Reducing Stress: Hit the Books with Confidence

November 28, 2016

General, Tips, Wellness

Flipping out about finals?


The last couple weeks of the semester can be a stressful time for students. Getting in those last papers, presentations, and taking exams can make you feel stressed and sometimes unmotivated. Here are several things you can do to reduce your stress and make you feel confident during finals week.screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-11-51-14-am

Exercise: Exercise is proven to reduce stress and improve mood. Try to get at least 30 minutes of daily exercise during finals week. If you feel like you do not have enough time, try working out in your dorm or apartment. Anything helps!

Drink plenty of water: Take a break from caffeine and sugary drinks and substitute them with water. Keeping your body hydrated is important for energy levels and functionality.

Take time to focus on yourself: Self help is one of the most important things when it comes to reducing stress. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take time to focus on breathing techniques or stretching for five minutes. VCU Counseling Services is also available for students if stress becomes unmanageable.

Power Stance: Believe it or not, the way you stand makes a difference on your mood and confidence. Make yourself BIG. Instead of standing with your arms crossed, try standing in the “Superman pose” with both hands on your hips. Before the big test, stand in your power stance for 30 seconds for a confidence boost!


Sleep: All nighters are dangerous. Getting enough rest is always better than staying up all night before an exam. Take care of yourself and get the rest your body deserves.

Get ahead: Deadlines are closer than they seem. Plan your weeks out, giving yourself plenty of time for studying, exercise, and rest. screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-10-55-22-am

Finals week is always a stressful time of the year, but incorporating these tips into your schedule will lead you to success! Take care of yourself and keep your eye on the prize: accomplishment. We’re rooting for you.

Go Rams!

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