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A Short Survival Guide for Finals Week

You might have clicked on this blog post because you’re avoiding the massive pile of books and study guide you need to start on. You might just be wearing 3-day old yoga pants and 4-day old unwashed hair. You have an essay due tomorrow that you are just starting and your wifi is not cooperating. Yup, you’re experiencing finals.

Now if you’re not pulling your hair out by now, more power to you. You are a star in my book. But if you’re exasperated beyond reason, then take a dive into some of the ways I handle finals week.

  1. Nourish your body with nutrients (not junk).

My favorite food is greek yogurt. I eat, live, and breathe for it. I mix it with nuts, dried fruit, and flaxseeds. It’s super yummy, high in protein (which will keep you full for a while) and a good source of calcium.

I also munch on pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries. The pumpkin seeds are a good source of your fiber and protein, and they also have the chemical, trypotophan, that makes you sleepy! Sunflower seeds have lots of vitamin E (clear skin) and cranberries are a powerful source of antioxidants.

When you eat good, you feel good (and give you more energy to study.)

2.   Do a good deed.

There’s nothing better than doing something thoughtful for another person as a random act of kindness. For Sunday School, we had to place a “good deed” envelope in the Offering basket at church with a good deed written on the back. Most the time my answers would read, “This week I was nice to my sister” (although that might not have been entirely true), but you get the idea.

Do something nice for a friend, acquaintance, or even stranger. It can be anywhere from buying their drink at Starbucks or smiling at the person walking past you.

It will lift your mood, relieve stress, and probably make that other person’s day.

3.   Talk on the phone with someone.

I can’t remember where I heard this piece of advice, but I remember it stuck with me. Being in college means you might be living with roommates. But between work and school, who knows how often they’re actually home? You might be away from your family or friends, and everyone all of a sudden seems too busy to hangout.

When was the last time you talked on the phone with someone just to catch up (besides your mom)? Phone calls seem to be a lost art these days with texting, Snap Chat, social media, and so forth. But think about it: how meaningful are these connections you share via these platforms? And now another question: how does it feel to receive a phone call from a friend you weren’t expecting to call?

Taking a mental break relieves anxiety and stress. Talking with others helps us humans cope with our situations and handle issues in a more positive way.

Let me know if you tried any of these tips and if they work for you. And may the odds be ever in your favor during finals (3 finger salute).

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