Finals week is rough. We all know it. We all dread it. We’re all wishing we were on a beach somewhere with an iced tea + a good book. But, we’re almost there! Just got to get through a week of studying//finishing up classes + we’re golden.
Let’s face it, though. Stress is probably comin’ our way faster than we’d like it to + it’s up to us to not let the stress hit us too hard! There are plenty of ways to relax + take that *me* time before finals come rolling in — Penn State’s ahead of the game each year by planning a SPA Week, filled with free yoga classes, coffee, massages, + even a Puppy Hour where students can play with puppies from the local animal shelter! Talk about a stress-reliever ; )
But — what about taking a break during finals? This is the time when you are busier than ever + your body is running on empty [lack of sleep, too much caffeine, stress eating, fried brain… etc]. You owe it to yourself to take a one-hour break every day this week — yup, every day. This one-hour will help you de-stress + #OWNFINALS, trust us. So, click the *pause* button + try one of these one-hour activities!
No matter how much of a professional yogi you might be, yoga is forever a stress-reliever. It allows your body to slowly stretch out all of its soreness + releases lactic acid, which tenses up the muscles, + takes you through breathing exercises to slow down your heart rate//blood pressure. Check to see if your school offers any yoga classes on campus or even search for a video online [here’s one of our favorites!] to practice at home with another CHAARG girl!
GET A MANICURE OR PEDICURE
It took me so, so, SO long to figure out how to give myself a nice manicure [shoutout to Leigh for teaching me!], but it’s one of the best ways to relax + focus on myself for a little while. Here’s how to give yourself a *salon-worthy* manicure in 7 steps! Even if you’re not that great at it yourself, take a mini spa day + go to a salon to get it done! When you look good, you feel good : )
GET A MASSAGE
Have a great friend or a spa close to campus? Then you’re set! I’ll be honest — I used to be really skeptical about the benefits of massages. I got one for my birthday this past summer while on vacation, though, + my mind is forever changed. I’m normally someone who’s mind is running a mile a minute + it’s a rarity for me to slow it down most of the time. Having someone get rid of all of the stress knots [no idea I even had them : o] + just let me be for an hour out of the day cleared my mind of all of my worries.
GO FOR A LONG RUN
This will forever be my go-to stress reliever. Even if you wouldn’t consider yourself a runner, taking a long run — whether that’s 2 miles or 13.1 miles — lets you sweat out all of your troubles + your mind focus only on one thing: finishing. Run as slowly or a quickly as you’d like, but make yourself make time for YOU + your running legs. That’s what’s important here.
HAVE A COFFEE DATE
Whether it’s a Table-For-One or a Table-For-Two, having a warm cup o’ coffee always sets my mind at ease when I’m feeling stressed. Grab a friend + head to a café for a little while even if it’s just to talk about anything other than what’s stressing you out. Giving your mind the break it so badly wants will allow you to #OWNFINALS.
+ Amber [@amber.inchaarg], Penn State CHAARG