With exams beginning this week, stress levels are rising to an all time high. While it is a well-known fact that stress is harmful to your overall well-being, many people often do not know how to cope with it. During this time of year avoiding stress is nearly impossible, but there are easy ways to reduce its negative impacts.
When managing stress, exercise plays a key role. Staying active daily is not only good for your body, but it causes the release of endorphins. Endorphins are essentially your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters. Take a study break and squeeze in 30 minutes or an hour of exercise. It can help clear your mind and let go of the tension that your body builds throughout the day. Making room in your hectic schedule to exercise may not be easy but it is definitely worth it.
I am sure that we have all fell victim to the evil known as procrastination at least once, but time management can help a great deal in preventing stress. Some people like to make lists or write everything down on a calendar to stay organized and allot their time efficiently. While this sounds nice, in reality, it does not always work out the way you want it to. However, beginning that final paper a few days before the due date or not cramming for that chemistry final can certainly reduce your stress levels during exam time.
Talking about your problems, in moderation, to your family or close friends can provide the advice or reassurance that you may need during this time. Having a strong support system is important in coping with stress because it gives you the comfort of knowing that people are there for you when you need them. If the stress of finals becomes too much to bear, or you just need someone to talk to, counselors UNC-Chapel Hill’s Counseling and Wellness Services are always there to listen.