Stress Tips for Finals Week
Finals week is simply put, stressful as F@$#. You've worked all term for your grade, or not, and now everything rides on this final hurdle. Here are some tips to try to end finals week with at least a thread of sanity.
1. Get some Exercise
Staying active is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress and keep yourself from getting overstressed in the first place. Exercise lowers your body's stress hormones — such as cortisol — in the long run. It also helps release endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood and act as natural painkillers. Plus it also helps you sleep.
2. Reduce Your Caffeine Intake (Sorry!)
This one may be difficult considering its finals week, but reduce your caffeine intake will help you keep stress at bay. While chugging five Venti dark-roast coffees may help you finish that essay before midnight, it will also raise your anxiety level. Maybe just drink four instead of five?
3. Write it Out!
Putting your pen to paper will help you express your nerves and lay them to rest. Studies show that journaling helps reduce overall stress. While you're at it, also write down what you are grateful for to further reduce stress!
4. Chew Gum
5. Spend time with Friends and Family
Don't spend all day at your favorite study spot or lock yourself in your room. Try to get out and socialize a little because, after all, we are social creatures and it helps our psyche.
It's hard to feel anxious when you're laughing. It's good for your health, and there are a few ways it may help relieve stress by relieving your stress response and relieving tension by relaxing your muscles.
7. Say No and Limit other Obligations
While you can't control everything, try to control what you can. Cut stress from areas of your life that you have control over.
8. Avoid Procrastination
DON'T DO IT. I feels soooooo good at the moment, but you pay for procrastination later in stress. Avoid the stress, get sh*t done.
9. Listen to Soothing Music
Listening to music can have a very relaxing effect on the body. Slow-paced instrumental music can induce the relaxation response by helping lower blood pressure and heart rate as well as stress hormones. Some types of classical, Celtic, Native American and Indian music can be particularly soothing, but simply listening to the music you enjoy is effective too.
Deep breathing exercises can help activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the relaxation response. There are several types of deep breathing exercises, including diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing, and paced respiration.
The goal of deep breathing is to focus your awareness on your breath and not on your stressors.
Take it easy. Don't stress out too much. And NAIL that final!