Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

6 ways to beat stress during finals

Don’t let exams and final assignments get you down

The days are getting longer but it doesn’t always feel that way when you’re a student huddled with textbooks before final exams. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like there’s enough hours in a day to finish assignments and get in study time.

To help bring clarity to chaos, techlifetoday presents a guide to managing end-of-term stress to set you up for success. 

1. Get some sleep

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It’s a no-brainer that a tired mind affects our ability to focus, let alone our overall health. These four simple tips from NAIT counsellor Caren Anderson will help you get some rest and ready for study time.

2. Yes, you have time for a workout

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Nothing helps melt away stress like a bit of sweat. Yes, we know you’re slammed but it’s still possible to squeeze fitness into your schedule, according to Edmonton-based trainer Jennifer Parker (Personal Fitness Trainer ’18). Grads Brooklyn Tryhuba (Personal Fitness Trainer ’17) and Em Lamache (Personal Fitness Trainer ’16) also offer insight on how fitness affects self-esteem and pushes them to be their best.

3. Study tips from a learning expert

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Whether it’s the start of a semester or right before an exam, these tips from NAIT learning strategists are game-changers. They cover everything from setting a study schedule to limiting distractions and taking regular breaks.

4. Talk to someone

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If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, it’s important to talk to someone about how you’re feeling – or if it’s a friend, know how to talk about mental health.

5. Give meditation a try

meditation outdoors on grassYoga instructor Amanda Bell-Tardif (Personal Fitness Trainer ’09) turns to meditation as part of her self-care routine, and offers these simple tips to get started.

6. Take advantage of deals

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When you’re already stressed about workloads, a depleted bank balance is a common source of worry. These budget hacks are here to help.


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