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Ways to Handle Stress During FInals

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Stress often overwhelms and interferes with your abilities.
  1. Take a Bath- Taking a bath can be very relaxing. It gives a sense of comfort that allows your body and mind to relax. You can use epsom salt or a bath bomb and light a candle to make it even more relaxing.
  2. Take a Nap- You’re probably sleep-deprived, so getting some extra sleep could be very beneficial. Your brain processes information while you sleep, so it can actually aid in learning. According to the American Heart Association, napping can increase your alertness, allow you to deal with negative emotions better, improve your memory,  and allow your mind to be creative.  
  3. Watch a Lighthearted Movie- Watching a comforting movie can take your mind off of school and the stress that comes with it. 
  4. Study- Studying may be stressful at first, but it will prepare you for your final and give you the confidence you need to do well. Setting goals for yourself and achieving them can also improve your mood.
  5. Make a Playlist- Listening to music has a variety of mental and physical benefits. John Hopkins Medicine states, “Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory.” Listening to music while you study is a great way to prepare for finals.
  6. Eat Healthy Foods- According to Sutter Health, “An inadequate diet can lead to fatigue, impaired decision-making, and can slow down reaction time. In fact, a poor diet can actually aggravate, and may even lead to, stress and depression.” On the other hand, fueling your body and mind with a well-balanced diet can help you think more clearly and improve concentration.
  7. Spend Time With Friends- Spending time with friends can take your mind off of things that are causing anxiety. The Mayo Clinic explains that friendships can boost your happiness, reduce anxiety, and increase self-confidence. A strong base of support can provide significant help during stressful times.
  8. Exercise-  According to The Mayo Clinic, “Research on depression, anxiety and exercise shows that the mental health and physical benefits of exercise also can help mood get better and lessen anxiety.” Even just getting outside and taking a walk can clear your mind and relieve stress.
  9. Hydrate- Drinking enough water is another way to fuel your brain. In studies described by Healthline, mild dehydration can have a negative effect on memory, mood, and general brain performance. With that in mind, it’s important to keep your brain in its optimal functioning state by hydrating.

Spend time with your pet- In a survey by the American Psychiatric Association, most pet owners stated they felt that their pets reduced anxiety, provided unconditional love, and a relaxing presence, which can be very relieving during stressful times. Simply petting a dog can reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, according to John Hopkins Medicine.

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Julia Aguirre, Staff Writer

I’m Julia Aguirre, and I’m a junior here at Barlow. This is my second year writing for the Bruin Banner. Outside of school, I enjoy playing soccer and spending time with my friends and family.

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