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10 Self-Care Tips for Finals Week

  1. Ensure you get at least eight hours of sleep or else you will burn out. Prioritize your mental and physical health over your studies, and remember that if you lose sleep, you lose your ability to focus and remember information.  
  2. Make a schedule. By planning out your days and studies, you ensure that you are prepared and not procrastinating. This will help your stress levels, as you can write down the deadlines and what you must complete each day to stay on task. 
  3. Go outside. Go for a walk or a run. Make sure you are not isolating yourself inside, and take a break to get fresh air to clear your mind and rejuvenate yourself. 
  4. Put down your phone. Set time limits to ensure you don’t distract yourself while studying. Getting distracted is easy, so setting time limits helps your concentration and motivation. 
  5. Take time for yourself to be with your friends and family. Your mind deserves a break and needs a good headspace while studying. 
  6. Find support from a teacher, parent, or school counselor. Having a support system is crucial in a high schooler’s life. Balancing a social and academic life is hard; everyone needs a trusted person for advice and guidance. 
  7. Practice mindfulness and meditation to focus your attention and eliminate stressful thoughts crowding your mind, to help your mental health. 
  8. Eat well. Staying healthy and eating well to enhance mood are essential during finals week. Evidence suggests that the gut and mind are connected, so take care of both by eating balanced meals.
  9. Set daily goals. Make specific and attainable goals daily to feel accomplished and on task! 
  10. Find a good study spot or comfortable environment where you can work best. Try going to a few different places to change scenery and eliminate distractions.
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Alexis Gavin, Opinion Editor
Alexis Gavin is a senior at de Toledo. She has been writing for The Prowler for four years, and is excited to continue writing about current events and school life.

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    Ellen HowardJan 4, 2024 at 1:27 pm

    Alexis,
    These were great tips. I hope you followed your advice and practiced self-care. Thank you for sharing these.

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