Finals: How to destress and end the semester on a positive note

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As finals come upon us, a plethora of stress is sure to come. For students who are still unsure, the exam schedule is as follows:

Monday: No exams.

Tuesday: First-hour exam

Wednesday: Second and Third-hour exams

Thursday: Fourth and Fifth-hour exams

Friday: Sixth and seventh-hour exams.

With this stressful time of the year, we on the news staff want to take a moment and help people destress.

First Tip

Take a second to step back. Take a moment to focus on yourself and less on the exam reviews. We all know that it’s not a great time of year for anyone, but going into exam week stressed isn’t going to help anyone. Remember that it’s not all about that one test. To do your best, you need to be focused, and you can’t do that while you’re stressed. Everyday Health recommends making a change for the better. Removing the source of stress will help you relax and earn those good grades. Another tip from Everyday Health is to respect yourself. There’s no point in working yourself to the bone only for the result to be bad. Take some time and help yourself.

Second Tip

Another easy tip to help lower stress is to try some essential oils (find more information in this article linked here). According to Psychology Today, some of the best essential oils for stress relief are lavender, lemon, bergamot, ylang ylang, clary sage, & jasmine. If you’re looking to pick up some of these great scents, you can look in multiple places.  Earth Lore in Plymouth is a great source of all your oil needs. Essential oils are also available at your local farmer’s market.

Third Tip

Sometimes you just need a break. We all feel that. Taking a break isn’t a bad thing, Huffpost recommends some great advice, from taking a break from your phone, or computer to watching some funny viral videos (we recommend some funny animals videos). Either way, find some way to get your mind off of studying, and onto something for you.

Fourth Tip

While some of these tips can be more in the moment, some long term change can be great too. Decreasing stress provides multiple benefits. Harvard Health recommends mediating and taking a five-minute break to focus on your inner thoughts. This is shown to improve your attention span, reduce age-related memory loss, improve sleep, decrease blood pressure and help improve your overall emotional health (Healthline).

Remember that a grade doesn’t mean anything if you aren’t proud of it.

“Without health, life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering – an image of death,” – Buddha.