5 Ways To Relax Before Final Exams

Don't spend the end of this semester endlessly stressing like you usually do; make a change this final exam season by trying some new activities! Breaking the cycle of worry and stress you experience every finals season isn't easy, but with these ideas, you're sure to find at least one thing that will make your workload seem a little less awful.

  1. 1. Treat Yourself To A Nice Meal 

    Final exams are a time when students tend to rush through meals or skip them altogether. That’s understandable considering how much studying has to be done during this miserable time, but it doesn’t have to be the case for you. Setting the goal to allow yourself to sit and eat an entire meal at least once a day is a simple way to allow yourself to relax during finals. Taking one meal to not think about all the work you still have to do and truly just sit and relax will leave you feeling surprisingly recharged. However, if you can’t seem to pull yourself away from your studying for half an hour or an hour once a day, an alternative is to treat yourself to one fantastic meal. Instead of taking time out of your studying schedule once a day, try going off-campus or ordering in an amazing meal once during the week. Allowing yourself to completely unwind with one gloriously greasy meal that didn’t come from the dining hall is sure to leave you feeling content and temporarily distracted from the stresses of final exams! 

  2. 2. Go To Campus Organized Events

    Almost every college campus during final exams organize tons of fun events to help students relax and take a break from working. Keep an eye out for activities like coloring, stress ball making, puppy petting, and plenty more! Although these events can sometimes seem cheesy, they’re a great opportunity to get out of your dorm or the library and into a fun environment that you can enjoy with your friends. Focusing your mind on a fun craft or activity is just what it needs to take a break from cramming in loads of information. 

  3. 3. Create A Work Free Zone

    Creating a space for yourself that is completely devoid of all work and studying is a very effective stress-reducing tool. Often during final exams, wherever you become a study space. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating, sitting with friends in the lounge, or even sitting on a bench in between classes, the world is your work zone. By finding a place that you feel comfortable in and making it a completely work-free zone, you are giving yourself somewhere you feel entirely stress-free. You will feel your body relax and your mood might even change. Providing a space that you and your brain know are only for leisure times is an excellent way to help yourself relax the moment you get there. 

  4. 4. Buy A Blanket 

    Treating yourself to a brand new, luxuriously soft throw blanket can make a bigger difference than you would think. Having a warm, plush blanket to wrap yourself up in when studying or when you finally crash and go to bed can make all the difference in the world. Blankets provide portable comfort wherever you go and give you a sense of comfort as well. It’s as simple as going to your campus’s nearest CVS or corner store and buying the fluffiest blanket you can find! Studying for hours on end won’t seem so bad when you’ve got a cheetah print fuzzy throw wrapped around you. 

  5. 5. Go To Bed Early

    I know it may seem crazy when you’ve got so much studying to do, but going to bed early is really the best possible thing you can do for yourself. Shutting off your brain early for the night and truly allowing yourself to get a full night’s rest will absolutely improve your mood and your ability to retain information. Even if you only choose to go to bed early every other night during final exams, it will keep your brain happy and more ready to troop through more studying. Do yourself a favor and give both you and your brain a break by going to bed early during final exams.

Good luck on your exams and try not to stress too much!