Finals Week Survival Guide

Finals Week Survival Guide

Do you see the light at the end of that tunnel?

It is finals week and with that comes the urge to do everything you can do to finish strong (translation: to scrape by with a decent grade). This last minute shove often involves foregoing your own basic needs. You don’t sleep enough, you can’t even imagine having time to exercise, and you definitely don’t eat right. However, those actions can take a toll on your emotional and physical wellbeing. You transform into something grouchy, tense, and reclusive. The library becomes your lair, and you its fitting gremlin.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to avoid turning into the monster you fear becoming when the clock strikes midnight on finals.

1) Even if you don’t think you have time, exercise. All of that stress can make you tight, and if you allow it to bottle up, it could affect you even more negatively. You don’t have to exercise every single day of finals week or even for very long, but if you take a 15 minute run on a big test day or go to the gym before a paper is due, I think you’ll find that your mind will be much clearer and your heart will be a lot more steady.

2) Do nothing (at least for a little while). Take 30 minutes to just veg. Don’t think about the work you need to do, don’t think about the time you’re “wasting,” and don’t use that time to complain to others about the work you should be doing. Take yourself away from your usual study place, go on a walk, or just lay with your eyes closed. Clearing your mind even for 30 minutes (or 15 if you can’t spare that), will help you put things into perspective. If you can spare a little bit of time, maybe things aren’t so dire.

3) Keep positive. I know that finals week is bleak. Everyone you know looks and acts like a cast member from The Walking Dead, and you feel like you’re living the bad end of a fairy tale. Luckily, attitude can really pull you out of the depths. If you remember that it’s just a week, and it too, as everything, shall pass, you’ll—get this—survive. But also, you’ll survive if you don’t have a good mentality.

Best of luck this week, and remember to take care of yourself! You’ll perform and feel so much better because of it!

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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