With finals week quickly approaching and student activities beginning to dwindle on campus, the hallways are quieter than usual as students start to retreat to their favorite places on campus to finish their final projects and study for exams. Although this can be one of the most stressful times of the year for students (see “Finals Week as told by Elf”), it doesn’t have to be a source of anxiety. The following tips can help you in managing the stress associated with finals. Start by shifting your mindset – focus on your ultimate goal, visualize your achievement, and use positive affirmations.
- Prioritize assignments and exams based upon the deadline and percentage of final grade.
- Say no to extra commitments that you can’t fit into your schedule at the moment.
- Create to-do lists and be realistic about what you can accomplish in a given day.
- Practice self-care by getting at least 7 hours of sleep at night, exercising, and eating regular, nutritional meals.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help – from friends, family, or CPCC Counseling Services.
- Unplug from social media and avoid other distractions like television and video games.
- Peruse Pinterest for motivation (or a good laugh).
- Take time to relax (see healthy tips below).
Healthy Ways to Relax:
- Go for a walk
- Visit or call a good friend
- Listen to your favorite music
- Watch comedies
- Enjoy a warm cup of coffee or tea
- Play with a pet
- Get a massage
- Curl up with a good book
The Personal Counseling Assistance Program (PCAP) is a free and confidential service provided to CPCC students who are facing challenging times. The student and the Counselor work together to discover solutions for problems and create strategies for successfully meeting goals. When a student can benefit from the services of other professionals, PCAP Counselors will provide appropriate referrals.