Exam season can bring on levels of stress and burnout that can hinder your studies. In order to have a healthy finals season, here are some tips to help you manage and reduce stress:
- Create a study schedule
Making a schedule will help you feel more in control and less overwhelmed of your tasks. It can also help you manage your time efficiently as you can better plan for what needs to happen and when. This way you don’t procrastinate!
- Stay connected with your friends to not feel alone
Friends are a great support system. Talk to them about how you’re feeling and you may find they are having a similar experience and have their own tips to share.
- Sleep well
While it may feel like you don’t have any time to sleep, getting enough sleep is a critical part of being productive and staying healthy. Sleep deprivation worsens stress and triggers symptoms of mental health conditions. Sleep helps memories form, so you’ll need it to remember all of the information you’re studying and to have the energy to keep working.
- Relax and take deep breaths
If you’ve been following your schedule and trying your best not to procrastinate, take some time for yourself. Do something that makes you feel happy and peaceful. Getting outdoors has been shown in research to reduce stress. Reward yourself with a short break away from your workspace.
Exercise can help reduce stress and improve memory and sleep.
- Eat well
Junk food can lower your energy and make you feel worse. Eat fruits, vegetables, plenty of protein and whole grains to strengthen your immune system and stay energized.
- Reward yourself after finals!
Finals are tough and overwhelming, but keep in mind that you’re almost done. You can do it! Good luck!