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Destressing Finals


© Maria Schwartzman 2008

So, finals are upon us or quickly approaching: the sign of the end of the semester and beginning of summer vacation. This can be (and usually is) a very stressful time for students. Here are some quick and simple ways to destress a little bit during this hectic time.


  •  exercise: exercising in any form can really help you destress and refocus. Taking a walk, going for a light jog, or even just getting up from your desk and doing a few jumping jacks or crunches can refresh your mind and get your body back into gear.
  • sit down: if you find you are always on the go, take a few minutes to just sit down and relax. Find a quiet place outside, in your room, in your car — anywhere you feel comfortable, and just zone out for five or ten minutes.
  • breathe: stop whatever you are doing right now(whether it’s stressing you out or not) and take a couple deep breaths, slowly breathing in and out. It will help to calm down your body.
  • organize something: when I have my life in order I feel much more relaxed and capable of doing things (studying, etc). Organizing also is a way in which I relax myself. It may not sound fun to you, but give it a try (you never know!).
  • figure out what’s bothering you. The sooner you get it done, the sooner you will be to a calmer mind with less stress.
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5 Responses to “Destressing Finals”

  1. Just to let you know. You are not alone. I too find organizing relaxing. One thing I do when I can not focus is clean my room, organize my desk, clean out the car, rearrange bookshelves. It helps clear the mind.

  2. seo blog says:

    Good luck with the finals! I will have to retake a year myself :(

  3. paulette says:

    What im doing to take away my stress is to think active when things don’t go the way you wanted and smiling will somehow release tension. If you feel that you are stress and tolerate it. you will really be stress out. Think positive.

  4. Suo says:

    Nice long walks do great things, especially alone ones. I go for a walk as often as I can. And I feel a peacefulness as I watch some nature relaxation videos at
    Nature is a great universal stress reliever.

  5. Poems Girl says:

    yes, a good walk can help to relax..