It’s that time of the year: finals. Finals is one of the most stressful times of the year. Everyone is on edge, physical and mental health seem to be the last of everyone’s worries, and everyone is anxious to get home! To help deal with the stress of finals, here are 10 things you can do to destress and promote self-care!
1. Color or paint!
Coloring and painting can help you focus, take a break from the textbooks, and help you be creative!
Meditating helps you breathe, clear your mind, and gives you a break from the stress of life!
3. Watch Netflix!
Though you don’t want to watch for too long, treat yourself to watching an episode of a show or a movie on Netflix after hours of studying!
4. Read a book!
Finals requires a lot of reading, whether it’s studying for an exam or doing research for a paper. Read a book that isn’t for academics! You can reread your favorite book, pick up one you’ve always wanted to read, or you can even read a children’s book if you like!
5. Go for a walk!
Walking helps you clear your mind, take in the environment around you, and can lead you to discover parts of Salem that you’ve never ventured to before!
I am not one to go to the gym, but any form of exercise can help you be attentive, stay healthy, and give you time for yourself!
7. Spend time with friends!
Go to dinner, see a movie, or take a walk downtown! You and your friends can get away from campus for a bit and take a break!
Write about how you’re feeling, write a story, or write about the world around you! Writing can help you be creative and help inspire you for classes, without constantly working on classwork.
9. Get plenty of sleep!
Sleeping well helps you stay alert and will prepare you for the day ahead. Make sure to keep a steady sleep schedule and take power naps if you need to!
Remember to breathe! Finals are stressful, but it’s only a short amount of time for a big payoff. So breathe, do your work, and don’t sweat the small stuff!