Finals week increases the stress for all students

As finals approach Claire Fisher’22 crams for her multiple tests. She is stressed but excited for the end of the year to come.

As finals approach Claire Fisher’22 crams for her multiple tests. She is stressed but excited for the end of the year to come.

Shira Zeiberg '22

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As finals approach, students lose sight of how to keep themselves healthy in the time of stress, as we often find ourselves staying up all night and skipping meals. We need to make sure we are putting our mental health before our grades because one will not thrive without the other. Students need a reminder to put down the books and kick up your feet and relax.

When you find yourself glued to your desk, maybe grab a friend and go to the local beach. Take some time to go for a walk and change your scenery. This will not only give you a break from the stress, but will help you study later. The beach is a great place to go to a lounge area and sit and talk while looking at the view, not a computer screen. This may seem small, but it will have a huge impact of your mental health.

Nature has not only proven to be a stress reliever, but also it has proven to make the brain function in a better and healthier way. As students, we can use all of the brainpower, vitamins, and relaxation that we can get.

While studying, don’t forget to eat. During this time of stress, it is vital we keep a healthy diet.

“Eating a healthy diet can reduce the negative effects of stress on your body,” said Matthew J. Kuchan, Ph.D., a senior research scientist said. Go to a local restaurant and order something you enjoy. Healthy foods lead to a healthy mindset, which can help your studying habits.

Lastly, consider taking a swim. Even showering or taking a bath can help. If you find yourself losing focus, go to the town pool and cool off.

Physical activity such as swimming stimulates the brain to release neurochemicals that make the body feel good, reducing stress. When swimming, the added effect of water moving over the body creates a massaging sensation, promoting relaxation.

Finals week can get extremely overwhelming as the year comes to an end so remember to take care of yourself. Good luck on your finals!

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