I’ve teamed up with Corbin from The Classy South to bring you the best finals week survival guide. She covered study tips while I focused on de-stressing techniques. Be sure to head over to her blog to check out her helpful advice!
We all know that final exams can be overwhelmingly stressful, so I figured I’d offer up some simple things you can do to relax.
Make a Check-List
Crossing items off your list is so satisfying and will keep you motivated to keep going. It will also help you plan out your time so you can manage when to study and when to schedule in breaks. For every hour of studying, schedule in fifteen to thirty minutes to relax.
Drink Water & Tea
Staying hydrated is the key to staying on focus while studying but will also improve your overall health. When you take care of your body, your mind will be at ease.
Listen to Your Favorite Music
Blast a little Sam Smith, Michael Buble, Ed Sheeran or whatever will help keep you calm and focused. Whatever your jam is, play it. It will boost your mood and you’ll probably end up singing along with a big smile on your face.
Have a Dance Party
When you just can’t hold it in any longer, let it out through a crazy dance party. Shake it off T-Swift style and you’ll instantly notice those nerves vanishing.
Take a Hot Bath/Shower
When you’re stressed, your muscles become tense and knotted. Feel the stress melting away in a nice hot bath or shower.
Exercise releases endorphins which will boost your energy and mood. It’s one of the best things you can do for your mind and body.
Sometimes you have to indulge a little bit when you’re stressed beyond belief. Nibble on some cookie dough, get some studying in while they bake, and then savor every bite while your worries drift away.
Hug it Out
There’s nothing better when you’re stressed out than a huge embrace from a loved one. There is so much emotional comfort found in physical touch.
One grade is not (most likely) going to change your life. For the most part, you already know what you know. You’ve worked all semester learning this stuff. If you think you’re going to do well, you’re more likely to do well. Remember that life exists beyond school and there are far more important things in life than grades. And above all, know that you are amazing and brilliant, no matter what happens.
Look at Pictures of Cute Animals
When all else fails, look at baby puppies. I did you not, looking at pictures of cute animals is scientifically proven to improve your mood and reduce stress. To get you jump started, here’s some pictures of mine and my boyfriend’s puppy, Darwin.