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by Margaret Torresson

It’s that time of year again: finals. Stress levels are at an all-time high at this point in the semester. The end is so close that you can almost taste it, but there are still finals left to take and papers left to do. Stress can take a toll on the body and it manifests in different ways; some people eat excessively, some don’t eat at all, some people lose a lot of sleep, some sleep more, some break out, and some get sick.

There are many ways to keep stress levels at ease. Here are a few strategies you can try:

Take a break, listen to music, and dance around like there is no one watching.

Go for a walk around campus. With such a beautiful view, you’re bound to feel somewhat relaxed.

Make a cup of tea. Tea is magical: it can make you feel better when you are sick, it can wake you up, it can help you sleep, and most importantly it can relax you.

Tea isn’t your cup of tea? Make a cup of coffee, a good cup of coffee can cure anything, trust me.

Call your family, your parents are always looking out for you and they know exactly what you need.

While you are studying, keep a small snack with you. Trail mix is my personal favorite study time snack.

Exercise. Run, let out your frustrations, you will get so much more done once it’s all out.

Don’t want to exercise? Try some light stretching or yoga.

Treat yourself, paint your nails, do your hair, take a long hot shower, do whatever will make you feel better.

Talk to your friends, they’re also stressed and you both could probably use a good talk with a friend.

Something just as important as being less stressed  is staying healthy. Double up on your vitamins, bundle up when you go outside if it is cold, make sure that you get enough sleep, have enough to eat, and drink plenty of water.


Good luck on finals, and may the grading curve be ever in your favor.