Finals Week

School is almost out and you know what that means, it’s almost time for finals. These upcoming days are full of stressing, studying and lots of caffeine. It’s almost impossible to keep sane during the upcoming week, but here are some free tips to help you cope with the stress.

Turn it off- We all love our phones and believe we need our apps, but we don’t. simply turn off your phone, tv or any other electronics to keep yourself focused while studying. 

 Work with a group- While you may not be able to be extremely social at this time, human interactions are still important. Try working in groups so you have someone to talk to, but can also keep studying. 

Take breaks- Nobody’s brain is programmed to work 24/7, so make sure to take the occasional break. Studies show that people that take 20 minute breaks about every hour or so are more productive in the long run.

Stay healthy- Don’t get so caught up you forget to eat. Eating healthy food and drinking plenty of water is key to staying alert and focused. 

Find your space- Make sure you know what study locations work for you and which don’t. If you know you can’t study in your apartment, move locations. Just because everyone is flocking to the library does not mean you have to, locate an area that works for you and your study habits. 

Sleep- While pulling all-nighters and trying to cram in every possible moment to study, you may be doing more harm than good. Our brains need to recharge in order to reach their full potential. Even if it’s just for a few hours, make sure to sleep every night. 

These are just a few ideas to help keep you going throughout exams week. Finals can be a stressful time, but it will be over soon. Good luck!

How To Avoid Breaking Down After Spring Break

Spring Break is almost over and soon everyone will be back on their daily routine. While the break was a nice time to rest and recover from school, you may now need to recover from your break. Many students traveled and will soon be coming back to the reality of school and work. The shift from long, relaxing days to hectic, crazy schedules is enough to drive almost anyone crazy. To try to make the transition back to school a bit easier here are some useful and practically free ideas:

Try to reset your internal clock. If you were in a different time zone then the first days back will be a little rough. Try your best to adjust back to the change and slowly get yourself back to your old routine and sleep schedule.

Drink lots of water. If you drank on vacation you will want to make sure you are hydrated. This will make everything easier. Travel can also put a lot of stress on the immune system and drinking water will help keep your body healthy.

Avoid napping. It may seem crazy, but if you keep napping it will take longer to get back on track with your daily routines. Try your best to stay awake and keep your day as normal as possible.

Share your adventure. Make sure to show those close to you photos and stories of your trip. Talking about the time you spent on vacation will help you stay out of the after vacation slump.

Learn something new. On vacation there was always something to do or focus on. At home try to pick up a hobby or find a new interest. By keeping yourself busy you will be less likely to think of how much you miss break and also pick up a new skill.

Plan your next trip. While the last trip is fresh in your memory write down what you liked about the trip and what you would change. This will help make your next vacation even better. If you know what you want to do on your next trip you will be more successful planning it. After writing out your list, start planning the next adventure! Plan where you want to go, what you want to do or see and most importantly how you plan on budgeting for it!