Battling the end of semester blues (and insane amounts of stress)

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We’ve all been there (well except you, freshmen). The countless hours spent at the library, the searing pain in your eyes from staring at a textbook or computer screen all day long, and the burdensome stress accompanied by an overwhelming amount of final projects and tests. Finals week, my friends, is quickly approaching.

And what better way to prepare for finals week than to… prepare for finals week? Here are some of the best tips for keeping your cool in Alden’s unbearably hot temperatures.

1. Exercise

We all know that exercise is good, but can it really defeat the stress that dominates our lives during finals week? “Exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate,” said an article in the Anxiety and Depression Association of America website. So even if you’re not big into cardio or lifting weights, take a break from studying to clear your mind, enhance your concentration and improve your physical (and mental) health.

2. Eat Right

If you’re a person who binge eats during stress, break ups, whatever else can go wrong in life, etc., etc., then take a different approach to managing your stress. According to Combating Stress with a Balanced Nutritional Diet by the Stress Management Society and Bodychef, “Unhealthy eating patterns will only result in an increased level in stress, followed by further problems in the future if not resolved.” I know you aren’t trying to make things worse for yourself, but you are. Take some of these extra tips to enhance a healthy, less stressful, finals week (and lifestyle, for that matter).

3. Start Early

Start your projects early. Begin studying for your exams weeks in advance. Letting everything pile up will only increase your stress. Beginning your assignments early will reduce stress and improve your grades.

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