If you are a college student living in an apartment in Blacksburg, VA you know that stress is constant throughout the school year. But, college stress during finals week takes it to a whole new level.
Here are 6 easy ways to rest and relax during finals week:
Get time away/alone. Chances are, everyone you know at school is stressed during finals week too. Take a few minutes to take a walk off campus, treat yourself to a coffee in a place not full of stressed students, or find some other way/place that you can get yourself out of the finals-week environment, if even just for a few minutes.
Spend 3-5 minutes not doing anything. This is often more challenging than it sounds. But take a few minutes to turn off all of your technology and sit and relax -- even meditate, if you can. Those few minutes can calm your mind and your spirit while helping your refocus and recharge.
Spend 15-20 minutes doing something purely for fun. The break for your brain will do wonders for its productivity later. Watch silly YouTube videos, read a magazine, play a video game, or Skype with a friend far away.
Get exercise in a low-stress situation. Practice with your basketball team doesn't count. Go for a relaxing walk, ride your bike without knowing where you'll end up, or go for a quick jog. And if it's too cold outside, try something new in the gym. You might be surprised by how relaxed -- and energized! -- you feel afterward.
Attend a sporting event. If you're studying for finals at the end of the fall semester, chances are you can attend a game during finals week. Leave your books in your room and really let yourself relax and enjoy, knowing that the time spent away will help your studying later.
Make a list -- and write down everything. For some people, making a list can really help reduce stress because it helps put things in perspective. The best way to get things organized, and to get a feeling of satisfaction, is to write down every single thing you need to do -- like eating breakfast/lunch/dinner, doing laundry, getting some sleep, and going to class. Getting things written down -- and then crossed off! -- can do wonders for your sense of control and accomplishment during a very busy time.