Surviving end-of-semester stress

Anisa Saigo | Staff Writer

The end is almost here—that is, the end of the school year! This period is an extremely stressful time for some college students as they buckle down for the last few weeks of the semester. Going through seasonal depression is completely real and can take a toll on how you deal with personal life and school. There are many methods to cope with the overwhelming feeling of stress, such as spending quality time with family and friends, binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix and eating your favorite snacks.

“I just try to do other things to get my mind off of [the stress],” junior Desiah Davis said “So, I go out with friends or watch a movie or shop. I don’t know the best way to cope but I do it with things that make [me] comfortable.”

Wondering if that internship will finally happen, if a summer job is secured or worrying about your future in general is what comes with end-of-the-school-year stress. You can make sure you don’t get stressed to the point it affects your health just by following simple steps that can improve not just “end-of-the-school-year” stress, but stress overall.

First of all, it’s OK to take breaks. It is extremely important to step away from things that are stressful and can impact your attitude and ability to complete what you initially have to do.

It’s also important to take care of yourself. Although being stressed is a part of life, it is important that you remain mentally, physically and emotionally healthy. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep. You will be surprised at the amount of stress you can release just by sleeping! Take yourself out for lunch or dinner. You can even do some shopping.

Last, but not least, seek support. There are many people who do not mind hearing you vent regarding the stressful situations you may be experiencing. Don’t be scared to let a parent, mentor or close friend know you are feeling down. They could be the best ones to help you overcome your stress, but they won’t know how to help you unless you speak up.

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