10 Ways to Relax While Studying for Finals


Abigail Kedl, Staff Writer

The end of the school year is quickly approaching, which means finals are coming! Studying for finals can be very stressful which is why it is important to relax. Here are some of the best ways to do so.

  1. Take a deep breath. Deeps breaths help reduce tension and stress due to the extra oxygen. This has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
  2. Eat a healthy snack. Oftentimes, people have the tendency to stress-eat, however eating while stressed does not always have to be bad. Find a quiet spot away from your study materials and eat a healthy snack that you can enjoy. It will help take your mind off of finals while you enjoy your snack.
  3. Put down your phone. Cell phone usage is not only distracting while studying but can create more stress. Put your phone in a different room while you study and check it every once in a while when you take study breaks.
  4. Play music. Music has been proven to help people focus and relax. Any music that you like can help reduce stress by releasing stress hormones as long as you do not play it too loudly.
  5. Chew gum. Chewing gum helps to improve multitasking abilities and reduce stress and anxiety. It also helps to improve overall performance during different tasks.
  6. Study with friends. As long as your friends do not distract you, they can be very useful while studying. You can use a study group to help you stay focused and reduce stress.
  7. Go for a walk. Take a break from studying for a little while and go for a walk. Walking helps put your body into a meditative state that relaxes you. It also releases mood-boosting endorphins.
  8. Organize your study materials. Disorganization can be a leading cause of stress, especially while studying. Take a minute to organize all of your study materials to make your studying easier and less stressful.
  9. Get enough sleep. Before your finals, you should get enough sleep because lack of sleep could cause you to become more stressed. When you are tired it makes it more difficult to deal with stressful situations, such as finals.
  10. Get up and stretch. While studying, stand up and stretch for a little while. Stretching helps to relieve tension in your muscles which will calm you down, especially if you have been in the same spot studying for a while.

By following some of these simple tricks, you will be able to relax so you can focus on your studies. Happy studying and good luck!