Lifestyles Center Blog


So there are only four weeks of classes left, and you have yet to start your 20 page final paper worth 40% of your grade. Cue the stress!

As the semester comes to an end, it is natural for stress to set in as your plate fills up. A little stress is good, because it puts a fire under you to get your work done, however, a lot of stress can be very bad and have negative effects on your body and mental health.

Here are some tips on how to deal with stress, especially around the end of the semester.


  • Make check lists. Having a list will help you to prioritize your work and keep track of what gets done. Plus, it feel amazing to have things crossed off!
  • Schedule down time. You need to allow time to wind down, whether it be a nap or doing something you enjoy. Making time with friends is also very important because it will allow to vent about the stress or to just get away from a mountain of work for a little.
  • Get enough sleep. You need sleep so that your body can recuperate from the stress of the day. If you don’t get enough sleep your body will be hurting and you won’t be able to focus and get work done, which may trigger more stress.
  • Eat healthily. Your brain and body needs vitamins and minerals from a balanced meal to recharge.
  • Exercise. Exercising can release feel good endorphins and clear your mind.
  • Realize your limits. Don’t over commit yourself by taking on the whole group project or be proactive by not volunteering for too much early in the semester.
  • Don’t procrastinate. Keep on track by setting goals, making lists, and following the tips above.


Get a massage! During finals week there are massage tables around campus, for free! There is also a massage chair available for use at Mary Walker Year round.


Natalie Sumski, Peer Educator