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Stress Management during Final Exams

Summer is just around the corner. But, before students can have some fun in the sun they have to get through finals.

For many high school, college and postgrad students, finals can be one of the most stressful times of the year. A little bit of stress can help you keep on task as your get ready for your exams, but too much stress can be harmful to both your GPA and your health.

Here are some tips to help relieve stress this exam season:

  • Make a study plan
    Instead of cramming the night before your exam, start studying days before. Make a study plan that lists when and what you will study, so that you only have to do a quick review of the material the night before the exam. On the day of your test you will be refreshed and ready instead of tired and groggy.
  • Study with friends
    Your friends can make studying more enjoyable and less overwhelming. You can keep each other motivated and help each other out if one of you is confused about the material. Just make sure you meet up with friends who are as serious about finals as you are.
  • Take breaks
    Even though you might have a lot to do in a short amount of time, it's important to take breaks to clear your thoughts and give your mind a rest. Choose an activity that you love such as taking a walk, listening to music, dancing around your room or going out to eat with friends.
  • Don't drink alcohol
    It may be tempting to party and drink as a way to unwind during finals, but alcohol may create more problems than it solves. Alcohol can raise your stress levels and if you have too much, it may make getting up and studying the next day that much harder.
  • Take care of yourself
    It is easy to put your health on the back burner while you focus on getting through your exams. But, handling stress can be easier if your body is well taken care of. Make sure you eat healthy, work out, and get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
  • Find a support system
    If you are struggling with stress it might be a good idea to have someone you can reach out to. Talking with your counselor, doctor, parents or friends may help put your thoughts in perspective and give you a sense a comfort.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Alliance on Mental Illness

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