De-Stressing During Finals Week

With finals week quickly approaching, it is essential to prioritize not only your studies, but your mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing as well. It can often be hard to set your books down, especially during finals week, to allow yourself to rest and rejuvenate. However, this is essential because “stress is the number one reported impediment to academic performance according to the American College Health Association. In addition, many of the emotional and physical symptoms that occur commonly in the college population, such as headaches, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and the inability to cope, can be attributed to or exacerbated by stress” (Tracy, 2021). Therefore, stress can impact you mentally and physically, which can heavily affect your academic abilities.

Similarly, although with finals week quickly approaching, many students are hyper-fixated on their grades, studies, and academic achievement. Although these are all important focuses for college students, it is pertinent that you also find the time to do things that you enjoy. For example, with moving your body, “endorphins your body releases during exercise act as painkillers for the body and mind” (Tracy, 2021). Which can be especially beneficial as you start studying for finals.

Although finals week can be hard on both the body and the mind, remember to prioritize yourself too. Because although grades are important, your mental and physical health is just as important as well.

Tips on how to de-stress:

· Study in 50-minute intervals split by a 5-minute break to allow your mind to rest and refocus

· Remember to eat and drink water!

· Get at least 8 hours of sleep

· Be kind to yourself

Tracy, E. (n.d.). How to alleviate finals week stress. The Voyager. Retrieved November 30, 2021, from



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