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End of the Semester Stress Management

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Abigail Shucker, Account Associate

The 2019 spring semester is coming to an end, whether we like it or not. Finals week, also known as the most stressful time of the year, is right around the corner. Letting the stress take over is unhealthy, but also avoidable. The following simple tips will help you clear your head, relax, and have the right mindset as you take on the busiest time of year.

Get Enough Sleep

This one may sound self-explanatory, but it’s not as obvious as you may think. College students tend to think that they can fully function on 4 hours of sleep with no repercussions, which isn’t the case. Sleep is one of the most important things that help keep our bodies moving and functioning to the best of their abilities. According to the University of Georgia Health Center, research indicates that insufficient sleep impacts students’ health, moods, and GPA. With that being said, manage your time wisely and make sure you get in your 8 hours to be able to perform to the best of your ability!

Get Active!  

I know, I hate running too. But, plenty of studies have shown that exercise or any sort of physical activity produces endorphins, natural painkillers, and increase your overall mood. In turn, exercise will improve your ability to sleep and overall will help reduce your stress. Personally, when I’m super stressed or in the wrong mindset, I love to go to the gym, turn my music up all the way, and get in a good sweat. After I finish a good workout, my head is clear and I’m ready to take on the challenges that I face. I encourage you to give it a try. Even if you hate the gym, go for a walk, play some racquetball with your friends at the Intramural Building, or go to one of the fitness classes that are complimentary for students.

Time Management & Planning

One of the most important things to do in order to manage your stress and be productive is to manage your time and use it wisely. Using resources such as a planner, google and outlook calendars (or even the Apple calendar that is preinstalled on your iPhone) are all great tools to help with planning your time and being productive.

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