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Opinion: top ways to de-stress during finals week

Finals week can be a very stressful time for college students with constant studying and anxiously awaiting test scores.  It is nice to just stop and focus on something else for a while.  Let’s take a look at some ways to melt those troubles away.

  1. Meditate

Meditation is a practice used by many to focus their attention.  The practice can be done through many different techniques including; quiet sitting, walking, yoga, etc.  Meditation is proven to reduce stress, increase relaxation, improve emotional positivity, and so much more.  If you are wondering where to get started look no further.  You can download apps such as Calm and Headspace to get an introduction into the world of mediation.  You could also search up beginners meditation on YouTube to find some videos to get you started.

2. Exercise

Exercising is a great way to clear one’s mind.  Exercising is great for physical health, but it is also very important for mental health.  Whether it’s fifteen minutes or two hours, exercising can be that stress reliever that you are looking for. It also can be a nice distraction while awaiting test scores.

3. Watch a Movie/TV

Watching a show or a movie can be a great stress reducer.  Netflix has a variety of shows and movies to keep one interested for days.  The Adam Project, a sci-fi film starring Ryan Reynolds, was recently released on Netflix.  Another film that was just released by that same streaming service is The Bubble.  It is a comedy dealing with the aspects of filming a movie during the pandemic.  Bridgerton, Ozark, The Crown, and Outer Banks are a few of the popular shows on Netflix right now.  There is also Disney+ which has recently come out with the Marvel show Moon Knight and a new version of the movie Cheaper by the DozenThe Northman, a highly anticipated film, is being released in theaters on April 22.  Another film being released on that day is The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.  The action comedy stars Nicholas Cage, as a fictional version of himself, and Pedro Pascal, as a wealthy Nick Cage super fan who pays the star to hangout with him for his birthday.

4. Art/Photography

Drawing and painting have been proving to alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression.  It is also said improve communication and boost confidence.  Creative activities can be a fun and exciting way to express yourself.  Photography and different forms of art will also get you out into nature.  You can share your work or keep it to yourself.  Just do the very best you can and have fun with it.

5. Reading

Reading can always be a nice calming activity.  There are novels for just about anything that you could be into.  People who regularly read are shown to have increased mental capacity.  Reading is also said to increase your vocabulary, improve writing skills, and improve memory.  Maybe it’s time to take a trip to Barnes and Noble to get some new reading material.

6. Listening to Music

Music has the ability to affect your mood.  Happy and upbeat songs can pick you up when you are feeling down.  A slower tempo is said to be relaxing to the mind and muscles.  It can be a great way to pick up your spirits or celebrate after you ace all of your finals or to relax after a long day of studying.