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10 Ways to Relieve Stress During Finals

Rhoda Nyarko studying for finals. 

By Suyaishar Sebastian

As finals week approaches, most students feel burnt out and experience extreme stress. There are many ways in which students can de-stress during finals week. Here are some recommendations and techniques that students can do to cope with stress.  

  1. Cook a healthy meal

Cooking yourself a healthy comfort meal is a huge part of taking care of yourself when you are stressed. Most people skip meals when they are stressed, which does not help the situation, so pick a delicious recipe and cook yourself a warm, healthy meal.

2. Have fun

Do some exciting activities and have fun. Many think having fun during finals week is a bad thing. However, when you take a break from studying by doing something you enjoy, it will most probably motivate you to study when your mind is rested.

3. Slow Down

Take a deep breath and slow down. You can stop doing whatever you were doing for a little while to relieve stress or take a step down and just pause.   

4. Unplug

Try to unwind and unplug by taking possible breaks from social media. This will help you de-clutter your mind which will relieve stress. 

5. Breathe

Take deep breaths when you are stressed. Taking deep breaths and counting your breathing will train your mind to stay calm and collected.

6. Stay hydrated and stretch.

Make sure to drink a lot of water and keep your body hydrated and stretch whenever you get a chance to keep your body and mind active.

7. Go outside.

Go outside and take a walk. Taking a stroll in nature is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

8. Get enough sleep.

Get enough sleep. Getting adequate sleep is important to keep your mind active and healthy.

9. Talk to a friend. 

Talking to a friend is a great way to relieve stress. Meeting a friend for a meal or coffee can help calm your mind down.

10. Clean your room.

This may not be effective for everyone, but cleaning is a good way to calm your nerves. De-cluttering can relieve anxiety and stress.