Finals week is approaching on college campuses across the country as the fall semester comes to a close. Stress is tangible in libraries and students centers as anxiety levels reach an all-time high for many college students.
If you’re in the midst of finals week or bracing yourself for the storm of work to come, here are a few tips to keep you on track:
According to About Education, making a list of daily tasks can help reduce stress during a busy period, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Writing down every task you have to do can give you a sense of accomplishment as you check off each completed activity.
Get enough sleep
Although pulling an all-nighter can be tempting, getting enough sleep is essential to optimal brain function and memory storage. According to University of California, San Diego News, sleep deprivation is a major health issue plaguing college students due to factors like anxiety and high caffeine consumption. They recommend avoiding alcohol and caffeinated beverages before bed.
Get off social media
Social media platforms can suck students into hours of distraction. The best method for finals week may be to (temporarily) delete your social media apps or make a conscious effort to avoid them. An article from TIME Magazine suggests checking them in moderation as a reward, “Check in on your favorite platforms or websites for 10 to 15 minutes before going to bed or during your downtime.”
Give yourself a break!
Allow yourself to take breaks between long periods of study to avoid becoming overwhelmed. USA Today recommends carving some time for yourself each day, “Take a nap, call a friend, go for a walk, take a fitness class, meditate-whatever you need to do to take a mental break and recharge before you plow through the next stack of books and notes.”
Relax, you’ve got this!