Coping with Finals Stress: A Comprehensive Guide

Snow has officially covered campus; a sea of flawless white crystals covering the dry grass and leaf-less tree.

It also means finals, copious amounts of stress and multiple cups of coffee a day.

I was thinking about the time of year that has so many of us stressed to the point of practically exploding. This morning I was so angry at the fact that my computer and printer wouldn’t be friends and work together I considered throwing my laptop out the window. I also proceeded to burst into tears in a fit of anger and stress. Finals in college are not a joke.

In all this stress and my ever-increasing to-d0 list, I feel that my blog often comes in second and gets surpassed for projects and note-taking.

I’m currently in a cafe listening to the Jackson 5’s Santa Claus is coming to town, and chugging a dark roast coffee, which is about the only way I know to keep the stress from making me implode. It also inspired me to write a couple of tips for de-stressing during finals:

  1. Face masks are always a good idea

My current favorite is the Mask of Magnanimity by Lush. I picked this up over Thanksgiving break, along with some bath bombs and face cleansers. My love for lush is infinite, and my love for this face mask is too. I love the smell of peppermint, and find that this mask is perfect for calming me down when the stress gets to be too much. Also it makes my skin look and feel great so what could be better than that?

2. Christmas Music on repeat

I am the type of person who has loved Christmastime for my entire life and probably will never stop loving. I have so many memories of making gingerbread houses at my Grandparents house, and going shopping with my parents for the perfect gift. These memories are always punctuated by classic christmas songs on the radio. Spotify’s Christmas playlists are so amazing and they never cease to make me smile. The “Christmas Peaceful Piano” playlist has been my go-to for when I’m putting in hours at the library, and I love walking through snow-covered campus listening to all the classics.

3. Make time for Relaxing

In the midst of the projects, papers and studying, it gets hard to see past the stress and piles of work. It becomes all encompassing, and can really upset your mental health. I like put on the essential oil diffuser or light a candle, and curl up with a book or netflix. Having time to decompress is essential in times of stress, so find what works for you and stick with it.

4. Eat

Usually, people fall into one of two categories; the people who stress-eat, and the people who do not eat due to stress. I fall into the former category, and will find any opportunity to snack. With the constant stress and pressure to preform, fueling your body with healthy foods will make you feel so much better.

5. Go for a drive

Yesterday, I texted my friends asking if they wanted to come on a drive. We hopped in the car and onto the highway and headed to a town we’d never been to. We explored old used book shops with warped floors that creaked underfoot, and had tea and vegan snacks at a tea bar next-door. We drove home through snow showers, listing to alternative rock on the radio.


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