Prevent End-of-Semester Stress

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As the end of the semester rolls into sight, it may seem like it’s not possible to fit one more thing could on your already overloaded plate of to-dos.

Finals are looming and you are beginning to prepare, it seems like someone is already asking you to make decisions about what classes you’re taking next semester (and this semester isn’t even finished yet!) you might be thinking about graduation or beginning to explore housing options for summer or next year. Needless to say, there is a lot going on.

With so many things happening, now is a great time to take a quick step back and look at the big picture. There IS a lot going on but there are also some really important things we need you to keep in mind to stay healthy and happy and prevent stress you consider all of the many important decisions about your future.

One of the single-most important pieces of advice we can offer is taking some time to plan. Carve out a little bit of room to make sure important deadlines are honored (did you know you can begin to register for fall classes as early as April 1 in the spring and for fall classes Nov. 1 for spring?!?) so that you’re not losing out on much-needed sleep in the weeks to come. Being well rested and dedicating some specific time to studying will actually go much further in helping you prepare for finals than those late-night cram sessions. And remember, artificial energy boosts like power drinks or other unhealthy eating choices only sabotage your efforts. Here are a couple quick tips for managing the end-of-semester stress and getting through finals feeling fresh and fabulous!

  • Get enough water! Try to drink your 8/8 – that’s 8 glasses of 8 ounces – go on! You can do it!
  • Divide the big projects into smaller, more manageable chunks and tackle one at a time.
  • Designate a specific study time during finals and stick to it so that your sleep and other activities don’t suffer
  • Ask for help if you need it (Seriously! We love seeing your face!) The Center for Health and Wellness Promotion has a lot to offer, even if it’s just an extra pen or a stress ball – stop by!

And, if you happen to have questions (like, if you are looking for an apartment off-campus for the first time and aren’t sure where to start or maybe do need some advice on managing bills) we would love to talk you through some of that! This guide to off-campus living is also a great first place to start.

Finally, take time to celebrate your accomplishments, even if they seem small. This is a busy time and it’s okay to feel overwhelmed but you will get through it!

For more stress management tips, visit our page on dealing with stress!