10 Ways to Self-Care During Finals Week

It’s been a long semester. You’ve typed, presented, performed, debated, memed, and procrastinated your way to this moment; I am so proud of you. I’ve compiled a few tips for y’all below to help keep up with your emotional, mental, and spiritual health while juggling final exam schedules.

1. Write a master list!

I often find myself feeling overwhelmed at the mere prospect of multiple approaching deadlines. To deal with this overwhelmedness, at least in part, I made a fancy list of all of my upcoming responsibilities: deadlines, meeting times, emails, dinners and lunches I have arranged, etcetera. Seeing all of it (I mean all of it) on a single sheet of paper made me feel a bit better; I recommend y’all do the same!

2. Check in with yourself!

Your health is too important to fall into the ingenuine, how-are-you-good-how-are-you trap. It’s irresponsible to go about your day without once asking yourself how you are really doing. Grab a journal or a spot in your Notes app and jot down at the beginning and end of the day how you are feeling in that particular moment; You’ll be surprised at what you might find!

3. Don’t skip out on your CAPS appointments. (If you can help it!)

Exposed! If you can help it, don’t send that email to your CAPS counselor forfeiting your precious weekly session for more study time. Do your brain a favor and keep up with the process of getting to know it and love it better, there are plenty late-night study hours in McCabe to make up for lost study time.

4. Don’t forget to eat!

During finals week, make it a goal to swipe into Sharples at least once a day. If you’re on an off-campus plan, locate any Swattie to do that swipe for you (take advantage of a campus meal surplus). In addition, make sure to use your leftover meals at Essie’s to stock up on granola bars, oatmeal, yogurt, and other to-go food that will keep you going during the day and night.

5. Don’t forget to drink water!

I cannot understate the importance of w a t e r. Especially finals time, your body needs extra fluids to keep you toxin-free, Swat-plague free, and awake. Drink and refill your reusable water bottle at least twice a day; your grades and body will thank you.

6. Don’t forget to sleep!

Ok, Swatties, I know y’all are professional all-nighters. I get it. But, sleep deprivation is a slippery, slippery slope. As hours of sleep go down (this is for my econ scholars out there) grades typically do, too. Limit procrastination during the day and your body will literally thank you later.

7. Just say no.

It’s ok to say no to additional commitments. Smash that “can’t attend” button to take time for yourself, your relationships, and your finals.

8. Reflect on gratitude and accomplishments nightly!

Before you go to sleep, write down or name aloud three things you are grateful for from that day. After that, name three things you are proud of yourself for accomplishing that day! Little things count, too.

9. Cleanliness is next to ~godliness~

Clean your room. Do your laundry. Take a shower. Organize your backpack. Declutter your desk. You’ll feel productive and maybe even a bit more pure. ;)

10. Think of your future, twin self!

Take a moment to close your eyes and picture your future, twin self. One, five, or ten years from now, imagine what the best version of yourself looks like. How do they feel? How do they make others feel? Are your upcoming finals still on their mind?

Your future self is you, will be you, has always been you. Stop procrastinating and worrying too much; the study time you put in now will pay off before you know it. Go work, go live, go thrive! You will get through finals week and you will be amazing.

PS: You already are!