How to detox after finals

By Alex Grady
Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa for 2014

We’re all hitting the point in our school year where we’re either taking end of semester finals or big tests before winter break. The stress from endless studying and pulling all-nighters has finally caught up to us. Here are a few ways you can relieve some of the post-final stress.
1.  Eat. Eat. And eat some more.
You know that’s the first thing you wanted to do after you turned your last test in. Food has always been there for you when you’ve been stressed and needed help. This is the perfect time to rekindle your love. No need to feel guilty either because you just aced your finals!
2.  Binge watch a Netflix series
There’s that one series on Netflix that you didn’t get to start watching or you had to stop watching to study endlessly. Start it now! You have somewhere between 3 and 4 weeks of break, so you might as well utilize your free time and finish what you started (or are about to start).
3.  25 Days of Christmas?
Don’t lie, you have a guilty pleasure Christmas or winter movie that you watch every winter without fail. Now’s the perfect time to put it on the TV and cuddle up by the fireplace with a big cup of hot cocoa.
4.  Hang out with your friends
Lame, I know. You’re probably more than sick of those weirdos by now, but this is the only time that you get to hang out with them without having to worry about homework. Do all the odd things that over the last semester you said you wanted to do but didn’t have the time to.
5. Family time
Another kind of lame one. But if you’ve been away at college like I have, you actually start to miss your family, super weird! Have a game night or just watch TV together. Anything that gets all of you in the same room at the same time!
Alex Grady is a college freshman at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Originally from Iowa City, IowaAlex was a participant in the Distinguished Young Women program and was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa for 2014. Learn more about Alex here!

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