Finals are approaching and final projects are in their last stretch. Can you handle the pressure? Here are some tips to help you manage the stress.
- Break your work into chunks.
Why do you think Twitter limits you to 140 characters? Because after writing 140 characters worth of your essay, your brain is going to want to check Facebook or Yik Yak again. Don’t fight it, embrace it by stopping every 140 characters to give in to your impulses. Soon checking Twitter will feel less like an impulse and more like a check on your to-do list!
- Get some exercise.
Exercise releases endorphins that relieve stress, so get a jog or push up in when you can. In fact, while you’re breaking up your projects into chunks, why not throw a jog in between each chunk? For example, write 140 characters at the UgLi, jog to the Union and write another 140 in the Tap Room, then jog to the Fishbowl for 140 more, and end at the Cyber Lounge in the League with another 140 characters. Congrats, you have your first page! Do a few more circuits and you’ll be done in only a few hours, and be less stressed than when you started!
- Get enough sleep.
You wrote a page of your essay today, so, of course, you should treat yo’ self. However, instead of celebrating with The Dark Knight Rises or The Hobbit for the next 3 hours, substitute in an episode of a short tv show, like Parks & Rec, and devote the other 2.5 hours to sleep. Your brain needs sleep to function properly and your body needs to recover after all those sprints you did earlier.
- Have fun.
Grab your roommates and head to the Finals Survival Breakfast or the Trotter Study Break to get away from your work. Or escape to another world by reading a book on the couches of the League. Put aside at least an hour a day to do something you want to do. Having a little fun every so often can lighten the mood and help you forget about all the stress, even for a little while.
The end of the semester is rarely easy, so you can expect some level of stress even with these tips. Of course, the best stress reliever is being done, so keep pushing! You’ll be on Winter Break soon enough!