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Finals season is coming up in a few weeks, and all students can do is stress. They are stressing about studying, doing well, and worrying about stressing. We often forget to take time for ourselves during this time and destress after the long nights and hard studying. I have compiled ten ways to relieve your stress and do well this finals season.

Eat Healthy Meals and Snacks
 Often, students eat even more unhealthily during finals week than they do the rest of the semester. With a time crunch, they go for quick, tasty, on-the-go foods and mindlessly much away until they are left with an empty package. This is a big mistake. Junk food gives you instant energy or a sugar high, but it affects your concentration and memory and results in a food coma or sugar crash.

Stay Hydrated
 Your brain works best when it’s hydrated. Dehydration causes fatigue and headaches, which will distract you from your work. Caffeine dehydrates you more, so have a glass or bottle of water; your body and mind will thank you.

 When you feel your stress level is climbing, please take a deep breath for four counts, hold it for four counts, and exhale for four counts. Try this a few times. You may be shocked at how much better you feel.

Get Sleep
 Everyone has different sleep habits, but it is never healthy to pull an all-nighter. If you do, make sure you have time to nap to get the sleep your body needs. Sleep will improve the quality and retention of studying, even though you may have less study time. Less is more.

Take Breaks
  Studying non-stop is not helpful. After a long period of studying, distractions will break your concentration, and the material you are trying to learn will not be retained well. Studies show that the brain needs time to absorb what it has learned to grasp information. It would be best to use short breaks to exercise, eat a healthy meal, rest, socialize, catch your favorite TV show, enjoy the great outdoors, or do some other activity that takes your mind off the study material. You will absorb information best if you can study before going to sleep. But, the most important thing is that you do something for yourself and reward yourself for getting some work done, no matter when you find time to do it.

Choose a good study space.
 Don’t just start studying anywhere. Find a quiet, orderly place. Unfortunately, your dorm room or apartment is probably the wrong place to learn. It would be too easy to get distracted by all the familiar objects and your roommates hanging out. Instead, try to visit the campus library, which is open all night during finals week, or spend a couple of hours in a café. A peaceful environment will be an immeasurable help to your concentration.

Plan, Plan, Plan!
  “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” If you start studying without a plan, you will focus on the wrong material or get distracted. Plan how to allocate your time and what to study. Check your syllabus or ask professors for a study guide if you have an actual exam, and in the case of final papers, presentations, and projects.

Ask for Help
 Many students are afraid to ask for help. If you do not understand what to do or study, ask someone. You could speak to your professor during office hours or talk to your friends and classmates.

Talk to a counselor
 Look into your school’s counseling and health services. The Spelman College Counseling Center provides confidential counseling services to all students free of charge; you don’t need an appointment, and you don’t have to go regularly. If you need help managing your stress, consider talking with a counselor.

Call your friends
 Talking with a trusted friend or family member about how you feel helps because most of them have “been there, done that” or are also preparing for finals. Talking things out can have the immediate effect of reducing stress levels. Sharing with someone else helps you feel like you aren’t alone, which can be so helpful.

Akira Allen

Kennesaw '22

My name is Akira Allen. I am a senior biology major with a pre-med concentration at Kennesaw State University. I love writing, hanging out with my friends, and I am surprisingly really good at geography.
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