5 Easy Ways To Relieve Stress During Finals Week

5 Easy Ways To Relieve Stress During Finals Week

How to remain calm during the intensity of exams

Preparing for finals can be a very stressful time. Days spent with your nose buried between thick textbooks and immense notes. With all the studying it's important to remember to take time to relax and recharge that brain. Here are five easy ways to take your mind off school and ease some of that stress.

1. Go outside.

Fresh air is underrated. During finals week many people tend to spend hours and hours at the library or in their bedroom studying. But it's important to get out. It's Spring-- birds are out, trees are full, it's finally WARM. Go take advantage of it. Put your books down for an hour and go enjoy the nice day. Tan, run, throw a football, whatever; just take your mind of school and get some fresh air, it'll do you wonders.

2. Sleep.

During finals week a lot of students like to pull "all nighters". They stay up all night studying, functioning purely on Adderall and coffee. But doing this will just wear you down and is not the proper way to retain information. Rather than sauntering through your studies like a zombie, get your REST. Study during the day or in the evening, not at 3 AM. A full night's rest will make studying much easier and much more efficient. It'll help you retain the information better and leave you better prepared for your exams.

3. Read a book.

Here's a dual threat. You get to relax and keep your mind sharp. Find a good book--fiction, non-fiction, whatever, and just enjoy. You can immerse yourself in the story and forget all about your exams for the time being. But while doing so you're still using that brain of yours, keeping your mindset... intellectual. It's a nice way to take a break from studying without totally shutting off your wits.

4. Grab a bite to eat.

Go to a restaurant with friends. Take your mind off your exams with some good food and maybe a few beverages (if you're 21 or older of course). A nice meal and night out with your friends could give you that second wind you desperately needed. A much-needed rejuvenation for when you get back to your intense study sessions.

5. Watch TV.

For many people, they'd rather just keep studying than to read a book. A lot of people don't even own any books that they could just read for pleasure. And although it may not be as thought provoking as reading a book, watching TV can be a good way to relax from studying as well. Now I'm not saying to binge an entire season of The Office on Netflix, but a few episodes here and there won't hurt. Studying can be a long and tedious task, watching some television can bring much needed entertainment into a rather dull and demanding schedule.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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