There is a small army of tests and quizzes ready to greet me this upcoming week, so, due to the time-consuming amounts of studying I’m hoping to accomplish (but we’ll see how that goes), I’ve asked my good friend and fellow blogger, Courtney from Hello My Name is Girl, to write a guest post for me. She came up with these awesome ideas on ways to combat stress during finals week (but I’m definitely going to be using these tips this week!).
With Thanksgiving almost here and finals just around the corner, I thought it was time for a little guide on surviving finals week. We all dread the accumulative tests that seem to last forever, unless you are one of the lucky souls who have optional exams. To you, I say think about your options. If you already have an A, then congratulations, you probably wont take the exam. Unless you are really dying to, then go right ahead. But if you are on the fence between passing or failing, or even between a C and B, I would highly advise you to study hard and take that final!
But enough about test taking, let’s get down to what we are really here for: How to avoid stress during the most stressful week of the semester.
1. Take Breaks
We would all ideally love to take full advantage of our study time, but our brains can only inhale so much at a time. We need to take brain breaks every once in a while. Split your study material into different sections. Then, after you complete one section, take a break. It doesn’t have to be a long break, but you need to give your brain a rest. Get up and take a lap around the library or go get some Starbucks or a quick snack. Movement is the best way to signal to your brain that it’s time for a break.
2. Avoid Being Social
I don’t mean avoiding your friends or study groups (study groups are the best!). I mean to avoid social media. I do not recommended using your brain break to surf Pinterest or see what’s on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or whatever else you use. Why? Because you are mindlessly scrolling on a screen, and you don’t want to be mindlessly scrolling through your textbook. Plus, if you’re anything like me, a quick 5 minute break on Pinterest often turns into an hour pin-binge. So avoid social media while studying—it’s just distracting.
3. Grab a Coloring Book
Yes, you heard me! Go back to your elementary years and color! Why? Coloring, for me at least, is a huge stress reliever. I can control every outcome while coloring. I can choose what colors to use, if I want to be realistic with my coloring or if I want Mickey Mouse to be blue with yellow spots. It’s all up to me! That’s not true in most of life. Especially during finals, you can’t control the sniffling guy behind you who’s never heard of tissues. You can’t control the number of questions or the essay topic on your exams. You can only control you. So take advantage of coloring, or whatever else is your perfect stress reliever. It could be free writing, drawing, or reading. Whatever it is, do it! And don’t forget to stock up on your colors.
4. Have Fun!
You don’t have to spend an entire weekend down in the depths of the library with your friends wondering when (or if) you will ever emerge. You need to take a break from studying and get away for a couple of hours. Go see the latest chick flick with the girls. Go to the last home game. Go do something where your mind is far away from your classes. And when you come back to the books, you’ll be surprised at how refreshed your mind feels. You’ll be ready to tackle another hardcore study session, because that’s just how awesome you are!
5. Encouragement Goes a Long Way
You know those Ryan Gosling “HeyGirl ” memes? Well print those out and post them everywhere you (and others) will see them. If you don’t want to use your printer ink or pay ten cents per page at the library, make some encouraging post-it notes and slap those suckers everywhere. Sometimes all you need to get through the day is a little encouraging note from Ryan. That may be the case for other girls struggling through finals as well, so go spread the Ryan Gosling love everywhere you can!
Those are just a few of my tips to avoid stress during these upcoming finals. I hope at least one of these can come in handy!
What do you do to avoid stress?
Courtney is a preacher’s kid who loves theatre, Pinteresting, and cuddling with her cute little Chihuahua named Sunny. She loves to blog about everything that comes with being a girl: fashion, entertainment, fitness, DIY projects, and more. Check out her blog HERE, or say hi to her on Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, or Instagram.