How to Have a Stress-Free Finals Week

Is the amount of work you have to do between now and summer weighing you down? Have you been on the hunt for ways to mitigate your stress before it overwhelms you? Look no further! Here we have five tips to rock your last five days of Spring Quarter.

1. Make a study schedule

Do you ever sit down to study and realize 30 minutes later you’ve been cruising on Buzzfeed far longer than you’d like to admit? Make a study vs. rest schedule so you don’t have to feel guilty about taking your internet breaks! Aim for 50 minutes of studying and 10 minutes of break time, but don’t forget to get up and stretch as well. Bonus points: schedule out the entire week. If you’re like most students, you’ll have more than one final on more than one day, so plan ahead of time which days will be devoted to studying what.

2. Spark Some Scents

Aromatherapy is thought to be an excellent stress reliever, specifically with the use of lavender. Light some candles and reap the benefits of a relaxed mind and fragrant room. 

3. Work It Out

Often times, when students get overwhelmed by the stress of studying, working out drops lower on the priority list. But in fact, exercise can help you focus! It rejuvenates your brain, gives you more energy, and breaks up the monotony of staring at a book or computer screen. Set aside an hour each day to soak up the sun on one of the many hikes in SLO, try out a new gym class at the rec, or visit the calves at the dairy unit.

4. Take A Nap

Make room in your study schedule for a quick power nap, because who doesn’t need more sleep? Make sure your nap doesn’t exceed 30 minutes as you may wake up feeling more tired than before.

5. Yoga Time

Performing some light yoga combines relaxing breathing and soothing movements sure to eliminate stress. Bending isn’t really your forte? Try meditation! Mental silence is a powerful tool to reboot your mind between study sessions and eliminate distracting thoughts steering you away from acing your next test.


May the odds be ever in your favor!



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