Last Updated: July 22, 2013
by Andrea Cerny
The end of the yet another semester is quickly approaching, meaning many students are bound to begin to feel the pressure of final exams and projects. Whether you’re in high school, college, or graduate school, it’s easy to succumb to distractions or become completely overwhelmed. Don’t let finals get the best of your mind; it should be the other way around! The following tips will help you stay energetic, alert, and stress-free.
Take a break from focusing nonstop on your books, move around, and get fresh air. Try hitting the gym for a quick workout to clear your head. Other than the more obvious health benefits, exercise can affect certain chemical levels in the body that can reduce stress. Regular exercise also releases endorphins, which can boost your mood. So get moving with running, jogging, dance, or yoga. Even walking can give your brain the boost it needs.
The key to reducing stress can be as easy as making more nutritious food choices. Put down the pizza, chips, and energy drinks and instead fill yourself with more fruits, vegetable, and water to give yourself energy and keep your mind sharp. It might be near impossible, but make an attempt to cut back on caffeine; too much of it might make you jittery.
Procrastination and all-night cram sessions pave the way for sleep-deprivation, a common and unpleasant side effect of finals week. On average, students may only sleep three to four hours a night. Make an effort to manage your time to allow for you to study in the daytime and aim to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep to feel well-rested. Come exam time you’ll be ready to think more clearly and creatively.
Catch Up with Family and Friends
Nothing will clear your mind better than taking some time to talk with friends and family about anything unrelated to school. It’s good to take yourself out of the college exam bubble and realize that life still exists outside of finals. Share summer plans with one another or any exciting upcoming events.
Relax by doing activities that you consider fun! Listen to your favorite music, watch funny videos or a movie, play video games, eat a yummy dessert, or any other uplifting activities. The pressure from exams you’ll experience is only temporary, so do your best to stay upbeat and lighthearted.Sources: http://www.cengagebrain.com/blog/2012/12/top-10-ways-to-relieve-stress-during-and-after-finals-week/ http://teens.webmd.com/benefits-of-exercise?page=2 http://www.ehow.com/how_2154911_sleep-before-final-exams.html Photo credit: http://edudemic.com/
Original Post Date: May 3rd, 2013