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Post-Studying Activities for De-stressing

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The school term is reaching the end which means finals season is right around the corner. This time of year, it can get really stressful for students. That’s why it’s important to take care of yourself during these times. Here are some post-studying rituals to do in order to de-stress a bit.

Breathe
First things first, breathe. Whether it’s breathing exercises or simply just taking a deep breath, breathing can help de-stress your mind a bit. Breathing can also calm your nerves, especially after studying a lot.

Listening to Music
Music is always a good way to de-stress. There’s an unexplainable good feeling that music has on a person, but for the most part, it can help anyone take their mind away from their worries. It doesn’t have to be relaxing music either. Sometimes upbeat music can boost a person’s mood too. Try listening to a podcast as well. Podcasts can help you focus on the people talking, rather than the stress of exams. Put your headphones on, play some music and unwind.

Go Outside
Students spend a lot of time indoors when they’re studying. It can feel suffocating just staying inside. Some fresh air is needed to clear your mind. Taking a walk is good for clearing your mind for a bit. Whether it’s for a long or short time, being outside can make you feel better and relaxed.

Engage in a Form of Physical Activity
A lot of fitness fanatics believe that exercise, or any physical activity, is a great stress reliever. It doesn’t have to be an intense workout session either. Any sort of physical activity can relieve the stress and tension your body is holding. It’s also a great distraction. Some examples of physical activities that you could try are:

  • Working out
  • Dancing
  • Yoga
  • Walking or running
  • Playing a sport

Take a Shower/Bath
There’s no better way to de-stress than taking a nice, hot shower (unless you like cold showers). The sensation of hot water hitting your body can really relax all the tension in it. It can also help you clear your mind a bit. After a nice shower or bath, you feel a lot better, relaxed and cleaner too.

Watch a TV Show or Movie
A great relaxing distraction from studying is watching a TV show or movie. Because you’re so focused on the plot, it can distract you from the thoughts of stress and exams for a while. It is said that watching something you’ve watched before can help with anxiety, since you’re not anxious to know what comes next. Funny movies and TV shows are good for lighting up your mood. A personal favourite of mine is to watch is The Office.

Exam season is a stressful time of year, but nothing is more important than one’s well-being. With all the stress clouding our minds and the countless burnouts from studying, we forget to consider our own mental health too. A factor in succeeding in exams is being mentally and physically well enough to write them. Make sure you take care of yourself this season. On a happy note, Christmas is just a month away!

Sahaana Jeevendra

Wilfrid Laurier '24

My name is Sahaana Jeevendra. I'm a first year student at Wilfred Laurier University studying Business Administration. Some of my aspirations for the future are being a successful woman, be happy, and continue to live life to the fullest.
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