaks, so we recommend heading to the Kneller when you need to take a break. 

Meditation class

During finals week especially, RAs, clubs, and the Dean of Students Office often host free meditation and relaxation classes.  We recommend taking advantage of these free classes!  They're a great way to get your mind in a peaceful place and refresh yourself.

Get sleep

I know it seems like you have to stay up all night to cram and work on assignments, but that is a bad idea!  Your brain needs rest so you can function at peak levels.  Working through exhaustion will not help you in the long run, so be sure to prioritize sleep.

Stay hydrated

This is probably something we all need to work on.  Staying hydrated not only helps to keep you healthy, it also helps keep you refreshed.  Add lemon to your water (it's available in the cafe!) or switch to tea if you want a change of pace from plain water.

Take a shower

Not only will the people in the library appreciate your cleanliness, your body will too!  But honestly, taking a hot shower is a great way to unwind after a long day of studying.  While the dorm showers may not be luxurious, they definitely do the trick!


Coloring in an adult color book or coloring page is a great way to unwind!  Not only is it fun, it's a great de-stresser.  Get some friends together and take a coloring study break.


Laugher is the best finals medicine.  We recommend looking at memes (we love the Grinch ones) or watching funny videos.  It's so easy to find them on social media so you should have plenty of sources for laughter.

Go outside

Getting fresh air is an excellent idea!  It's not healthy to stay in the library all day.  Make sure to take time to get some vitamin D in your skin and fresh air in your lungs!

Talk to your professors

This can seem scary, but talk to your professors about what's going on.  If you have 4 papers due in one day, or 3 tests in one evening, see if any of your professors are willing to work with you on deadlines.  Many professors are willing to help you out when you talk to them in a timely manner.

Listen to music

Listening to your favorite music or even checking out some new music can help you get in the zone as you study.  Alternatively, listening to music is a wonderful way to unwind after a long day of studying.

Hang out with friends

Taking breaks with your friends is a great way to have fun after a long day of studying.  Not to mention, you're probably not going to see them over winter break so definitely take the time to spend with them while you can!

Change your location

Staying in the same place all day gets old even when you're studying.  Move around especially because we have so many great study spots on campus: Woodland Street Houses, Library, ASEC building, and even Estabrook!  Not to mentions the off campus study spots like Bagel Time or Acoustic Java.


Don't forget to take time to breathe.  Keep your mental health in check.  You are more important than your school work and worth more than any grade will ever be.  Stay focused, but take time for yourself.

Best of luck, collegiettes!