Saturday, December 13, 2008

Simply Stressed

Final exams. As college students, we dread the inevitable end to each semester. It is interesting to see the difference in campus during the last couple weeks before winter break. The library is suddenly the hot spot on campus, the tables, chairs and benches around campus are occupied by students and their books, notes and laptops and stress levels skyrocket. Even off-campus the difference is noticeable. Nearby coffee shops suddenly see a surge in sales and even the public library has more visitors than usual. Needless to say, final exams induce massive amounts of stress, though college students are already well-accustomed to the concept and reality of stress. The downside to this fact is that high levels of stress can be harmful both psychologically and physically. If you are overwhelmed by stress, I would suggest finding more information about stress and how to effectively manage it.

Here are some simple and healthy ways to keep your stress in check as finals approach. They also can provide a nice study break when needed:

* Go for a walk
* Talk to a supportive friend
* Sweat out tension with a good workout
* Do something for someone else
* Write in a journal
* Listen to music
* Watch a comedy

Good luck to everyone preparing for final exams. Study hard, but remember to get a good night's sleep and eat breakfast before your exams!

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