De-stressing During Finals

This time of year, students and professor alike are feeling the stress of final exams. Believe me, this semester has been hectic to say the least. It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of academia, but it is just as crucial to keep yourself de-stressed during this time of year. Here are a few tips to de-stress!

1. Plan
I am a compulsive planner, but I really see this as a gift. Planning ahead and tackling large projects piece by piece will certainly reduce the feeling of panic that sets in with an approaching due date.

2. Meditate
I can’t say enough about the importance of taking time to meditate and practice mindfulness, especially in a time of stress. Whether you attend a guided yoga class or simply take 5 minutes to deep breathe, meditation will make you feel calm and ready to take on the world.

3. Eat mood boosting food
Leafy vegetables, oatmeal, yogurt, blueberries, and dark chocolate are just a few of the delicious, nutritious foods known to boost mood. Snacking while studying will not only enhance your focus, but will improve your outlook and mood, as well!

4. Exercise
Exercising once a day for at least 30 minutes is known to reduce stress, heart rate, and blood pressure, and is known to increase cognitive activity. With two wonderful, free facilities on campus, there is no excuse for skipping out on this healthy stress-crusher!





Class of 2020
I am studying Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Social Sciences and Literacy in the College of Education. Although I now reside in Champaign, I am originally from Vernon Hills, a Northwest suburb of Chicago.

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