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Five Ways To Manage Stress during Final Exams

For many students, finals mean late nights in the library full of studying, caffeinated drinks and, of course, stress.  A little bit of stress can be helpful by keeping you motivated to do well on your exams. But, too much stress can harm both your test scores and your health.

With finals just around the corner, here are some tips to help relieve stress:

  1. Make a study plan
    Since you may have many exams and papers to prepare for, making a study plan can keep you organized and lower your stress levels. Make a time chart with your daily activities and block off time each day to study for your exams. It may also be helpful to give yourself a couple of days to study for each test, preventing you from having to pull an all-nighter right before your exam.

  2. Take breaks
    Even though you might have a lot to do in a short amount of time, it's important to take breaks to clear your thoughts and give your mind a rest. Choose an activity that you love such as taking a walk, listening to music, or going out to eat with friends.

  3. Don't drink alcohol
    It may be tempting to party and drink as a way to unwind during finals, but alcohol may create more problems than it solves. Alcohol can raise your stress levels and if you have too much, it may make getting up and studying the next day that much harder.

  4. Take care of your body
    It is easy to put your health on the back burner while you focus on getting through your exams. But, handling stress can be easier if your body is well taken care of. Make sure you eat healthy, work out, and get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.

  5. Find a support system
    If you are struggling with stress it might be a good idea to have someone you can reach out to. Talking with your counselor, doctor, parents or friends may help put your thoughts in perspective and give you a sense a comfort.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Alliance on Mental Illness

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