Alleviating Stress During Finals

 for article about stressWith finals arriving many students feel as though, the weight of the world is on their shoulders. Whether it is the sophomore slump or plain old senioritis, we cannot ignore the fact that we are tired and stressed. Students were asked, “How do you handle stress during finals week?” And this is what they had to say:

“I write down my to-do list and spread it out over my available times.” Anna Mead, Biochemistry Major, GCU ’16

“Sleep extra” Gwen Morris, Psychology Major, GCU ’16.

“I eat food, lots of it…oooh and wine.” Christine Laine, Social Work Major, GCU ’16

“Cry.” Brooke Lazar, Digital Communications Major, GCU ‘17

“I honestly just procrastinate and pretend school doesn’t exist…it’s quite a problem.” Calli Stratton, Nursing Major, GCU ’18

“Nothing like killing something on a videogame. Release stress and anger on a digital character.” Holly Fennick, Clinical Laboratory Sciences Major, GCU ‘17

Stress feels horrible but it does not suggest the end of the world, here are some tips for getting rid of the unmotivated mood and drowning sensation:

  1. Do not stress about your stress, focusing on it will only make things worse.

  2. If you’re an extrovert and being alone is not your thing, try to study with friends. Make it a study date, you may study better in a lively environment.

  3. Take a walk (visit the Japanese Gardens on campus or visit the cats in Jeffries Hall!)

  4. Spend 3-5 minutes doing absolutely nothing! We are human, we all need breaks. If you feel that you need more time, take a 15-20 min. break doing something fun like watching a YouTube video or playing a video game. Don’t fall behind though, incorporate your laundry or cleaning into the mix so you can feel productive.

  5. Take a deep breath, everything will be okay it is only temporary.

  6. Listen to music while studying.

  7. Read something asinine and silly, let your mind drift onto something wholly unimportant. Athletes let their muscles relax, why not let our brains?

  8. Clean something, sweeping and mopping can be very effective.

  9. GET SLEEP. When you are tired, you are more prone to stress. Try not to pull all-nighters with studying but, because life isn’t that simple for us college students, if you must stay up until the break of dawn: make time for a 1-2 hour nap during the day.

  10. Last but not least, remind yourself of your long term goals! You are here for a reason, you can do it.

Happy Studying & Good Luck!






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