It’s about that time again. The school year is almost over, which means the summer is just around the corner. But before we start partying and going crazy — that also means it’s time for exams.
I know most of us, myself included, are not looking forward to these days.
It almost feels like some scary movie, but the ending depends on each of us.
I believe that in order to be successful with exams, you have to tackle one of the major problems college students face every day: stress.
At any given point in time, most college students are stressed about something; it’s just part of going to school and plain life.
While having stress in your life is normal and often unavoidable, being stressed is something you can control.
This may seem ridiculous at first, but it is listed first for a reason. When you’re feeling stressed, you feel like you’re on edge and everything is barely held together.
Don’t beat yourself up too badly about it. The best way to handle stress is to not get more stressed about being stressed.
If you’re stressed out, admit it and figure out how to handle it. Focusing on it will only make things seem worse.
Being in college means your sleep schedule is, most likely, far from ideal. Getting more sleep can help your mind refocus, recharge and rebalance.
This can mean a quick nap or a night when you go to bed early, or a promise to yourself to stick with a regular sleep schedule.
Similar to your sleep habits, your eating habits may have gone by the wayside when you started school. Your stress is psychological, but you could also be feeling physical stress, in the form of the “Freshman 15.”
Make your mama proud with what you choose for dinner tonight. Eat a few fruits, veggies, whole grains and protein.
You may think if you don’t have the time to sleep and eat properly, you definitely don’t have the time to exercise.
Fair enough, but if you’re feeling stressed, it may be that you need to squeeze it in somehow.
Exercise doesn’t necessarily have to involve a 2-hour, exhausting workout at the campus gym. It can mean a relaxing, 30-minute walk while listening to your favorite music.
For those students who actually go to class, maybe you’ve been writing an English paper for three days straight or you can’t even see what you’re writing anymore for your Chemistry lab.
You could be stressed because you’re too focused on getting things done.
Don’t forget that your brain is like a muscle, and even it needs a break every once in awhile.
The key point people must remember when dealing with stress is manage yourself.
Most people talk about managing time in order to have more of what life has to offer, but it’s only in managing ourselves that we really see a difference in our lives and are able to handle any stress life throws at us.
Manage yourself and other things will fall into place.
So when the days come to take those final exams, look each test in the eye and say “I’m not afraid of you anymore,” and you will see that the scary movie of test taking is all in your head.

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