Whether you’re a bright-eyed freshman or a seasoned senior, the reality is that finals week is hard. After four busy months of nonstop assignments, tests, projects, group meetings, and class sessions, there’s no rest for the weary.
In fact, finals week is often the busiest and most stressful part of the entire semester. Yet in the midst of competing responsibilities and overworked brains, it can be difficult to practice self-care.
That being said, taking just a few minutes every couple of hours to recenter and ground yourself, eat a healthy snack, or take a walk around the block can actually ease your stress and make the process easier.
Keep reading to learn about signs of stress to look for in yourself and your friends, as well as how to handle stress, practice self-care, and where to find help and support along the way.
5 Signs of Stress in College Students
10 Tips for Handling Stress and Relaxing During Finals
Resources for Finals Week
Here are some other resources, businesses, and apps that you can utilize to help you destress and take care of yourself this semester when those finals hit.
The American Institute of Stress
AIS provides a College Student’s guide to stress that offers actionable ideas and tips for avoiding too much stress.
Recognizing the pressure finals week puts on students, some universities have started providing a series of events and resources to lessen the burden. Check out the University of Houston to see what to look for.
Therapy Dogs Help Students Decompress During Finals
In recent years, some schools have started providing therapy dogs during finals to cheer up students and reduce stress. If yours doesn’t already, ask if this is something they can implement.
A Look at the Psychological Impacts of Stress During Finals Week
This article shared by Pennsylvania State University looks at some of the issues students can face around stress and finals.
Mental Health America
This article by MHA examines why finals are so stressful and what students, faculty, and administrators alike can do to address the problem.
Available for both Android and iPhone users, the headspace app is an all-around great tool for meditations that can help you fall asleep, lower stress, and focus on gratitude. There are both free and paid options.
Final Exam Planning Tools
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides a range of tools for staying organized, including a final exam planner, prep workshop, and tips for effective stress management.
My Study Life
This free planner app works across platforms to help students stay on top of everything they need to get done during finals week and beyond. You can use it across multiple apps and operating systems for streamlined planning.