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Feeling stressed for finals?

We have 10 ways to make you feel relaxed

January 10, 2011|By DEVON JACOBS, COURTNEY BRADFORD, SUZANNAH WYATT | Pulse correspondents
  • Make sure to have a good breakfast the day of the big test. It'll keep you energized and you'll be thinking about the right answer instead of a cheeseburger.
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It's finals time, which can be very stressful. Here are 10 tips we've found to be useful during finals week.


1. Don't cram. You'll forget anything you tried to study because you're trying to cram everything into your brain.

2. Eat a large, healthful breakfast. They say it's the most important part of the day because it gives you energy. And you aren't distracted by hunger just before lunch.

3. Study over time. It's too late now, but maybe this is a lesson to be learned for next time. It's easier to study as your class progresses. See No. 1.

4. Get sleep. A full night's rest will keep you awake to concentrate on those harder questions.

5. Wear comfy clothes. Clothing that's too tight, itches or makes you feel uncomfortable is just one more distraction you don't need.

6. Get a study buddy or group. Studying can be lonely so gather a group of friends to help you study. Quizzing each other can be fun. And maybe a friend has an easy way to recall some information he or she can share.

7. Take breaks. After a while, everything blurs together. Get up and get something to drink or grab a snack. Anything to let your mind sink in the information will help.

8. Let it out. Don't let stress build up, find some healthy way to release it — read a short story in a magazine, catch up on a few pages in the novel you've been reading, cry, scream  or listen to music. Do whatever works for you.

9. Get active. Go take a walk or play a game of hoops. Anything to get the blood pumping and get your brain to focus.

10. Relax. Stressing yourself out isn't going to help you. Take time for you.

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