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Stressed about finals?

The end of the year can be a really stressful time, with finals on the horizon and all those pesky last-minute projects you need to finish. Here are five tips to help you de-stress as you finish out the year strong.

1. Eat a snack

Sure, you can nom on some Hot Cheetos and Takis, but that’s not as fun as making your own snack. How about dipping graham crackers into a homemade cookie-dough dip? Or making a grilled peanut butter and apple sandwich? Check out these and other awesome study snacks on our Pinterest board.

2. Take a walk

Now that the weather is finally getting nicer, go for a ten-minute walk outside. Bring along your camera (or your cell phone) and take some artsy nature shots. If you aren’t into walking, ride your bike around your neighborhood.

3. Create a new playlist

A good playlist can greatly increase your chances of having a great study session. The right song can put you in a better mood and help you focus more while you’re working. Choose the right music for what you’re working on, though. Don’t play music that you’ll want to sing along to while you’re reading an assignment for history class. Also keep in mind that not all instrumental tracks have to be classical music. Check out Spotify or for some fun playlists.

4. Reward yourself

If you aren’t the biggest fan of reading, there’s nothing worse than having to read thirty pages out of a textbook. (Well, nothing except having to read even more than that!) One trick: Place gummy bears at every new section in your book. Once you’ve read that far, you get to eat the treat. It might seem childish, but you’ll be surprised how much faster you’ll finish your reading assignment.

5. Quick YouTube session

A great way to refocus is to take a short break to relax and laugh. Search YouTube for classic laugh-out-loud videos, or keep it simple with adorable animal videos. There aren’t many things more adorable and relaxing than watching puppies go down a slide.

Want more help studying? Check out these 5 study-friendly apps to download on your phone!
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