Staying well during finals

We’ve made it through another (or your first!) semester at Barnard, and you know what that means: time to buckle down for that race to the finals finish line. I know that doing well in classes is important to people, myself included, but the pressure and stress present during this time of the year can be super overwhelming. With that in mind, here are some things I do when I want to calm down, take a break, or just do something other than study for a little bit:

  1. Split work up into more manageable chunks using a Pomodoro timer. The Pomodoro Technique is all about taking short breaks after working hard for a little bit. It’s a good reminder to take some time for yourself so you don’t get too burnt out. Learn more here!
  2. Browse some feminist meme accounts (especially when Columbia buy/sell/memes is failing you for any number of reasons). Here are some accounts I follow!
  3. Do some breathing exercises, whether you’re trying to calm down or just want to center yourself and relax. Here are a few good ones.
  4. Play LittleAlchemy and make lots of things out of other things! (It’s very soothing.)
  5. Bundle up and take a short little walk in the park. It’s a great way to wake up, get some fresh air, and stretch your legs a little bit. Added bonus: invite a friend or friends and talk to each other about something other than school while you walk!
  6. Know about the resources available to you. This can be a stressful and overwhelming time for a number of reasons, and feeling alone in this can be isolating. Remember that there are people here to listen and help you out! To name a few, there’s Furman (available for individual counseling by appointment as well as weekly drop-in hours), Well-Woman (that’s us! We have tea, chocolate, comfy couches, and more!), Nightline (student-run peer-listening service available from 10pm-3am nightly), and your RA — and there’s so much more on and off campus.

Stay well these next few weeks, and remember to take care of yourself! Your health and well-being are paramount, and you all have so many qualities about you that are more important than test scores.


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