It's one of the most stressful weeks of a student's life: the dreaded finals week. A time where professors decide to throw on last minute assignments along with a huge paper and final test. Most asking for a ten-page paper, as if they'll have time to read everyone's before grades are due. To make it even better, every final ends up being on the same day. If you're at the brink of exhaustion and feel like you're only holding on by a thread, you're not alone and you're not hopeless. There are ways you can unwind and relax during a study break. Here are five ways to help keep your stress level down:
1. Go for a walk: You've probably been sitting in front of a computer screen all day. It's time to unplug. Give your mind a break and get some fresh air outside. You'll feel refreshed and ready to study. Even bring your dog along with you. Dogs automatically lower people's stress levels and make them feel happier.
2. Take a relaxing bath: Whether you're a guy or a girl, taking a hot bath will help you feel more calm. Throw in some aroma beads, close your eyes and relax. This will help your body to loosen up and not feel so tense. You could even turn it into a whole spa session with a face mask and aroma candles.
3.Treat yourself: After a couple hours of studying treat yourself to a snack. Take a few minutes to enjoy your favorite sweet treat whether that be getting a Starbucks Frappuccino or chocolate ice cream. This will also help motivate you to study because you'll be looking forward to a snack break.
4. Watch your favorite show: Watch an episode of your favorite comedy TV show. Getting in a good laugh will help make you feel happier and will take your mind off of the stress. Some shows I'd recommend include: "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "The Big Bang Theory," "Parks and Recreation," "Archer" and "The Office."
5. Spend time with family and friends: After being cooped up, alone all day studying, it's time to take a few minutes to hangout with your family or friends.They'll help take your mind off of the stress and so that you'll be able to enjoy yourself.
You don't have to be miserable all finals week. Find some time to do these stress relievers. You'll feel happier and will find that studying becomes a little easier. Just remember, everyone needs a break once in awhile. Don't let the stress of finals overwhelm you. Take it one assignment at a time and remeber to breathe. You've got this!