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Are Finals Stressing You Out?

Tamia Nixon

Posted on April 10, 2021 21:39

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Sadly, it's that time of year again for some of us. Finals are quickly approaching and stress levels are flourishing. Here are some tips on how to cope during finals week.

Here we are closing in on the end of another semester, but of course, not without a few hurdles. Finals. Though a simple word, for some of us it holds so much weight; it can either push you closer to your goals or pull you back a few steps. Though headache-inducing, it's good to remember to take a breather and relax when you can. Here's a few suggestions that you may find helpful. 

First and foremost, time management is very important. It's very easy to get side-tracked and waste time focusing on other things, so putting aside time to focus on your studies can relieve some of that stress. And managing your time will leave room for you to make personal time for yourself, which is always a plus. Also, I would like to include trying to step away from social media. What initially started out with being 15 minutes of scrolling through Instagram, Twitter, TikTok etc. you end up spending a couple of hours than you intended, having to make up for it in the end come test time. So, I suggest while preparing for your finals, set aside the social media for the time being. 

Next is to find a place to study that is not your bedroom. With the pandemic still in effect and encouraging people to stay home, causing the lines between school work and personal time to merge. Choosing an area you can associate with work can help reduce distractions and really make that separation we all need. Another suggestion would be to get enough sleep. Easier said than done, but it can make a difference in your performance. I'm sure the majority of us have pulled all-nighters just to make sure we've absorbed all the information accumulated throughout the semester. But getting enough sleep is important so that you can be at your best.

Lastly: go outside. Get some fresh air, especially with being cooped up in the house all day (social-distancing encouraged.) Take the time to possibly go to a park, exercise, or just walk around your neighborhood. They may be simple suggestions, but it's a nice change in your routine and a good way to step away from the overwhelming feeling of stress. That has been one of my favorite ways of dealing with it as of recently and hopefully you as well can find a break in your schedule to release some of that tension. 

Tamia Nixon

Posted on April 10, 2021 21:39

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