Stress: Approaching Finals

With my first college finals coming up, I am finding myself starting to become more and more stressed. As my planner begins to fill up, so does my anxiety as I question whether I will have enough time to get it all done. With this in mind, I have developed some tips to destress yourself so you hopefully do not become overloaded with things to do.

  1. Sleep – I cannot tell you how important this one is. In order for your body to function properly and do the things you want it to do, you need enough sleep! In the past I have tried to study when I was extremely tired and I just does not work. I wake up the next morning finding myself not remembering anythingI had studied the night before so it was a complete waste of time (sleeping time!) Work to plan out your schedule so you get what you want to get done during the day so you have ample time to sleep when you need to at night
  2.  Use A Planner – I can honestly say that I don’t think I would be able to survive college without my planner. My entire life is bound together in that thing and if I lost it, I don’t know what I would do. If you have so much circling in your head that you find it hard to remember things, write them down. It is extremely easier to manage your thoughts when they are written down on paper in front of you. This way, you are able to prioritize things and get them done on time.
  3. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE – Okay, I may be a little hypocritical in saying this because I know that I do it too. We all get lazy sometimes an decide to choose Netflix over homework, but who wouldn’t? However, I have found it a lot more beneficial in college to not procrastinate and to get going on homework that I know is coming up. I sleep a lot easier at night knowing that I don’t have as much stuff to do the next day!
  4. Take Care of Yourself – Self care is extremely important when you are feeling stressed. When I am doing homework and I find myself getting bored and tired of it, I boost my mood by watching hair or makeup tutorials while eating a snack. Food gives you more energy and while the videos are not long, they are just enough to distract me and give me a short break from the task at hand. Taking short breaks when studying helps to refocus you when you decide to pick back up what you were doing before. Other things you can do to take care of yourself and destress are: hangout with friends, listen to your favorite playlist or watch an episode of your favorite TV show (notice how I didn’t say multiple…).

As I approach these last few weeks before the holidays, I am trying to do all of these things to ensure that I do not stress myself out. I cannot tell you how satisfying of a feeling it is to check off the last item on my planner so, I will be working towards doing that everyday. To everyone that is preparing for finals just like me, I wish you all the best of luck!

SL


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