The Three “C’s” of Dead Week/Finals Stress Relief
“We’re dead, we’re dead! We survived, but we’re dead!” This quote by Dash from The Incredibles accurately describes how many college students feel after finishing a term paper or final. There’s no doubt, dead week and finals are two rather stressful weeks. While it’s extremely important to study hard during these times, study breaks every now and then are also a necessity. Dead week and finals without study breaks and stress relievers could end up causing a Britney Spears shaving the head type of breakdown, and we all know how awful that was. So in an attempt to avoid that, I’m throwing out three quick ideas of ways to relieve stress during this time (And yes, they all start with “C” because I’m a youth ministry major and alliterations are what we’re known for).
1. Campus Events
Seriously, OBU has the best events as the year winds down. They provide the perfect study break, and you don’t even have to travel off campus! We had the Lighting of the Oval, where we gathered in the oval to roast s’mores, had a countdown to turn on the Christmas lights, and sang some Christmas carols. Another event was Christmas chapel. Don’t ever miss Christmas chapel… ever! It’s literally the best chapel you will ever go to. There’s a hilarious video every year that includes pop music and professors, and tons of music (If you haven’t seen it, go find it on OBU’s page and watch it). All the choirs sing, the University Ringers play, and we get to hear from other groups like David’s Creed and the Jazz Band. Also, everyone dresses up all festive with creative outfits. My roommate Tucker and I really dig Christmas spirit, so we joined in on the holiday apparel…
The evening after Christmas chapel is Kerr Christmas. CAB draws a large crowd into the lobby of the Kerr dorm and puts on a little Christmas show. There’s music performances, fantastic skits, games, and the reading of the Christmas story. These are a few events that I love to go to as the year comes to an end. So make sure you consider these things as a study break every Christmas season!
2. Christmas Lights
Who doesn’t love walking through a winter wonderland of lights? There’s just something about grabbing hot cocoa and looking at Christmas lights that makes everything okay even when finals are right around the corner. Find an evening when you and some friends can take a break to cruise around town to find Christmas lights. You can look in the local area, or you can even travel a little to find great displays. I’m from Tulsa, so I’ve gone to the Rhema Lights every year of my life. They’re incredible! It’s so wonderful, even the Grinch would enjoy a walk around Rhema. But yeah, a few friends and I drove out to Tulsa and back to see the lights. It was an evening filled with laughter, crazy Christmas music dancing, and many failed picture attempts by the lights. But we finally got a good group photo…
As you can see, these friends are super cool. It always helps to have the moral support of friends during this time, so make sure to hang out with them, complain with them, cry with them, etc. Just kidding, finals are not THAT bad. But it’s so fun having people who will take random adventures like this with you. So go see Christmas lights, they make everything better!
This one may be more of a personal preference, but cooking really helps me de-stress. And what better time of the year to make food than around Christmas time? I don’t have all that much to say about this one, but find an apron, put on some jams, and cook food! Plus, you get to eat the awesome things you make, which is even better. You may be able to tell now that I stress eat. But hey, sometimes you just gotta do it. When you have the options of egg nog and pumpkin flavored things, you have to take advantage of that. You know what I’m saying? Winter season is the best cooking season. So do it, release your inner chef!
Like I said, these are just a few quick suggestions of mine. There are other ways to help with the stress of finals week. Maybe for you that’s a punching bag, I don’t know. But in all seriousness, finals is a great time to review all that you’ve learned throughout the semester and solidify it in your mind. Many times finals is when I learn the most in terms of having concepts and facts ingrained in my mind. Don’t fear finals. Rock them. Own them. Enjoy the challenge and the ways you find to take breaks in between. Do like Beyonce and be a survivor! Okay, I’m done now…