Keep Your Stress in Check

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As the semester comes to an end, your stress levels are bound to skyrocket. Between studying for your exams, working on final projects and papers, packing and scrambling to see all your friends before you head back home, there is little time to relax.

While a little stress might be just that push you need to stay motivated and on top of your work, too much stress can be harmful to your health. According to the Mountain State Centers for Independent Living and People With Disabilities, “If you are suffering from extreme stress or long-term stress, your body will eventually wear itself down.”

The following is a list of tips to help keep your stress in check:

Study with friends – just make sure you do enough work. By studying with your friends, you do not have to worry about making time to see them before everyone is gone. It can also help you relax a little bit while you do work.

If possible, get stuff done early. One big reason why everyone stresses during finals week is that we tend to do everything at the last minute. When possible, get started on that paper you are dreading or even pack early. You will thank yourself later.

Sneak in 30 minutes of exercise each day. We understand that you barely have time to eat these days, but you should still make an effort to exercise. If you really have no time during the day, wake up 30 minutes earlier. We know, we know – but exercise is a tried and true stress-buster. Not to mention that it will help you get ready for bathing suit season.

Get a good night’s sleep. Getting a good night’s rest is practically impossible during all-nighter season, but sleeping well can help you be much more productive during the day.

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