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As many college campuses begin their finals schedules in the upcoming weeks, it becomes especially essential to prioritize one’s physical and mental health. Papers and exams take a toll on the mind so it is important to remind yourself to be kind to yourself. I always find myself swimming in tasks and assignments during finals week, this semester will be no different. Luckily I have come across some tips and tactics for tackling this stress. Here are some ways to give yourself some TLC this finals season. 


  1. Go outside! Spring is, in my opinion, one of the best seasons no matter where you are in the world. It represents renewal and manifests that through flower buds, new leaves, and fresh rain storms. One of my favorite (and simple) spring activities to do is to go on a walk to clear my head in nature. Never underestimate the effect that fresh air and beautiful landscape can have on you. If your campus has any nice green spaces, go on a walk or have a nice little picnic outside. 

  2. Drink tea! Even if you aren’t a fan of the flavor, the act of drinking tea is relaxing in and of itself. A variety of herbs and flowers found in different tea blends are proven to have calming effects. My favorite flavors to drink before bed are chamomile and Sleepytime Tea. My super secret insider tip is to include a splash of coffee creamer in your teacup to turn your tea into a delicious latte. 

  3. Journal! It’s helpful to reflect on your stress and emotions in a safe, personal space such as a journal. As a person who loves perusing the shelves of Barnes and Noble, journal shopping is one of the most therapeutic activities in my mind. I love writing in my little periwinkle journal whenever I have a lot on my mind. It's an intimate act that allows me to reflect on my life and perhaps share things that I don't wish to speak to others about. 

  4. Have a spa day! Take a break from studying by attending a spa (aka your dorm room or apartment). Try doing a face mask, painting your nails, or convincing your roommate to give you a massage. Over this semester I’ve found painting my nails to be especially therapeutic. Bonus points to whoever has a bathtub and can take bubble baths. Splurge on a Lush bath bomb and go crazy! 

  5. Eat your favorite food! Order takeout from your favorite restaurant and watch your favorite movie for a relaxing night in. I plan to order Vietnamese food the night before one of my morning exams. There's something about slurping down pho that warms my soul and soothes my mind. Watching a feels-good movie always helps me to take my mind off of my stress, I find romcoms to be especially helpful in that field.

These are only a few relaxing things you can do; in reality, relaxation takes a variety of forms. Only you know what works for you and what doesn't. The suggestions I've provided are ones that I've tried and continue to do because I find them effective. I've tried other things that haven't worked quite so well, such as meditation. Because I didn't like meditating, I cut it out of my routine. Trial and error is key to developing good relaxation habits.

Fiona Schultz

Denison '23

Fiona is a junior at Denison University who works as the Senior Editor and Co-Chapter Coordinator for the Denison Chapter of Her Campus. She is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and is pursuing a History major as well as two minors in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Her favorite pastimes include reading mystery novels, making curated playlists, and looking at photos of dogs.
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