For all you students out there, finals are approaching and our stress levels are climbing. While it’s important to study for your chem final this Friday, it’s even more important to focus on your mental health. Finals week is challenging for us all, and I’ve got some news for you: You don’t need those all-nighters to ace that test. In fact, they’ll probably hurt you in the long run. Take some time for yourself every day to clear your mind and enjoy yourself. These stress-fighting tasks will help you do just that.
Meditating and mindfulness exercises have been on the rise lately. Mindfulness is all about focusing on you and how you feel mentally and physically. Whilst doing so, you enter into a calm and peaceful state. I like to meditate before bed to help clear my mind for sleep, but you can do it any time of the day! It’s very relaxing and easy to do. You can try it on your own, but I suggest using an app like Headspace to get the full effect. Try this when you wake up, go to sleep, or do small mindfulness exercises while you study and throughout the day.
Go For a Walk/Exercise
Getting a little fresh air could be just the pick me up you need to get in the zone for a hardcore study session. Whether you want to go for a walk, run, or do some small exercises in your room, you can free yourself from the frustration of finals and focus on yourself. If you’re not into walks outside, I suggest trying some online workout videos. Blogilates on YouTube has fast, free, and easy workout videos for anyone. Whether you want an easy 5-minute workout or a full 30 minute sweat, I’d check out Blogilates to bust out your finals frustrations.
You’ve been working hard all week- treat yourself with a mini spa day to relax before the big test. A bubble bath, painting your nails, and reading a magazine are all things to include in your mini stay-cation. Invite your friends over and make it a girls night to reward yourselves for studying so hard. Turn on the water, drop in a bath bomb, and soak your study troubles away for the night.
Listen to Music
Listen to some music during finals week for multiple reasons: to pump yourself up before your test, to take a study break, or to relax yourself after a long night of note-taking. I personally enjoy listening to Pandora online radio so I get a good mix of everything and maybe hear a new song too.
What are some of your favorite ways to take study breaks? Comment below!