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by Maddy Richards, who helps produce “The Morning Show” on BYU Radio

Finals are upon us! Well upon me, anyway. I’ve often heard people reminiscing about their college days, but I’m not sure they want to go back to the sleepless nights, studying until their brain feels like it will explode, forgetting to shower and eat because they were working on a project that’s due in roughly 20 minutes….the list goes on and on. I have loved every second of college, but this whole finals thing, I could’ve done without. 

So, for my own sake, as well as the sake of those close to me, here are a few tips on how to get through a highly stressful time:

1. Wake up, and make breakfast. Nothing looks so bad after a good meal, and we’ve all been told breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

2. CLEAN UP. Make your bed when you wake up, take two minutes to wash your dishes after a meal, take a shower and get ready! You may not have a lot of time to do these things, but taking a few seconds to pick up will make you feel immensely less stressed later.

3. Take some breaks. Whether you’re studying for a test, working on a work project, tackling spring cleaning, or taking care of a child all day, it’s important to take breaks! Be sure to take some time to recharge, and do something for you!

4. Make a list. Some people don’t like making lists because it stresses them to see all the things they have to do. But lists are a highly effective way of outlining what needs to get done, identifying the order and importance of the tasks, and not forgetting to do anything!

5. Sleep. I know, you don’t have time. But try your very, very hardest to at least get some sleep at night. It may not be a lot, but it will be what you need to push you through. Sleep is your friend during this stressful time!

You may not be going through a highly stressful time right now, or maybe you are. Either way, these little tips have helped me so much in both the stressful, and not-so-stressful times!

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