May is Mental Health Awareness month. It also happens to be one of the most stressful times of the year for many students, with final exams, AP tests and general end-of-school anxiety to deal with. Because many of us are up to our necks in schoolwork – and feeling the pressure – here are some tips that we’ve found helpful in dealing with stress during finals.
1. Take breaks
Be sure to take breaks while you’re studying! We’ve all pulled study marathons, but it’s important to remember to take time for self-care. Close your books and unplug, have a snack and a drink of water, practice some breathing exercises, splash some water on your face – your studying will be there when you get back, but you just might feel better when you have some time to breathe and get your mind off finals.
2. Try a change of scenery
In addition, a change of scenery during a study session can be helpful, whether you’re just taking a break somewhere else or moving your studying to a new location. When you stay put for hours on end, you can get tired of seeing the same old surroundings. A change in your environment can help you relax, refresh and recharge.
3. Get some exercise
Exercise can be a huge help in dealing with stress. Even though you’re busy, it’s worth making time for some physical activity, whether it’s a walk, a swim, or a pickup game with your friends. After clearing your mind with some exercise, you may feel reenergized and ready to get back to studying.
4. Study with others
Organizing study groups is also a great way to give yourself a boost. By studying in a group, you have the opportunity to ask questions that you might not know the answer to. In addition to being a great way to improve your understanding of the material, working with others can remind us that we’re not alone! While studying can be really stressful, it’s comforting to know that we’re in it together. StudyParty, an app where you can organize video study rooms with friends and other students, is a great free resource for studying with others.
5. Reach out for help when you need it
Mental health isn’t just about managing stress on our own. Sometimes, we need help from others – whether it’s a friend, a family member, or a professional resource like a therapist or counselor. Many of us struggle with mental health issues, and you should never feel like you have to go through it alone. Help is out there if you need it. Learn more about the mental health resources available to you here.
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