Finals are afoot and the promise of winter break seems so sweet. If you’re thinking of doing this:


…don’t! Because NAU Career Development is here to help you. Check out our strategies for staying stress-free during finals:

Start early and plan ahead.

Unless you have a photographic memory, pulling an all-nighter before the final won’t lead to success. Create a study plan! Check out my template for planning your studying here.

Be sure to take breaks and exercise. Did you know that 20 minutes of exercise can improve memory retention and relieve stress? Take a study break, grab a friend, and exercise on Flagstaff’s Urban Trail System or stop by the HLC.

The key is to study smarter, not harder. If you are easily distracted, check out my list of Pandora stations in a previous blog post to keep you focused.

Switch it up! Study in different locations.

Cline Library will be open 24 hours during reading week and finals week (except Saturday and Sunday). You can also reserve a study room to stay focused!  If you missed the StressBusters this reading week, be sure to stop by next semester for a relaxing back rub to de-stress.

Stay healthy.

Stress and too little sleep can lead to sickness. Be sure to get adequate sleep! Check out NAU Health Promotion’s tips for staying stress free.



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