How To Not Stress Over Stress

How To Not Stress Over Stress

By Monica Kucera

With mid-terms approaching at DePaul, it’s safe to say that a lot of us are stressing out. With it being a holiday weekend, the last thing we students want to do is sit around and study when we could be spending quality time with the family eating yummy food.

But let’s face it, it’s impossible to forget about the homework weighing down our shoulders when we’re trying to relax with the fam. Here are some tips to use to de-stress over mid-terms:

1. First and Foremost, Don’t Stress Over Stress. Don’t let the stress you already have stress you out even more. Thinking about all of the things you have to do is going to make you feel like the world is ending and you’re not going to get everything done in time. Focusing on all of the things you have to do will make everything worse.

2. SLEEP. Even though we believe it’s necessary to pull all-nighters in order to get good study time in, that’s probably not the best idea. It’s impossible to have a perfect sleep schedule, I realize that, but getting in a couple naps or at least one good night’s rest will help relieve stress.

3. Exercise! I’m sure the last thing on you’re mind when you have a bunch of homework is working out, but honestly, working out will make you feel better (and I know you know it.) According to SELF, “Exercise is a great distraction. When you start moving and focusing on something else you immediately start shedding the thoughts and worries of your day.”

4. Allow Distraction. Just because midterms are around the corner doesn’t mean you can’t use part of the weekend to have some fun. One night or day of distraction isn’t going to keep you from getting adequate study time. Go out to eat with friends, hangout and watch a movie, workout together, I don’t care what it is, but you need some time away from homework.

5. Make a List. This is my favorite of them all. Make a freaking list. Out of all the things you have to do, this is the most painless. It puts into perspective exactly what you need to get done and when you’re going to do it. For me, making a list helps because it makes me realize I don’t actually have as much to get done as I thought.

6. DON’T Take Your Stress Out on Food. Okay, so I guess I’m a little hypocritical when I say this one, but don’t reach for a carton of ice cream or candy when you feel like the world is caving in. I love spooning out peanut butter when I feel like freaking out, but take it from me, that is NOT the best idea. I feel like like crap after and wish I grabbed something more healthy. SELF suggests some good ideas for foods that make you feel good:

  • Dark chocolate (in moderation)
  • Pistachios
  • Pumpkin seeds (Will help your headache!)
  • Check out SELF magazine for more snack tips.
Just relax. Mid-terms will come and go before you know it. If you take a breath and consciously take note of what you need to get done you’ll survive, I promise.
What do you do to relieve stress during tests? I love hearing suggestions and feedback. Email me at or tweet @goalsforgals.