CWRU | First Year

Five helpful tips to de-stress from finals

Learn to keep yourself healthy during finals week. We have five helpful tips for you to help de-stress from finals.

  1. Exercise. Short exercise breaks can help relieve stress while allowing you to socialize and burn off any extra sugary calories. One-to-One Fitness is offering CWRU ID holders FREE access Thursday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 20. A valid CWRU ID is required for access to the facility. Also sign up for a free five-minute massage!

  2. Get adequate rest before and after finals. Make sure that you are getting the right amount of sleep. That means getting at least eight hours of sleep the night before and after your final exam. Sleep before an exam is crucial. Your mind responds quicker and better when it’s well rested, so it’s worth putting down the pens and turning in early.

  3. Eat nutritious meals and snacks. Eating nutritious foods will energize you and increase your concentration and retention. If you’re choosing snacks from your kitchen or the dining hall, fruits and vegetables are best; they have the required vitamins and nutrients to prevent sickness and give you energy. Simply maintaining a healthy diet is an easy way to help manage stress and get good grades during your finals.

  4. Stay hydrated. Your brain works best when it’s hydrated. Dehydration causes fatigue and headaches, which will distract you from your work. Caffeine dehydrates you more, so for every coffee you have, have a glass or bottle of water; your body and mind will thank you.

  5. Take breaks. Studying non-stop is actually not helpful. After a long period of studying, your concentration will be broken, and the material that you are trying to learn will not be retained well. Studies show in order to really grasp information the brain needs time to absorb what it has learned. You should use short breaks to exercise, eat a healthy meal, rest, socialize, catch your favorite TV program, enjoy the great outdoors, or do some other activity that takes your mind off the study material.