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Finals. The dreaded six letter word that we all love to hate.

We love it because it means that the end of another tough semester is near but we hate it because it means a week to two weeks of cramming, a crazy sleep schedule, office hours, eating God knows what and hoping for an A or our best grade, at the end of it all. However, with all of this comes the unwanted stress.

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You know the kind. The type where you’re up at 3:30 a.m. worry if you studied enough? Yeah, that kind. Or the one where you’re like the walking dead to your 8:00 a.m. final and that espresso just isn’t doing it. Yep, that kind too! But with loads and loads of stress there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s name is de-stress!

Have you tried yoga, meditation or just turning off any devices that demand your attention right then and there? If not, you are definitely in your own way. Simply turning off your phone for a few minutes or hours can do so much good for the anxious mind. Seriously, you can get some of the best rest for your mind when you begin to detach from your phone.

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Or even those of us that have deviated from our promising work out schedule, there is hope in that too! You have to first decide what’s more important, the grade or your mental and physical health? You can’t have great grades without doing the work, but you can’t do your best work until you have clear enough head to do it. Do you see how that works?

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Maybe you just need a night out with friends. Call up your favorite girls and guys and plan an anti study session. Yep, a night where you all de-stress with fun games, good food, talking and no homework.

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All in all, there is so much you can do to let go of stress, even if it’s just for a little while because once you figure it out, you just might always use it. Good luck collegiates!

Cydney Maria (Rhines) is a creative writer, journalist and photographer located in Atlanta, Ga. She is currently a student at Georgia State University studying journalism and english. She coins her brand as something curated beautifully for those who may not feel that beauty. Her main focus is mental health, social issues, digital design and of course the beauty of black girl magic. Her main goal is to constantly write creative content that fills a need. She is currently published accross multiple platforms and looks to continue her current level of work after she graduates from GSU. Check this creative out!
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