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7 Secrets for Beating End-of-Semester Stress

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As a college junior, I have experienced end-of-semester stress countless times. You know the feeling: Everything piles up until there seems to be more work in the last week of school than in all the preceding weeks combined…

I used to get so overwhelmed that I would chug energy drinks all day and study all night. Come exam time? I’d be too tired to focus.

But no more. I’ve learned. And you can, too.

by alancleaver_2000

Here are seven secrets to taking on finals week and finishing the semester strong.

  1. 1. Create a to-do list. Include all of the assignments you have to complete. Write assignments down in order of their importance and due dates. Set a goal for how many assignments you want to complete each day. You’ll be surprised at how much more effectively you’re managing your time.
  2. 2. Avoid unnecessary distractions. Stay off Facebook, turn off your cell phone, and stay away from the TV. Yes, these are all ways to relax. But they’ll derail your schedule, set you back on your school work, and cause you to be more stressed in the long run, not less.
  3. 3. Stay away from energy drinks. Sure, they may give you a bit of a jolt, but in the end, you’ll crash. And then? You’ve got another stressor on your hands – fatigue.
  4. 4. Go for a run instead. Running will help get your adrenaline flowing and clear your mind , replacing anxiety and stress with a sense of calm and purpose.
  5. 5. Eat fresh, nutritious food. Have you ever tried to study while your stomach was growling? Eating well also helps give you the physical stamina and enhanced brain power you need to put in a good day’s work.
  6. 6. Get a good night’s sleep. An all-nighter here and there during finals week is not out of line. But while it may seem like a good idea at the time – a reasonable way to get in more study time or complete an extra assignment – pulling an all-nighter is actually counter-productive. Without a good night’s sleep, you’ll be too tired to perform well on your exams.
  7. 7. Breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Relax – you’re almost through. If you’ve paid attention and done well throughout the semester, then finals should be no problem for you. And remember, once all of your exams and projects are done, you’ll be free to enjoy your summer.

Kimberly

By Guest Blogger Kimberly Erskine I ROWAN UNIVERSITY:Currently her university’s Social Media Coordinator. Near-perfect GPA. Made it to Round Three of Charlie Sheen’s #TigerBloodIntern contest. This media-savvy girl – who dreams of becoming a successful writer and has just published her first major article – is seriously cool.

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Top 3 Articles: Dealing with Stress

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Written by BookRenter Mike

by Johan Larsson

Everybody always says college is a blur. It’s a whirlwind experience that is full of late night cram sessions, outrageous parties, and every once in a while the opportunity to storm the football field after a big win. Yet sometimes college can be incredibly stressful, as all of those 10-page papers and 3-hour exams can finally catch up to you. So what can you do to relieve that monumental burden of stress? Don’t worry if you can’t think of something right away, I’ve got you covered with the top 3 articles that will help you find your ultimate nirvana.

Exercise- Shrinivas Kanade at buzzle.com writes about the benefits of physical exercise to reducing stress and dancing is one of her top tips. At UVa, there is a plaque outside of every gym proclaiming how Thomas Jefferson believed an hour or two of physical exercise was healthy for an active mind. I’m starting to think I need to go to the gym more often…

Be prepared- Academic Tips has a great assortment of quotes regarding stress relief which can be found at academictips.org. These will enable you to the find the best method for reducing your anxiety. Different coping mechanisms are better suited to different stressful tasks. Find what works best for you and stick to it!

Get Organized- Providence College has a great article designed specifically for college students and ways to reduce anxiety in the classroom. Instead of clumping all of your difficult tasks together, make a list and prioritize based on whatever factors you find important. Making to-do lists can often be a simple way to reduce stress by outlining exactly what you need to get done to help yourself feel better.

College is hard but you don’t need to make it any harder on yourself. By following these techniques for relaxation, maybe you’ll find the college blur a little clearer. Then again, if none of these tips works than maybe you should have googled “best college bars” instead of “top relaxation tips for college students”. It’s your call, so how do you find reduce stress in college?

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