With Finals Week Finally Over, Here’s How I Prepared

By Evana Brenelus

Finals week is officially over and there were many ways for people to prepare for their exams while also being mentally relaxed. Everyone has their own techniques and self-care routines, but there is no one right way to do it.

I have been binge-watching How To Get Away With Murder, one of my favorite television shows, while preparing for finals week. Although some may find this distracting, playing some of your favorite television shows in the background while you get your work done or study can bring a sense of comfort in a stressful situation. 

Besides watching Netflix, listening to music can also be a great destresser for studying before exams. One recent album that helped me was SZA’s SOS because it consists of various genres, some with slow tempos which set the perfect study mood.

Other artists I have been listening to include The Weeknd and  his feature on Metro Boomin’s new album Heroes & Villain. Mac Miller, Tems, Willow, Steve Lacy, and Tyler, The Creator have also been on replay because many of their songs have mellow tones which can help create solace in stressful situations. 

I have been communicating with my loved ones a lot more because getting reassurance from them during taxing times can be very helpful. It keeps you well-rounded and focused on the positive instead of overthinking in the most negative ways. Speaking to them can make you realize that you do not have to be so hard on yourself, especially when you need to be in a good state of mind to finish the semester off strong. 

Skincare is a part of self-care. Although you would not necessarily be studying while doing this, it can still be calming and soothing. You are taking this time to focus on yourself after focusing on school for so long and that is important. It can be your daily routine or you trying something new like cleansing, putting on a mask, or doing some aromatherapy while steaming your face. No matter which route you take, hopefully, your mood is lifted by the end. 

As we have been told since we were little kids, how well we sleep can affect not only our physical health but also our minds. I started going to sleep a bit earlier than usual and now I feel a lot more rested and ready to take on the day. You can play music or your favorite show in the background while you fall asleep if that helps. Staying hydrated and eating healthy throughout the day can help your mental boosts as well. 

Keep in mind that these techniques can be used during any stressful moment in life, not just for finals, but these are just a few ways you can keep yourself together in time for them. Figuring out what relaxes you the most can take time through trial and error. I know some do yoga, exercise, go to the beach, or drink tea to loosen up, but you should do what feels and works best for you.

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