Coping with Stress During Finals Week

Lindsay Tocco


During finals, not only do you see people in the library you’ve never seen before, you may experience heightened stress levels. URI students may find themselves stressing out while trying to cram in a semester’s worth of studying right before the date of the final. This article is aimed towards finding ways for students to beat stress and survive finals week.

Exercising Body & Mind

Campus Recreation:
Physical activity can reduce fatigue, reduce stress, improve alertness, and increase attentiveness. You don’t even have to spend an hour at the gym to exercise, just look up some quick exercises and reap the benefits.

If stress and anxiety are getting the best of you, a good way to lower your blood pressure and heart rate while reducing stress is by hitting the mat and giving yoga a try.

Breathe in slowly using your nose, filling your lungs as your chest and belly rise. Once your abdomen expands fully, breathe out slowly through your mouth. Do this for 20-30 minutes to effectively combat stress.


The URI Counseling Center offers students professional counseling services right here on campus. Visit Roosevelt Hall , Room 217 or call 401.874.2288 for more information.

Health Services:
Check out URI health studies student, Gregory Bench’s suggestions for relieving exam stress  or read 101 health.

Sleep can Single-handedly impact your testing performance. Not sleeping a sufficient amount of time can send your brain into overdrive and cause even more stress. No matter how appealing that pumpkin latte may be at 11p.m., don’t skip out on a good night’s sleep.

The Emporium may be tempting this week. It’s so easy to order a calzone from Hungry Rhody or munch on unhealthy snacks while you’re studying. Your best bet is to eat foods that are digested slowly: whole grains, fresh vegetables, and lean proteins are all offered at both dining halls.



Stress less event: Scream it out
Wednesday, December 7 at 3p.m. on the Quadrangle. This event provides students the opportunity to scream the stress away as a healthy outlet. Not only do you get to scream, there’s free hot chocolate too!

URI Stress Relief Day
Wednesday, December 7 from 11:30a.m. – 2:30p.m. at the Memorial Union.  URI Health Services is providing students with different and healthy ways to deal with stress.

Memorial Student Union 
During finals week, the Union’s meeting rooms are available as study rooms. Simply send an email to to reserve a meeting room for your group.

Pancake Dinner
Monday, December 12 at 11p.m. in Hope Dining Hall, take a study break with your friends over some light and fluffy pancakes.

Four Legged Friends 
If you’re looking for a fluffy companion, take a study break and de-stress with the gentle giant Bernese Mountain Dog, Phantom and the sweet Golden Retriever, Holly.

Holly: Thursday, December 15 at 10:30 in the Library.
Phantom: Friday, December 16 at 1:30 in the Library.

Seekers Meditation Group
Wednesdays at 5p.m. in the Meditation Room (located in the library’s 24-hour room). If you’re interested in breathing and meditation exercises but you aren’t sure where to start, this is the perfect opportunity. Every Wednesday at 5p.m. the Seekers Meditation Group aims toward getting students grounded, relaxed and focused in a healthy way.

President’s Holiday Open House for Students 
Monday, December 19 at 3p.m. at the President’s House. Unwind at the holiday open house with light refreshments and a chance to speak with President David Dooley and Lynn Baker-Dooley.

Story by Lindsay Tocco*
Class of 2018, Health Studies Major and Business Minor
(* Special thanks to Lindsay for spending her class project WRT 304: Writing for Community Service with the Division of Student Affairs)

Photo by Sabrina Araújo
Class of 2018, Public Relations and Communications Major