How to De-stress During Finals

Finals week is almost among us, and that means all-nighters, study sessions, and lots of caffeine to get through it all. If you are anything like the average college student, you most likely have a million projects and finals to study for. Although studying and academics are important, so is your health and well-being. De-stressing is an important aspect of success- I mean, you aren't a machine. You need to rest and reward yourself for all the hard work you are putting into your classes. Here are some ways you can de-stress during finals week to ensure you are relaxed and rejuvenated every day. 

1. Watch a funny movie

Studying isn't the most fun thing in the world, and can sometimes really bring you down. Know you are not alone and will get through it. Watching a funny movie is the perfect solution-it can help you to relax and have a couple laughs. Being happy and releasing endorphins will make studying much easier if you are in a good mood to do so. So grab some popcorn and a couple of friends to watch your favorite movie/show. 

 

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2. Listen to your favorite music

Listening to music has been proven to boost your mood quickly. Turn on your favorite tunes and have a mini-dance party. Even though studying and learning material can be serious in order to succeed, sometimes being silly and not taking yourself seriously can lighten your mood. 

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3. Clean

Sometimes taking a small break to clean and tidy your space can help you relax. I hate when my room is a mess when I'm trying to study- I just can't focus! Try spending 15-20 minutes cleaning and taking your mind off of studying, it can really help refocus your thinking and get back into your study material more smoothly. 

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4. Workout

Sometimes all I need to feel relaxed is getting in a good workout. Going to the gym can help alleviate stressors from school. Go with a friend to your gym's Pilate class, or simply go on a run and get your blood flowing- it will make you feel like a new person! Working out can make you feel accomplished and motivated to get back to studying for finals.

5. Take a power-nap

I am one to nap after a long day's work. If you have been studying for hours on end, take a small power-nap to help you relax and rejuvenate. Most people cannot focus if they are even the slightest sleepy, and that's not efficient during finals week. Take a few minutes for yourself to step away from your work and catch some Zs.

Whatever your circumstances are, I wish you good luck during finals- you are gonna kill it! Remember to be nice to yourself and relax every once in a while. I hope these tips were helpful!

- Tally