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I can’t wait to pack up my dorm room, get in the car for the drive back home and just truly relax for the first time since the school year started. Since there’s pretty much nothing worse than the stress that finals week causes, the ultimate rejuvenation from that is a complete reset with a week of total de-stressing. This is totally necessary for coming down from days of being in the library until 4 am, and is the only way to kick off the summer right. Grab your favorite playlist and some cucumbers to help fully leave finals week behind you.
I am a firm believer that there is nothing that great music can’t solve. This one should be done as soon as possible to get you out of that finals headspace. Blast your favorite songs on the way back home and let the music take you somewhere calm or even somewhere super wild and crazy. Both are great for getting in the mood for summer 2018 (hopefully your best one yet!).
Watching your favorite shows always helps to liven up your mood and the familiarity of it is great for a cozy night in, but starting a new show and doing a little bit of binging helps to bring your focus onto something else. It helps to make you feel like you have something to do during the day without having to actually commit to doing anything.
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Does this one even need to be explained?? Grab yourself some really good (really unhealthy) takeout, stack yourself up with some preferred snacks and let the sugary or greasy foods make you feel fully relaxed. For ultimate de-stressing, eat your junk food while watching that new Netflix show. Now, that is next level de-stressing.
When we’re in class all we can think about is the fact that we could have been sleeping. To really get in the groove of summer, take all those naps you were longing for, but couldn’t afford to take during the entire semester. If you take this one literally, you might sleep for a week straight, but if there’s a 3 hour nap in the middle of a Tuesday, we won’t tell.
Walking around at night is a really great way to clear your mind of all the clutter that seems to find its way in during finals week. Breathing in some fresh air, along with the cooler breeze at night is a great way to forget about a lot of problems and just be in the moment.
Everyone enjoys some hot water when their stressed. Whether that be a nice, warm bath (bath bomb not optional) or a steaming hot shower if you’re not a big bath lover, there is really something to be said about how much some time in the bathroom with your thoughts can really help to achieve relaxation.
This one doesn’t work for everyone, but I’ve found that the older I get the more I can’t think straight if my room is a total mess. Giving it a quick clean might help to organize your thoughts and release some stress way more than you think. If all else fails, doing some laundry might be the key to starting off your summer right.
Whatever it is that you decide to do, make sure you remember to take some time for yourself. Don’t jump straight into summer courses or a job if you can help it, and allow yourself to breathe. Finals week takes a lot out of everyone, and a couple of days for some good R&R allow for you to come back ready to take on whatever summer has to offer.
Shae Joseph is the Community Manager for the Binghamton University Chapter. She is a Senior studying English and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She has a passion for music and all things Parks and Rec.