December 10, 2018 / 1:00 pm

8 Best Ways to Destress During Finals Week

Finals season is upon us here at IU, but don’t fret. I’ve scoured the internet for the best tips on de-stressing during finals week, and here they are. Without further ado, eight helpful tips to care for yourself during finals week.

  1. For the love of god, get some sleep. Eight hours is the best for human beings of college age. All-nighters actually ruin your mind and body – every freshman in Psych 101 has learned this. Your body needs REM to focus and to convert all that studying into long-term memory. Don’t neglect to sleep!
  2. A shower can leave you feeling refreshed, especially after a long day of studying. Let warm–or freezing depending on which dorm you live in–water rejuvenate your body.
  3. Drink lots of water. I’m talking 3 cups by noon as a goal. This may seem like a challenge, but it will help to stimulate your mind and keep your body healthy. Get cool stickers for your water bottle as a reward!
  4. Try a group exercise class at the SRSC – Barre to the Beat and Beginner’s Yoga are my personal favorites. Get those endorphins flowing, and feel all the stress leave your body.
  5. Take care of your brain – watch something that makes you laugh. Like one vine compilation (not five), or an episode of the Good Place or the Office.
  6. Make lists of what you have to do! It helps you stay organized, and crossing something off is a little achievement that always makes me feel accomplished.
  7. TREAT YO SELF! Whatever this means to you, DO IT! Whether splurging on a venti at the IMU Starbucks or doing a face mask, do something special for yourself! 
  8. Listen to a killer playlist, like this one made by yours truly.