Hot to deal with finals stress

For college students, the last few weeks of November means finals are rapidly approaching. It can be very easy to be overwhelmed and become completely stressed out. According to the American Psychological Association, stress occurs when you perceive that demands placed on you — whether it be from school, work, or relationships — exceeds your ability to cope. Here are five tips on how to alleviate some of that stress and get through to the home stretch.


This seems like an easy one, but it is important to slow down and take a deep breath. The 4-7-8 method works well in this case and is easy to do. Simply exhale completely through your mouth and inhale through your nose for four seconds. Then, hold your breath for seven seconds. Finally, exhale through your mouth for eight seconds. Doing so will immediately calm you and allow you to take a fresh perspective on the task at hand.

2. Exercise

Getting up from that midterm paper and getting active is a great way to decrease stress levels. Hitting the gym, especially with a buddy, can allow you to clear your head and regroup. Even if it is simple as just taking a walk or doing jumping jacks in your bedroom, doing so releases endorphins, which naturally puts us in a good mood.

3. Talk to someone

Call your parents back home because they miss you dearly. Or even just text a friend. Sharing feelings or concerns about being overwhelmed with those you care about can relieve stress. Just make sure that person is someone you trust and will legitimately listen to you. Otherwise, you might find yourself having more stress.

4. Meditate

Meditation helps the body and mind relax and gives you a chance to refocus on what’s important. Practicing basic yoga, such as the sun salutation, can give one mindfulness, allowing one to see problems from new angles and possible solutions.

5. Enjoy the holidays

With Thanksgiving around the corner, now is the chance to relax, eat some delicious food, and recharge your battery for the home stretch. Getting away from school and going back home to the place you feel most comfortable will allow that stress to melt away. If for some reason, one stays on campus, many places offer Thanksgiving style meals, including many restaurants for as much as $5 or $10 per plate.

By following these simple tips, stress can be decreased to a much more manageable level, allowing your life to get back on track and achieve success during finals week.

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