It’s that time again. Midterms are right around the corner. Even though you’re giving your all, nothing you do is going to seem good enough. Your air is starting to fill with stress, fear and panic.
But- what if there was a solution?
What if there was a way to ease the doubt and anxiety? Take finals as a chance to become a better you. De-stress yourself with these five tips on how to feel good about finals.
Although cramming comes natural, steer clear of it during finals. I know this seems nearly impossible, but cramming just brings unwanted stress. There are ways to avoid it, such as studying in chunks. Chunking is a much simpler approach on studying. Break up your material by relevancy, once that’s been done, take the week leading up to your exam to slowly go over the material. Doing so will reduce stress. You’ll also notice you’ve grasped a better understanding of the material. Remember- the tortious won the race. Don’t think because cramming is faster, it’s more efficient.
Stop being so hard on yourself- TAKE A BREAK! Take 20-30 minutes between your study sessions to do something for you. Whether it be coloring, going for a walk, calling a friend. It’s not only good for you, sanity wise; it’s good health wise. Breaks can positively affect your attention abilities. Nobody wants stare at a text book for hours, take time to refresh and gather your thoughts.
Cookies, donuts, and ice cream sound amazing all the time, but for some reason when we’re stressed out, we have an unknown desire for them at that very moment. Junk food is not a de-stressor, it actually adds to stress. Stress eating is dreadful. You start to feel better, but moments later you regret those unwanted, sugary calories you put in your body. unhealthy eating has an effect in the long run as well. It’s unfortunate we don’t crave carrot sticks or broccoli during these times.
Exercising is always pushed to the side. It’s treated like the last resort, but should it be? The answer is no. Exercising is good for us. It helps the body and the brain. It not only gives us energy, but improves memory and boosts self-confidence. Exercising during finals week is an amazing way to de-stress. It will keep you calm and collective during preparation for exams.
Friendly words of wisdom to yourself are extremely helpful in times of need. Just keep telling yourself that you have this, and it will all be over next week. Doing so will help you regain your sanity. Remind yourself about weekend plans or upcoming vacations. Whenever you get overwhelmed, just remember, it will all be over soon, and then you can return to your normal life.
Don’t let finals bring you down, ease through them.
Alexandria Di Noto is a freshman here at WSU double-majoring in Public Relations and Italian. She hopes to one day work as a social media strategist at a public relations firm. Alex is passionate about writing, creativity, and learning. Be on the look-out for her personal blog, coming soon!