Dead week. Probably the most anticipated week of the fall semester. Well, maybe just after homecoming week. But it often leaves students
feeling a little more ‘dead’ than refreshed and ready to go for finals.
Below I’ve shared a list of four things that help me relax and
stay less stressed during dead week and finals.
The first thing I do when I procrastinate is clean. Those of
you that know me personally, know that cleaning is far from my favorite thing to
do. Next, I get cozy in bed or on the couch with my phone or computer and
search everything possible. After scrolling through my Facebook, Instagram and
Twitter feeds 15 times, I might be able to convince myself to study.
I can be
extremely focused and motivated, but I still feel the need to see what funny
video I got tagged in on Facebook. Lucky for me, there apps to
help stop those distractions for the time being. The one I use on my Mac is
SelfControl but if you google ‘free distraction blocking apps’ there will be
options for your computer, tablet, cell phone and other electronic devices. You
simply download the app, add the sites you need to avoid, select an amount of
time they need to be blocked for and go on your way.
Make a schedule.
Once you have figured out the lowest grade you can get on
the final and still get your desired grade in the class, make a studying
schedule. I’ll take each class and put what section(s) I am going to study on a
specific day. I’ve never been one to schedule studying by time, so this way
works best for me. I give myself incentives along the way that make studying worthwhile.
Once I have completed X, Y and Z then I treat myself to a Netflix show or a nap.
Set up your study space.
Some people prefer to study in public places such as the
library, Starbucks, the Union, Panera or any other location with tables and
free Wi-Fi. My personal favorite is in the comfort of my own home. I’ve read
several articles that say you should only sleep in your bedroom, but that’s
also where my desk is. As long as I don’t study while sitting on my bed, I
generally stay focused and get things done. I keep snacks, a drink and anything
else I might need in close reach. This also helps with my focus so I am not
thinking about where things are if I need them.
Sometimes I use essential oils and
essential oil candles when I am feeling stressed or need to relax. These are
awesome to have while studying because they help you relax and can help reduce
stress. One of my favorites is the stress relief candle from Bath & Body
Works which is a Eucalyptus Spearmint scent. Lavender, cedarwood, and peppermint
are all oils I like to diffuse during this time as well. Google is your friend
if you are interested in learning more about which oils to use.
Thank you, Parks and Rec for this wonderful episode and
catchy phrase. For those of you who aren’t sure what I’m talking about, let me
explain. Donna, Tom and Ben (three characters from NBC’s Parks and Recreation) spend a day treating themselves to things such as
clothes, fragrances, massages, mimosas, fine leather goods and maybe even a Batman
This goes without saying, but YOU should also treat yourself. Here are some things I
do to treat myself: get my nails done, get a pedicure, buy a new outfit,
buy a nice steak for dinner, and get a massage.
Remember: If you don’t treat yo self, you cheat yo self.
As you plow through dead week and survive finals, remember
these helpful tips.
Good luck, Boilers!