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How to keep your cool during finals

As the wrath of finals week nears, your stress levels may be at an all time high. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to relax your mind while preparing for the end of the semester and as a result, do the best you can on your final exams.
Utilize campus resources
Throughout the week of finals, ISU offers a number of beneficial events, one of which is late-night dining. If you’re busy cramming for finals or writing your last paper of the semester, it’s important to take a break for some much-needed brain food. Students with a meal plan are invited to visit Watterson and Linkins Dining Center from 8 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 8 to 10 to enjoy some late night snacks before hitting the books.

On top of different dining center hours, Milner library will offer it’s usual extended hours. From now until Friday, Dec. 13, Milner will be open 24 hours. Utilizing these extended hours will ensure a quiet place to study with no distractions.

Sam Flory/Photographer Planning ahead of time for finals week can help eliminate the stress of studying.

Sam Flory/Photographer
Planning ahead of time for finals week can help eliminate the stress of studying.

Get organized
Don’t be afraid to make an obnoxious amount of lists during finals week. Writing down everything you need to do will sort out your workload, and it might even allow you to breathe a little easier. As the lists get longer, take comfort in the act of crossing things off. Reward yourself with some retail therapy once each item has a line drawn through it.

Set aside time for yourself  
As overwhelming as next week may be, it’s important to set aside some time for yourself. When it comes to preparing for finals, it’s important to be well rested so that you can put forth your best work. Take time out of each day to take a power nap or watch a half-hour show on Netflix. Just don’t let that half hour turn into half of your day.

Yoga at the Rec
Nothing says relaxation like a calming session of yoga. Take advantage of the free yoga classes that are offered at the Rec. The class is held at a number of times throughout the week so that it can fit into your chaotic schedule. If you can’t get away for an hour, there are a variety of free yoga apps on smart phones for you to download and use.

Keep your eye on the prize
Remember, all of the cramming, stressing and nitpicking you are doing will come to an end in a matter of two weeks. Remind yourself that finals week is made up of four days. Four – that’s it! And once it is completed, it’s smooth sailing towards a glorious month at home filled with friends, family, no books, no papers and no tests. You can do it!

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