How To Avoid Stress During Finals
Finals can be a very stressful time of the year. All the hard work you put in (or didn’t put in lol) this semester comes down to these few final test. With all of that pressure, of course these last few weeks of school can become extremely stressful. Worrying about when your professors will post your final grades, or if you did enough this semester to maintain a good GPA, will drive anyone crazy. However, it is a major key to avoid stressing as much as possible during your final exams. Because the less you stress out the more you will be able to focus on the task you have ahead of you. This, or course, is easier said than done, so here are some tips to remain as stress free as possible these last few weeks of school.
TAKE IT ONE TASK AT A TIME
It doesn’t matter how many final exams or last minute projects you may have, there is no way for you to work on more than one at a time. So instead of worrying about your math homework while you are writing your final thesis paper, just focus on one task at a time. Worrying about the next assignment that you have due won’t do you any good. Instead, this will overly stress you and cause you to worry about something you can’t control in that moment. You will eventually get to your other assignments! So take it one task at a time and don’t worry about what’s not in front of you
PRIORITIZE YOUR TIME AND ASSIGNMENTS
As the semester starts to wind down it can seem as if you have an over flow of assignments due which can naturally cause you to feel overwhelmed. If this is something you can relate too it’s important that you learn how to prioritize the assignments you have yet to complete, and here’s how:
Take a blank sheet of paper and make a 3 by 4 grid. Label the line above your top row like this: Due Yesterday / Due Tomorrow / Due Later.
Then along the side write out an estimate of how long you feel each assignment will take to complete:
For example: Takes 5 min / Takes 30 min / Takes hours / Takes DAYS.
Finally divide ALL your tasks you need to complete into the appropriate box based upon how much work (time) you still have to put into it. For example, if you have an email you needed to send out yesterday (and didn’t), completing that task should take no more than 5 minutes. So put that task in a box that has “Due Yesterday” along the top and “Takes 5 min” along the side.
Continue this until you have all you task within the appropriate boxes.
The order in which you complete the task should go like this:
- 5 minutes due YESTERDAY
- 5 minutes due TOMORROW
- Half-hour due YESTERDAY
- Half-hour due TOMORROW
- Hours due YESTERDAY
- Hours due TOMORROW
- 5 minutes due LATER
- Half-hour due LATER
- Hours due LATER
- DAYS due YESTERDAY
- DAYS due TOMORROW
- DAYS due LATER
The assignments that were already due or due the following day and take the least amount of time should be completed first, while the assignments due later on should probably be what you focus on last.
Typically speaking, every college campus has a campus gym for students to use as they please. However, even with that being true, many college students still seem to avoid the campus gym as if it’s the black plaque. It’s a proven fact that working out helps to greatly reduce stress levels! So during finals if you find yourself going crazy, step away from your studying and go to the gym. You don’t have to do a crazy intense workout session but simply walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes can help reduce stress levels and help clear your mind. Or doing a mini workout session in your room is good too, it’s important to be active during finals so you can release any stress or tension within your body.
GO OUTSIDE!!!! (NO, BUT REALLY THO)
While studying for finals it’s easy to lock yourself away from the outside world. Yes, removing yourself from distractions is a good thing, but keeping yourself locked away for too long can actually increase your stress levels. While studying, be sure to take a break to get some fresh air! Walk around campus for 10 minutes every hour or so, even simply stepping outside to take a few deep breaths of fresh air can help re-center you too!
LEAVE THE CAFFEINE ALONE
Caffeine can be a college student’s best friend or worst enemy. There is not wrong with drinking coffee (or a caffeinated drink) from time to time in order to gain a little extra energy. However, if you feel your stress levels rising than caffeine should be the first thing you cut off!! Drinking caffeine while stressed tends to make you even more stressed. Also, it can cause the jitters and cases of anxiety as well.
DO SOMETHING YOU ENJOY
A really good way to reduce stress during finals is to take a break from studying to do something you enjoy. For me personally, this would be painting, but your enjoyable task might be something completely different (and that’s okay!) The point of this is to give your mind a break from the craziness of final exams and allow it to participate in something it truly enjoys. If you want to watch a show on Netflix then do so or if you want to bake then go ahead and pull that cake pan out! Give yourself 30 minutes to an hour to relax and really get lost in your fun break!
TAKE A NAP/SLEEP
It doesn’t matter if you have to study for 6 final exams, write 3 papers, and complete a final project within 4 days…DO NOT SKIP OUT ON SLEEP! If you remember anything from this list, please remember that it’s very important you don’t deprive yourself of sleep. Your body (and you) really needs this time to rest up! Also, sleeping helps you retain the information you’re studying more and will help you be more prepared for your final exams. Be sure to allow yourself time to sleep throughout the night and even take mini-naps throughout the day!
I always say that college is a team effort, so if you have anymore tips on how to avoid stress during finals feel free to comment them down below!
And remember that your mental health is more important than any grade or assignment! If you feel that your stress is at an alarmingly high level then please stop what you’re doing and reach out to someone for help!
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Twila-Amoure McDaniel is a college student who is majoring in both communications and film studies. When she isn't in class she is more than likely somewhere making videos for her YouTube channel. Her passions include writing, art, and film-making and she currently has plans on going into the film industry. Twila-Amoure does have crohn's disease, however she is very determined not to allow that to stop her from achieving all of her goals in life. Be sure to follow her on all on her social media platforms @TwilaAmoure and feel free to browse through Campus Lately for more of her work.