Deal With Stress

A Student’s Guide to Beating Stress During Finals

STRESSED-COLLEGE-STUDENTIn a student’s life, finals week is the worst. Deadlines pile up one after another, and students usually lose track of everything they have to do. They need to write multiple essays on top of having to attend group projects and even finish research papers.

What makes it worse is that finishing all the requirements seems easy compared to acing an exam. But of course, that’s not even the worst since some students have to sit for five exams in a day!

Putting this into consideration, it’s easy to see why so many students break down once the finals week rolls¬†around. Being rattled and panicking are natural reactions, but it shouldn’t be the only reaction. Keeping your cool is entirely possible if you know how to reign in the stress and be productive under pressure.

Don’t believe me? Well, below’s a little guide on how students can juggle essay writing and acing all exams like a pro:

Be prepared for it from the first week of semester.

By now, you’ve probably heard it over and over again that prevention is better than cure. To avoid being incredibly stressed during the last weeks of the semester, you need to be on your toes from the start. If you manage to always be on time, there’s no need to rush requirements just so you can meet the deadline.

Sleep as often as possible.

When there are so many things to finish, it’s often sleep that’s sacrificed. But without enough sleep, it’s basically impossible to perform as well as you’d like. Drinking a liter of coffee can help you stay awake, but it has no guarantee that you will stay productive. A power nap can do wonders for you. When you feel like the wheels on your brain are turning slowly, it’s probably time for some z’s. Also, when you’re upset and about to cry from frustration, maybe you just lack sleep. You can think through¬†things again thoroughly after waking up.

Don’t skip your meals and drink lots of water.

Can you really write a good research paper on an empty stomach? It’s impossible to give your 100% on something if your hands are shaking and your stomach is grumbling. Grumpiness can also be caused by hunger. So instead of being all whiny while studying for finals, grab a sandwich and eat. Besides, eating your lunch will only take a few minutes. It can’t possibly be the main cause of why you won’t finish that paper. Once you’ve consumed your required daily nutrients, you have more energy to keep going until you finally finish all your papers. Don’t forget to hydrate yourself as well by drinking water throughout the day. The last thing you need is to pass out from dehydration in the middle of a report.

Tell yourself it will be over soon.

Don’t throw in the towel just yet. When you’re about to break down and just throw everything out the window, tell yourself that everything will come to pass. Just a few more sleepless nights and you no longer have to dread that Math exam. Just a few more days and you no longer have 10-page essays to write. The semester will be over. Breaking down at this point will only put all your past efforts to waste. So inhale, exhale, and do your best until the very last day.

Author’s Bio: Dorothy Hunter is a fresh graduate who’s glad that she has finally left behind the stress of finals week. She’s currently trying to achieve her dreams of being a writer. Right now, she works and blogs for

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