• Nam D.

Stress Relief for Finals

Updated: Mar 15, 2019

So, here we are, just another semester with finals around the corner. For people who are struggling out there - we got your back, homies. Here are five finals stress relief tips from Alien Thoughts that can help you study better for the exams.

1. Cut Out Distractions

Hello, this is the most efficient way! Stop using social media sites for God sake. Completely avoid social media unless you wanna see your GPA going down this semester. Besides, your friends are going to study for finals too, so what is the point of browsing these apps when everyone is offline anyway?

I would recommend putting on "Do not disturb" mode or just completely deleting social media apps and re-downloading them later when you are done with finals.

2. Get Your Heart Pumping

Sitting at the same place for hours can be tiring and stressful. Exercises will help improve concentration and mental awareness. By "heart pumping", I did not mean to go to the gym, you don't really have that much time to do luxury workouts. But instead, a 10-minute walk outside would be a great way to boost your mood.

3. Get The Right Study Snacks

Without a doubt, certain foods can help relieve stress and anxiety. However, not any kind of food would work. You don't want to consume food and drinks that are high in sugar or caffeine, it will only make it worse.

Instead, make sure to put more healthy food into your body as they will give you good energy and help you stay calm. Some of the best mood-boosting snacks include blueberries, dark chocolate, and pistachio nuts.

4. Talk It Out

When you feel like overwhelming or stressing over finals, please talk it out. It doesn't matter who you are talking to. It can be your family's member, your friends, your roommate, but you will definitely feel better. If studying alone is turning you into a ball of stress, how about finding yourself a study buddy?

5. Study Beats

If you feel like studying in a quiet environment is stressful, how about playing some music then? The goal wasn't to make noise but to make you feel excited. You can play whatever music you feel like jamming to. It can be hip-hop, kpop, dance, and even country music.

Here is one of the Spotify playlists that I usually put on whenever I have to focus on work. It's a Chill Lofi Study Beats playlist with all the tracks you would expect to hear in some nice coffee shops. Feel free to save it here

That's all we have for today on Alien Thoughts. Hopefully, our tips can help you to reduce your stress level and slaying these finals.

See you in the next post,

Nam from Alien Thoughts

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