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Stress reduction eases exam fears

By Sheri-Lee Norris/ campus editor

NE student Jose Villeda studies for his economics final exam. Exam schedules vary on all campuses. Go to The Collegian’s website at collegian.tccd.edu for a complete schedule of final exams on each campus. Bogdan Sierra Miranda/The Collegian
NE student Jose Villeda studies for his economics final exam. Exam schedules vary on all campuses. Go to The Collegian’s website at collegian.tccd.edu for a complete schedule of final exams on each campus.
Bogdan Sierra Miranda/The Collegian

TR Campus counselor Lori Leach says she sees the same thing in students every semester before finals — stress.

“There are many other things going on at the same time, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed,” Leach said. “But there are several things students can do to help reduce stress.”

She recommends limiting negative thoughts and psyching oneself out.

“Recognize when these thoughts creep in and tell yourself you can do it, or you will do your best,” she said.

Leach also said students should practice time management skills.

“Make sure all of your important deadlines, finals, parties and upcoming events are all in one calendar so you can stay organized and plan ahead, she said.  “Focus on what must be done first and move on.”

She also suggests students advise family and friends ASAP about their finals schedule.

“Guilt trips, hurt feelings and family discord can be lessened if you let them know in advance,” she said.

TR reading assistant professor Christi BlueFeather leads a Mindful Monday series, which will start again in the spring semester. She works with students to teach them “guided breathing techniques to help reduce stress and calm the overactive nervous system.”

“Due to high demand, I’ve made some of these sessions available online,” she said.

Students can watch any of her three guided meditation sessions on YouTube.

NE counselor Chris Hunt has a list of things not to do.

“This is just one semester in your life, no matter what happens,” he said.  “We learn lessons and grow through adversity and sometimes failure. Don’t lose perspective.”

Hunt also says that alcohol, drugs and isolation are all things to avoid.

“Students will laugh when I say limit caffeine,” he said, “but it’s important.”

Hunt says don’t forget to use spiritual resources, whatever they may be, as well as relaxation techniques.

“Don’t wait until it’s too late to reach out for help,” Hunt said. “If you feel overwhelmed, talk to somebody. Family and friends can be good resources, but all TCC campuses have counselors.”

Hunt’s final don’t for the semester ­­— “Whatever happens, don’t forget to laugh!”

 

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