Make time for you before finals

It’s that time of year once again! The end of the semester is already here and we need to put everything we have spent the past semester learning to the test – literally! You might find yourself becoming overwhelmed by the amount of stress that final exams stir up, especially after dealing with COVID-19 for over a year. However, there are a few things you can do to prevent letting the stress of finals week get the best of you:

• Make sure to get adequate sleep (7-9 hours each night). 

• Spend time outside instead of isolating in your room.

• Eat a balanced variety of foods that make you feel fueled AND satisfied!

• Take (off-screen!) study breaks and spend time stretching, walking, meditating or having a quick snack.

• Move your body with yoga, jumping jacks, running, dancing or whatever brings you joy and mental clarity.

• Stay connected with friends and family via texting, video chatting or phone calls.

• Practice self-compassion, and remember you are doing the best you can and that’s enough!

• Ask for help and use campus resources like The Learning Center (tlc.uni.edu), the Counseling Center (counseling.uni.edu) or Wellness Coaching (studentwellness.uni.edu/wellness-coaching)!

Looking for more ideas? You are in luck! Student Wellness Services (SWS) is hosting a virtual Self-Care Sweepstakes that is full of self-care practices  you can do yourself and challenge your friends to do with you! You can find our sweepstakes on the studentwellness.uni.edu website or SWS social media. Follow these steps to be entered to win a prize:

1. Complete and check off three self-care practices.

2. Take a selfie doing your favorite self-care practice

3. Send a selfie and screenshot of the sweepstakes card to [email protected] or DM us on Instagram (unisws) by May 2.

We have gift certificates to Urban Pie, Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbeck’s Smokehouse and Insomnia Cookies!

Don’t already follow us on social media? No worries! Here is where you can find us, self-care and other wellness tips, and the Self-Care Sweepstakes card:

Facebook: facebook.com/UNISWS or type UNI Student Wellness Service in the search bar.

• Twitter: @UNI_SWS

• Instagram: @unisws

You can also find self-care and stress management resources, like our self-care workbook and gratitude journal, at studentwellness.uni.edu. Questions about the sweepstakes? Email us at [email protected]

One of the best ways to combat stress is to practice self-care. Taking care of yourself is vital to protect your well-being and EVERYONE should practice self-care! Practicing self-care before and during final exams is important to prevent excessive stress and burnout. Get a jumpstart on your self-care through completing self-care activities in the Self-Care Sweepstakes! Good luck, Panthers!