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Ways to Destress

By Maddie Ashley

STAFF WRITER

What comes to mind when you think about finals? Late nights, high stress, exhaustion? Does APUSH have you waking up in a cold sweat at night? It doesn’t have to be that way. If you plan ahead and follow my advice, you can get through finals this spring feeling calmer, healthier and more rested.

  When you get your final exam schedule, come up with a daily schedule. Use a whiteboard or other organization tool to plan out all of the time you need and have for studying, breaks, sleep, classes, etc. You will find that if you set up a schedule and follow it then you are less likely to

procrastinate. If you leave all of your studying to the last minute, you will be rushed, you won’t have enough time, and your stress level will be very high.

  Mental health is important! You can’t study nonstop so plan to take some nice relaxing breaks. Maybe you pull out that bath bomb, light a candle and put on some good tunes! If baths aren’t appealing to you, consider going for a walk around the block. I like to run the Turkey. Of course you can always just chill out to your favorite music, try some yoga moves, or even try to meditate. The Wellness Club here on campus can also offer good advice.

  It is also very important to stay healthy and resist the urge to binge on candy and goldfish. Avoid the sugar and carbs and instead reach for protein rich snacks like nuts and cheese. And I know it sounds impossible, but sleep is so important! If you plan ahead, you can budget in enough hours for sleep to give your brain and body time to recharge.

  So let’s all do what we can to minimize stress during finals this spring! Stay healthy, plan ahead and take breaks. I think you will be happy with the results.

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