Yes, dead week is sneaking up on us here at Cal Poly and it is nothing to underestimate. Just because it is called “dead week” doesn’t mean that the week is “dead”. So prepare for dead week (yes, I’m saying prepare for preparation week before finals) with these quick and easy stress relieving solutions (along with some really cute pictures of cats)!
Nap: Take a nap, but don’t nap longer than 20-30 minutes. Experts say that sleeping past the 30-minute mark can cause “sleep drunkenness”. To read more about the art of napping, see Newsweek’s article on Seven Secrets to a Great Nap.
Exercise: Don’t overdo it, but jogging, running, lifting, yoga, Pilates, and many other forms of working out can relieve the stress that you have. Exerting energy on something other than your studies can give your mind the break that it needs. In a sense, it’s a lot like recharging your brain batteries! See what the Mayo Clinic recommends.
Eat healthy: Nothing makes you feel worse than 3 bowls of ice cream, blue-box Mac ‘n cheese, and a 6-pack of Cokes. Sure, you feel good while you’re in taking all the sugar and you’re bouncing off the walls, but in the long run you feel worse and more stressed. It’s proven that keeping a healthy diet but substituting those candies for carrots and that Twinkie for a tomato is one of the best things you can do to increase your chances of an ‘A’.
Meditative breathing: The other day I was anxious and so I opened up one of those Dove chocolates wrapped in tin foil (yes, after I just preached about eating healthy… I know.) and it had writing in it just like a fortune cookie. The wrapper said “Just take 5 deep breaths.” So I did. It was then that I realized that I couldn’t. I was so used to holding my breath in anticipation for…I don’t even know what that I forgot to breathe.
So take time out of your day to breathe. I guarantee you will feel exponentially more in control of not just your body, but your anxiety.
Kitty Cats: Ok, so I can’t prove that cats can keep us students relieved of stress, but come take part in seeing if it DOES help! The Kennedy Library’s Atrium will be hosting soft furry bundles of joy (aka: cats) for the day during dead week next week…keep reading for more details, or check out the Kennedy Library’s Facebook for details to come!