End of Semester Essentials

Tips to relieve end of semester stress


The end of a semester is stressful whether you are a sophomore, junior, college kid, or teacher. There’s always something to do and not enough time to do it. However, there are many ways to relieve that stress, and some are more simple than others.

  • Get a planner. While it can be at first overwhelming to see all that you have to do, planners can help you keep track of time and projects.
  • Get the work done. Many times stress is self-inflicted as people forget or don’t do their work. It’s simple. “Don’t procrastinate,” says junior Shannon Lynch.
  • Eat healthy. While it’s nice to try to drown your sorrows in donuts and chips, it will make you feel worse in the long run. “It’ll make you feel good inside and mentally, so eat a salad,” said SBO Bryson Mumford.
  • Sleep. Make sure you’re awake and ready to go for your next day. Take a nap every once in awhile, but make sure to limit your time. Caffeine can be a good pick-me-up, but sleep is what will do it for you.
  • Wear nice clothes. Hoodies and sweats will make you feel comfortable for the whole day, but will bog your mind and make your brain slow down as it relaxes. Wearing nice clothes can stimulate your brain and help you focus.
  • Physical activity. It may seem like a horrible idea to anyone considering it, but physical activity does help you focus. Going on a walk or doing something aerobic can make someone feel extremely focused and energetic after the activity.
  • Keep school supplies. It’s never a pleasant feeling to go to a class and realize you don’t have a pencil or paper. “It’s another little thing you have to worry about,” said Mumford.
  • Plan. Once this semester ends, the school year isn’t over. You have to mentally and physically prepare for the next semester. Make sure you’ve got all of your supplies and homework prepared.
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