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Keep calm and study for finals

As a yoga instructor at the University of Missouri Recreation Complex, my job is to relax other people. However, even that job can be stressful on occasion. As the school year is winding down, many students feel the stresses of final tests and projects looming over their heads like a dark cloud. Stress can weaken one’s immune system and damage one’s overall well being. We can’t always control our stress, but we can definitely try to manage it. Here are a few tips for the final month of school:

  • Create a productive study environment without television or loud distractions
  • Use your resources. Take advantage of your professor’s office hours and study groups.
  • Breathe. Try taking a beginner’s yoga class or simply take 15-20 minutes out of your busy day to sit or lay down in silence and concentrate only on your breathing.
  • Exercise regularly and move activities outside if it is nice
  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals
  • Try to avoid caffeine
  • Get enough sleep so your body can recover from the day’s events
  • Know your priorities and focus on accomplishing one thing at a time. Make a to-do list so that you may feel encouragement after crossing off a completed task
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Laugh often

As a college student, stress is an unavoidable aspect of our daily lives, especially during finals. Although we cannot control stress or make it vanish completely, there are ways to manage how we feel. Experimenting with just a few of these tips can make a positive difference.

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