No one particularly enjoys taking final exams, especially at this time of year when the weather is nice and you would rather spend quality time with your friends. The pressure surrounding exam week is enough to turn anyone into a lunatic. I for one used to turn into one short-tempered and high-strung person, which is unusual for my personality.
With finals happening at many schools around the country, it’s no wonder this week has been deemed Stress Awareness Week. So, this week, we’re trying to put you at ease as you head into your exams.
Defining stress is complicated. According to the American Institute of Stress, stress is “a subjective sensation associated with varied symptoms that differ for each of us.” In other words, what leads you to a nervous breakdown might have little or no affect on another person. It’s not because you are weaker than another person (that’s just a stress myth)– It just depends on how you react in certain situations.
That being said, our tips for dealing with stress are subjective, as well. They may not work for everyone, but it doesn’t hurt to give them a try. Plus, leave your suggestions in the comments below!
Sleep. It is tempting to pull an all-nighter in the library, but getting rest will help you focus.
Take a hike. Fresh air and some time outdoors can help clear your head.
Read. Turning your attention to a book (not school related) or magazine allows your mind to escape reality for just a bit.
Exercise. Consider taking a group class or running solo on the treadmill, whichever you prefer. In the words of Elle Woods from “Legally Blonde”, working out releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!
Snack well. Grabbing candy from the vending machine may be a quick and easy fix, but making the effort to choose healthy snacks will benefit you in the long run.
Set up weekend plans. Give yourself something to look forward to for when finals are over and concentrate on that when you are hard at work all week.