It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Getting Through the Stress of Finals Season

By: Hayley Hasberger

Online Section Writer

Finals is a time of studying, procrastinating and cramming. Whether you have essays and projects or exams to study for, it is important to focus not only on your school work, but yourself. Everyone has a different way of studying, but you shouldn’t let your studies negatively impact your mental and physical health during this stressful time. Below are just a few tips according to the UGA Health Center to help get you through finals season.

Take Breaks: Whether you study better in short or long increments, it doesn’t matter. Breaks help your mind absorb the information, and make you feel physically better while studying. Taking a break does not have to be a long, extravagant event. Do something simple to give your mind a break, such as venturing out to get a small snack or sweet treat, watch a show, listen to some music or go for a walk, the list and combinations are endless. Another option is more involved activities like exercise (running, biking, yoga, weights, climbing, etc.), which helps increase your ability concentrate and improves sleep quality.

Sleep: Get a good night’s rest not only the night before your final but all the days leading up to the big exam. Sleep deprivation can affect both your mental and physical health, so make sure to get enough rest for the best results.

Eat and drink water: Even though you are spending valuable time studying, it is still crucial for your body to have its necessary nutrients to help function properly. Stress can weaken your immune system, and one step to help combat this is to focus on your nutrition. By not taking the time to eat complete meals or drink water, you are hindering your brain function and capability. Water helps provide oxygen to your brain, therefore if you find yourself yawning during studying time and can’t remember when you last had a glass of water, your body may be dehydrated and unable to function at its best.

Remember to be nice to your body and mind during this intense time, you deserve to be healthy. Finals can seem daunting, but taking care of your body will help you feel prepared to ace your tests!

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