Finals are coming. The end-of-semester finish line is in sight, but there’s still a massive marathon to get through.
This semester has challenged all of us in ways we never expected creating endless stress and anxiety. According to a Fall 2020 survey from the Jed Foundation, the pandemic negatively impacted the emotional health of 63% of college students. Even outside of finals week, 82% of students face anxiety, and 62% report trouble concentrating. As intense as it can be, there are ways to stay resilient and finish out strong.
Here are a few tips to make sure you finish out the semester with your mental health intact!
Have a self-care plan in place
Create a study schedule
Minimize "stress bragging"
Listen to your body
Give yourself proper nutrition
Protect your sleep
Reward yourself for achievements
Stay connected with friends
Remember this is all temporary
Finals week can seem all-consuming, but remember that you're a whole person with needs outside of a single week during the semester. Being kind to yourself can help you both academically and from a mental health perspective.