The Stress of Finals Week: Don’t Forget to Breathe! Jashandeep Bajaj December 6, 2018
Ah, it’s that time of the year again. The weather is starting to get chilly, days are becoming shorter, and Christmas is lurking around the corner. Oh, finals are here, and now stress levels are running high! As CHS students are taking the dreaded final exams, it is crucial that they can cope with the stress and anxiety that naturally comes with finals, in order to ensure that their health is not drastically impacted. Although there is no denying that late night studying may be required to prepare for rigorous exams, there’s no harm in taking breaks now and then to let the mind and body rest.
Consider setting hourly breaks for yourself ranging from 5-10 minutes and try to move around to get some blood pumping through your body. Time is definitely precious, but so is your well-being. Although this may seem counterintuitive, taking some time out to exercise could also help to relieve stress as it allows for the release of endorphins; this can help boost your energy level and clear up the mind. Exercising is not the only way to clear your mind, however, as doing something you truly enjoy for a brief period of time, such as a hobby, can also help to increase your efficiency by allowing the brain to take a break from studying. Listening to music, playing an instrument, or even having a conversation with a friend is a great way to release some built-up stress.
Most importantly, remember to breathe. Life is a journey full of experiences, with several unexpected turns, twists, and hurdles along the way. College is just the beginning of the long expedition people take on to help them reach their life goals. Take a moment to enjoy where you are right now and realize that although you are certainly working extremely hard for a better future, there is still a long road ahead. Try to live in the present for a minute, and then get back to studying because that’s important too. Finally, don’t forget to rest and rejuvenate over winter vacation!