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Tip of the Month: Taking Care of Yourself During Finals

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We all know how incredibly stressful and demanding finals can be, which is why it’s especially important to take care of yourself during this time. Doing so will allow you to build your capacity to handle stress, keep you healthy, and ultimately, allow you to perform your best.


Quick Tips to Take Care of Yourself

If taking care of yourself feels like another thing on your to-do list, consider incorporating these quick tips into your daily routine:

  1. Take breaks throughout the day to avoid burnout. This can include taking a quick walk outside, stretching, or simply closing your eyes for a few minutes. Doing so can do wonders for your mental and physical well-being. 
  2. Fuel your body with nutritious meals and snacks. This will give you the energy and focus you need to get through your exams. It's also important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. 
    • Unsure as to what counts as nutritious? Looking to better understand and explore how nutrition impacts your academic performance? Meet with a registered dietitian/nutritionist who can help you with meal planning, health management, and more! Learn more about Nutrition Counseling at Stanford.
  3. Get active! Physical activity is another important aspect of taking care of yourself during midterms. Regular exercise can help reduce stress, improve your mood, and boost your overall health. This doesn't have to be anything intense– a quick workout or yoga session can help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle your exams.

In addition to taking care of yourself, there are many resources available at Stanford to support you during finals. Discover resources below based on your test taking needs and concerns. ​​​​​​​

Written by: Edward Tran, Class of 2023


Stanford Resources

Resources to prepare for exams:

  • Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) - Offers academic skills coaching, tutoring, workshops, and resources to help you grow and thrive academically.
  • Looking for the best study spot? Check out Places to Study on campus. You can filter by noise level, proximity to coffee shops, hours of operation, and more!
  • Want more tips to better prepare for your exams? Check out Test/Exam Tips and Tools from the Stanford Learning Programs. Discover strategies on test prep, tackling different types of tests, and more!

Resources for academic accommodations:

Resources to manage stress and anxiety: