That recurring moment tends to happen right about now for most students. You know, the moment where we look at the calendar for the first time and realize finals are in 10 days. We’ve all been there. It’s a bittersweet feeling, on the one hand we are excited to be heading into the end of a great year and looking forward to summer. On the other hand, you have 3 quizzes, 5 groups projects, and 5 finals all due in a span of 2 weeks. The workload this time of year can be overwhelming and cause great deals of stress. There are many ways to help get through these times. 

Here is your student guide of how to get through finals this year written by 4 second semester seniors who have been through it a couple of times:

  1. Exercise or Walking
Picture of a stack of weights. Photo Credit: Giancarlo Musso

Physical exercise is crucial to the body’s health at all times, whether there are finals or not. If your body feels good, your mind feels good, and vice versa. When the body is filled with stress however, sometimes the best way to release that stress is through physical activity. Lifting weights, going for runs, and going on walks are all ways you can physically exercise to take your mind away from the work. Going on walks is a way where you can knock out all 3 of these stress relievers in one. Go on a daily walk either before or after your exams, take that time to really destress and reflect on everything you need for yourself. It does not have to be lifting extreme amounts of weight, a simple walk will do the trick. 

2. Daily Meditation

Picture of Guy Meditating. Photo Credit: Giancarlo Musso

Daily meditation is such an important thing to do, especially as we are getting older and our day is filled with more responsibilities. For a lot of people, that stress wave hits your right when you wake up in the morning. It’s the moment when you come to and realize all the work ahead for the day and the week, and you start your day off on the wrong foot. Take 10 minutes right after your shower or breakfast to just sit down, turn your phone off and computer off, and just be with yourself and your thoughts. Studies have shown that morning meditation has been the reason for increase in work efficiency during the day. There are also other forms of meditation that can be helpful, such as journaling. 

3. Get Into New Music

Picture of a Spotify playlist. Photo credit: Giancarlo Musso

Finding and discovering new music is sometimes an enormous stress reliever. A lot of students prefer to work while listening to music, and it helps find a rhythm for your work. There are times however that listening to the same music you always do will move your focus away from the work. Try to discover new music, new artists, new genres. It will help take your mind off of the work ahead. Studies show that classical music has been sown to improve focus of a student while listening during their work. 

THINGS SCHEDULES AT SJU TO DO DURING FINALS:

Saturday May 1st Intermediate Yoga from 12:15pm-1pm

Monday May 3rd Mindfulness Meditation from 12pm- 12:25 pm

Tuesday May 4th Strength Training from 3pm-3:45 pm