It’s finals week at temple university and because this is my fourth week.of college finals I have developed a pretty solid method of dealing with the anxiety of the season. Here is my survival list to avoiding a panic attack during the biggest week of the year…
1. Exercise often and do it outside of the dorm
Exercise is the guilt-free version of procrastination.
2. Throw in some yoga
Maybe the yoga instructor within me is biased towards this method of stress releif, but really taking time to be mindful can help your brain to not fill up too fast and actually increase your productivity.
3. Take breaks for snacks and make them healthy.
My personal favorite is a bagel with provolone cheese and apple slices
4. Stock up on different types of teas
Black for caffeine, green for health, herbal for relaxation, and if you are a science major you might also want to pick up some ginger for nausea.
5. Don’t isolate yourself
Although locking yourself in your room may seem like the best idea, being alone is often the worst thing you could possibly do during study week. Being alone can lead to anxiety, nervousness and depression. Don’t do it. Or do it for small periods of time. But on the other hand, it is important to keep in mind what kind of friends you want around you during this time… It might not be wise to spend an evening with your party friends when you need to memorize physics formulas.
6. Dress comfortable, but don’t look like a scrub
It’s true that you want to be able to be comfortable during your studying but looking like a complete slob can lower self-confidence thereby making a person more prone to depression and anxiety. Two emotions that really should be avoided during finals.
I realize that earlier in the post I said to take breaks for healthy snacks, but for my hypoglycemic self this is not enough. A constant stream of sugar (not too much!) can actually help focus your brain and avoid sugar crashes that will lead to binge eating later on. This is why I pop sour jellybeans while I study my hardest subjects. It keeps my brain awake and focused and gives me a little treat to look forward to at then end of every page.
8. Have a pump up playlist for when you need a pick-me-up
It is recommended that during studying you listen only to classical music. Scientists say this is best for your brain. However, when you just gave two hours of your life to a subject you don’t care about sometimes you need a little mood booster. Blast the music that is closest to your heart, or the music that makes you feel sufficiently bad ass to help you take on that last minute paper.
9. Treat yourself
Insomnia cookies has great sales during finals season! And there is nothing wrong with a little chocolatey reward to keep you going during long nights in the books.
10. Know this is all temporary
The Buddhist in me. A good philosophy for life in general. One day the test will be over. And that will be that.
Good luck and may the curve be forever in your favor.