Here are a couple of ways to handle the end of the semester with less stress.
Written by Jonathan Huang

Hey, CKI! As we get closer to the finals/holiday season, many students will feel stress or other significant challenges to their mental health. Let’s talk about stress-overload warning signs and ways to avoid burnout.

When students worry about failing or performing poorly, they can easily begin to feel isolated and lonely, while also forgetting self-care. Finals season often becomes an easy excuse for all-nighters and irregular sleep schedules, which often cause more harm than good.

If you’re considering an all-nighter to study for an exam or complete an assignment, remember that this immediately intensifies the risk of burnout — after which your overall well-being and cognitive function will be impaired.

Instead, try to organize a more thoughtful and balanced study schedule, incorporating breaks and times for self-care.

And remember: No matter how much pressure you feel, you are not alone! If you find yourself struggling in a class, don’t be afraid to ask a classmate or professor for help. Most of the time, you will not be the only one with a question, and the other person will likely appreciate your effort to reach out.

Finals season is a very high-stress and high-stakes time for students. By following these small tips, I hope you have a great end to the semester and an outstanding break.

Best of luck from Circle K International!