5 Tips For Keeping Yourself Together During Finals Week

5 Tips For Keeping Yourself Together During Finals Week

How to remain stress-free in college.

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This is it; it is the end of the semester. Coming back from Thanksgiving break can be an adjustment to get back in the swing of things but it has to be done. This is the most stressful time of the year. The key is to remain calm, take a deep breath, you can do this.

You may have a daily routine set for you so you can find room to fit all your classes and studying. But between homework, going to class, sleeping, eating and trying to have a social life, things can get pretty tough to balance, especially this time of year.

A lot of the time we have trouble remembering that your mental and physical help is above everything. And it is extremely easy to get stressed out. But have no fear, if you can fit some relaxing in between your school work, you're going to be a lot better off.

For more on these specific ways to de-stress, read on:

1. Sleep, sleep and sleep

It is important for college students to be getting seven to eight hours of sleep every night, according to Penn State University Health Center, sleeping will help recharge your body and will also help you retain information from your classes better. Yes, things can get hectic during the day and sometimes we all need a nap. If you have to do so, it is best not to take more than one 20-minute nap in a day; otherwise, you will be losing your possibility of a good night's rest.

2. Eat healthy

Yes, pizza and pasta are amazing but it's not good for you all the time. It is important to shop for healthy food and to get the right nutrients to help balance your diet. Fruit and vegetables will not hurt you! It is also important to stay hydrated with water or Gatorade, not just alcohol -- no matter how hard that may be to resist during this time of year. Eating fast food is OK a couple of times a month but it is vital that you do not eat anything but Big Macs. A good breakfast would be eggs, toast, a lean meat, and some coffee or juice. Try to resist snacking during the day, and if need be grab a granola bar or some fruit to get you to your next meal. For lunch and dinner, a chicken salad is optimal, but you can eat some sort of fish, or any type of meat, with some veggies on the side. If you eat healthily, you feel a lot better and be able to not feel even more worn down while studying.

3. Exercise!

There are so many ways to keep yourself in shape; you can run, walk, climb or lift weights and more! You should exercise around 20 minutes a day, according to the Mayo Clinic. You can just take a walk down the road and back or go for a bike ride. There are also plenty of things to do inside, such as using an elliptical or muscle building exercises. Even doing a couple of squats and push-ups a day will help you immensely. Also, a good way to relax is going to yoga. It will loosen your muscles and make them more flexible. Yoga is the perfect combo of relaxation and exercise. Doing any of this will help your mind and body and it will help you sleep better at night too.

4. Showering

I know what you're thinking, "does this really have to be on here?" Yes, it does. Between everything going on it almost seems impossible to do anything, but personal hygiene should be a top priority. Shower, brush your hair and brush your teeth. Your body will thank you, trust me. Plus, there is nothing like a bubble bath to let off some stress.

5. Stay social 

School should be the number one thing you are focused on while in college but it is not more important than your mental health. If you are extremely stressed out, it is OK to take a day off and just watch Netflix all day. Go out with your friends, join a club, read a book; do anything to help ease the worries of school. Call your mom, she still loves you and misses you more than you think. Even going to a dog shelter just to play with some animals can set your mind at ease. Your friends are going through the same thing as you, and misery loves company. You will get through this, you might just need a little help but everything is gonna be all right.

All of this will help you get through the hardest part of the semester or any time at that. Just remember that your mental health should stay above everything and give yourself a break from studying every once in a while. College is hard but your friends and family will make it easier. Just never stop working for your dream, it will all be worth it in the end.

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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 A.M. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest,

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old doom room is now filled with two freshman trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


Cover Image Credit: Katie Ward

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