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With the academic year coming to a close and finals week quickly approaching it is easy to feel overwhelmed. We here at 300 The Fenway compiled a list of the top four ways to de-stress during finals.

athletic2.jpg Exercise

"Exercise boots your energy," says Simmons Head Women's Volleyball Coach Alesia Vaccari. "You will feel great after and you will be able to stay up longer to study without having to indulge in that extra cup of coffee. It also causes the release of endorphins into your blood stream. These give you a feeling of happiness and positively affect your overall sense of well-being and will help you mentally prepare you for your finals."

laughter.jpg Laughter

Whoever said laughter is the best medicine was right. According to the Mayo Clinic, when you start to laugh, it lightens your mental load and actually causes positive physical changes in your body. "Whenever my roommates and I are stressed out from finals, we stop what we're doing and sing loudly to cheesy 90s music." says Lyndsey Nadeau '12. "After we're done laughing, we're ready to get back to studying with a fresh mind!"

5937548857_43d30a75af.jpg Take a walk

Taking a walk will give you a change of scenery and can help you clear your mind. Here at Simmons we are fortunate to be located in the heart of Boston and only a short walk away from numerous parks, shops, and cafes.

music.jpg Listen to music

Taking a break to listen to a few of your favorite songs can be a quick pick me up. "Listening to music while studying helps put me in a good mood and tune out distractions," says Jillian Ruddock '12. "It gives me that little extra push I need to get through writing a paper."

Need a little extra motivation? We put together a playlist of our favorite study break jams!

What did we miss? Let us know how you de-stress during exam period! Good luck with finals everyone!


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