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How to Reduce Stress During Finals Week

The only thing standing between you and that Bachelor’s degree is stress. Don’t let it bring you down during finals week. Follow these tips to help you keep calm, pass all your finals.

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Begin Studying a Couple weeks Before Finals

Begin Studying a Couple weeks Before Finals

Trying to cram a textbook’s worth of information during finals week is the number one cause of stress for college students in Utah. Starting your study sessions a few weeks before finals not only reduces stress, but also helps you retain information better.

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Limit Your Caffeine Intake

Limit Your Caffeine Intake

Too much of this stimulant can keep you awake and increase your stress levels. Try replacing a cup or two of coffee or soda with water to keep your brain hydrated and your mind alert during study session.

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Eat Healthy and Exercise

Eat Healthy and Exercise

Chowing down on fast food in front of a television can make you feel lethargic and add to your stress. Eating foods rich in antioxidantswill support a healthy, focused mind. Exercise produces endorphins, which are natural stress reducers.

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Get Enough Sleep

Get Enough Sleep

A good night’s rest is important for a healthy immune system. If you fail to get enough sleep, you could risk getting sick during finals week—which would triple your stress intake.

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Take Plenty of Breaks

Take Plenty of Breaks

Study for one hourand then take a 10 to 15 minute break. Taking regular breaks will help reduce feelings of being overwhelmed and will refresh the mind. If you’re at your Utah college, take a quick jog around campus, and then get back to studying.

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Steer Clear of People That Stress You Out

Steer Clear of People That Stress You Out

If you’re constantly around stressed out friends or roommates, you might catch the bug. Try to place yourself in calm environments with calm people. If your roommates are struggling with stress, work on these tips together.

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Say No to Distractions

Say No to Distractions

If stress is enemy number one, then distractions are enemy number two. TV, friends and wild college parties can distract you from necessary studying, forcing you to cram the week of finals and rocketing stress to atmospheric levels.

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Stay Positive

Stay Positive

If you’ve studied hard and know your math like you know your shoe brands or video games, then you’re ready. All that’s left to do is to keep telling yourself that. You’re ready to graduate from a Utah college.

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