How To Keep Your Mental Health Strong During Finals
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

4.0 Things You Need To Know About Your Mental Health During Midterms And Finals

Your biggest friend through this time is a focused mindset.

629
4.0 Things You Need To Know About Your Mental Health During Midterms And Finals
Gilmore Girls / Warner Bros

No matter whether you're in high school or college, you're bound to eventually be hit by the realization that midterms are coming up. While the average person associates December with snow and winter break, you're bouncing off the walls, realizing that exams are approaching faster!

While the thought keeps ringing in your head as you imagine the best ways for you to study, it's also important to remember that your mental health comes first in all of this for these reasons.

Your worries about finals do not single you out 

It may be comforting to know that you're not the only person who feels as though the weight of finals on your grades is difficult to visualize. These exams have been heavily mentioned throughout the semester, and now that they're coming up, you're bound to have a large group of students feeling the same way you do. No worries! It's good that you recognize how important these grades are.

You're bound to have your ups and downs 

You have unspeakable amounts of pressure on your shoulders, so it would be unfair to expect you to stay levelheaded every single second of every single day. So if you feel tired all of a sudden, take a break! You deserve it, and there's no reason for you to push yourself and act as if you've got superhuman strength.

It's OK to want to be completely alone at times 

I know that when I'm getting ready for midterms every November and December, I'll suddenly want to spend the entire day studying in my room. This really isn't abnormal — plus, you're less distracted when you're on your own, so what's the harm in taking one day to hit the books? It's not like you're disappearing into a cave forever, so if someone is making it be that way, that person is exaggerating to an alarming degree.

You might feel like your world is flipping upside down 

But that's OK. You constantly hear these campaigns of people telling you to "Keep your head up!" and "Don't give up when you're ahead!" but, as people say, those bad days are only meant to make the good days feel even better.

Your studying "accomplishments" mean a lot more than your studying "failures" 

Let's say that you finally understand that textbook page after reading it for the 50th time. Good on you! But if during a review of the material you answer one question incorrectly, you begin to feel again like you're not grasping the material. Who said, though, that you had to learn everything the moment you read your textbook? It's all about learning from mistakes and picking up where you left off.

You will have enough time to get everything done 

Even if the clock seems to be ticking faster than usual, that's just you spending the time you could be studying with just staring at the clock instead. You'll always find some time to fit in another review session.

Your group of supportive friends and family will be there for you 

Spending time with them couldn't hurt, and you'll need that break from the cramming you're doing those few weeks before exams. If you have one day with no plans, just get together with the people who matter most. They're the ones who will help you through your low points and celebrate you during your high points.

Social media can have the tendency to bring you down 

So delete it. Even if it's addicting, that nagging feeling of "I could be as good as this person if I tried harder" that you get when staring at a screen does you no good when you take your finals. Like everyone says, social media is only for people to show the curated, happy sides of their lives. They're not showing you the fact that they could be feeling the same way you do.

A change in mental health during one month doesn't dictate who you are 

You are a combination of your words, actions, and impact every day, so a few weeks of feeling under the weather aren't bound to show the world that you're just a puddle of feelings. You have years of wonderful memories to show that this just isn't true.

 You need the nap. Take the nap. 

Feeling tired? Your body is trying to send you a message, so don't ignore it. That nap is good for you and will help you focus the next time you study, so don't postpone it just because it seems more efficient to study harder now.

 Even if you've been down during exams, you will bounce back when they're done

Once that last exam is over for the year, you're free! You now have the ability to revert to 100 percent of the amazing person you are, and your weeks of heightened effort and study have paid off in the end!

Report this Content
Peter Truong

If you still have not figured out what you want to cook on Thanksgiving, baked macaroni and cheese is something worth considering. It is simple, affordable, and delicious. I have had many different types of baked mac and cheese and most are dry. I do not like a dry mac and cheese, it just does not seem appealing to me. If you like the creamy cheesy essence of mac and cheese, look no further, this recipe is for you.

Ingredients:

Keep Reading... Show less

As a first-year college student, I've been doing a lot of meeting and introducing myself to people, often with the classic format of "name, hometown, major".

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

This Simple 7-Step DIY Face Mask Combines Safety — And Sustainability

Instead of studying like I intended on doing today, I made a face mask for some reason and thought I'd share how I did.

65639

If you were looking for a simple way to make a mask, I am happy to share how I personally make them. I have a pretty small face in general, so I prefer having my homemade ones so they fit better. This is also a great alternative to just throwing away any clothes! Before starting, you will need to make sure you have fabric, thread, a needle, and pins; if you have a sewing machine, you obviously could use that instead of hand sewing it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

6 Ways To Handle The Stress Of Earning Your Degree From Your Childhood Bedroom

Oh so this was the room where I snuck cookies upstairs past my bedtime and stole R-Rated movies to watch when my parents were asleep and now I'm expected to earn my degree in this very same room?

35418
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

It's definitely not easy, but it's something so many kids are struggling with right now.

Keep Reading... Show less

November is such an underrated month. With all the excitement that comes with Halloween ending and the holiday season around the corner, some people skip over it and go straight to their Christmas playlist. For me though, November is the perfect time to compile a playlist of songs that bring on major nostalgia which I think is perfect for this time of year. If you're looking for something to get you in that thankful spirit before you head into the Christmas spirit or something to play while you enjoy Friendsgiving, here are some go-to songs to add to your November playlist.

Keep Reading... Show less

Taylor Swift is famous for her Easter eggs on social media that hint at what is coming next for her. Over the past few days, fans noticed a change in Swift's hair when she was accepting her win as Apple's songwriter of the year that was reminiscent of the "Red" era. Of course, this has caused widespread speculation that Swift has begun to re-record her masters.

Keep Reading... Show less

While joyful, the holiday season can also be stressful for many and that's A-O.K. Plus, with the added tension that is 2020, this year's holiday season is a lot, to put it simply.

This is your reminder to put yourself first and listen to what you're yearning for. Deep down, you know what you need to thrive and I know that you can get there.

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

25 'Open When' Topics And Ideas For That Special Someone In Your Life

Open When Letters are letters you can give to your special someone.

9584
Lauren McCally

Stuck on what to get the person you love the most?

And, well, let's be honest, is hard to shop for? Well then, why not send them some Open When Letters?

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments