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Relaxing for finals

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  1. It’s that time of the year. when we’re piled under work. We’re struggling one coffee at a time. Finals can be a drag, but it may also be the last time you see your friends for the next few months. It’s important to keep your priorities in order so that you can maximize what title free time you have. Here are some tips for getting through finals.

Breakfast
Start your day right with lots of fruits, vegetables, and protein. Haul yourself out of bed early to make sure you eat the most important meal of the day. Your body will thank you when it’s not starving in the library at two in the afternoon. Stop by the dining hall for some eggs. Consider skipping the bacon for more nutritional food like bananas, peppers, or yogurt. If you have access to blender, get into the habit of making smoothies the night before so that you can maximize your time.

Study in bursts
Our minds can only focus for so long before they start to wander, so plan for short breaks. Bring a fun book or a card game and rest your brain every twenty or thirty minutes. Netflix could work as well but it’s very tempting to marathon shows when you’re stressed. Save TV for the evening.

Plan Plan Plan
Get a planner and schedule your tests and study sessions. If possible set a eight o’clock rule. Work out a schedule so that you are never working before eight in the morning or after eight at night. This may sound extreme but your body needs time to rest and recover. You probably won’t be concentrating as well at night anyway.

Clear your mind every morning
Lay in bed an extra five minutes before you wake up and try to put all stress out of your mind. Think of simple things like trees, friendship, and your favorite TV show. Listen to the birds or the rain and remember that the world is kind of a cool place. This will put you in the right headspace for the rest of the day.

Treat yourself
I’m not saying eat a whole tray of cookies, but this is a stressful time and cookies are good, so if you want a cookie, have a cookie. One cookie will not change your life, but it’ll make that moment a little sweeter. Use what little time you have in the evening to take care of yourself. Put on a facemask, paint your nails, listen to music, or call your best friend. Do one thing for yourself each day.
Take a study break
Plan a picnic with your friends or hang around and shoot the breeze for an hour. Drink tea and create a few more memories. Finals are important, but so our the relationships you build. Don’t isolate yourself during finals, draw strength from your friends.

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Katie Gibson is the lifestyle editor for the Albany Student Press. She is also a DJ for WCDB.

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