We are a very stressed society, and not all stress is created equal. A quick Google search will give you thousands of ways that you can help yourself deal with stress during finals week, and beyond. We have posted for several semesters various stress relief ideas and resources; see here for some resources in the library on meditation and yoga.
Here are FIVE ways you can work to reduce your stress–and they are pretty easy!
- Use your campus resources. At ECC, the library, Write Place, Tutoring, Wellness Services, and even your professors can help you manage the parts of writing, research, and dealing with any issues and get you started on a positive path.
- Exercise. This can be as simple as a walk or doing yoga. See this article for the benefits of physical activity. You can even walk through the connected buildings or use the track or workout facilities when you are on campus!
3. If you don’t enjoy exercising, try just watching a sporting event. Disengaging for a short period of time to watch hockey or baseball can help you refocus later, giving your brain a “rest” from the studying at hand.
4. There’s an app for that: for example, try 14 Stress Management Apps. Set reminders or mantras that will keep you focused and help with time management.
5. Eat well. The ECC Cafeteria is open during finals week from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. in case you want to grab a quick yet healthy snack. According to this APA article, “Millennials are most likely to report eating to manage stress (36 percent vs. 30 percent of Gen Xers, 25 percent of Boomers and just 10 percent of Matures).” Don’t skimp on your nutrition–try to eat a piece of fruit or choose a salad for lunch. Or do what I do–eat your salad with Doritos or something else not so great so at least you are balancing out your bad with the good.
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian