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How do you relieve stress during finals?

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Photo of Joe Noh

“I watch television, listen to music, take a bath, pull pranks or eat huge amounts of food at a buffet and pass out.”

Photo of Amy Toles

“I don’t really get stressed out, to be honest with you. I’m one of those students who if I have a 30-page paper due, I start a month ahead of time.”

Photo of Brett Lemker

“Take some time off in the evening and maybe have a beer. I just take a lot of breaks.”

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“I eat a lot and take a lot of breaks to talk to my roommates.”


sgtwolverine 11 years, 5 months ago

I use laughter to relieve stress: I laugh at all the students who have to deal with the stress of finals.

trinity 11 years, 5 months ago

it's been awhile since finals time for me-but lots&lots of caffience and nicotiene always seemed to do the trick for me.

not much has changed.

gontek 11 years, 5 months ago

Back when I was at KU the ganja helped me to relieve finals stress.

craigers 11 years, 5 months ago

Like TOB said, don't take them anymore. And why get stressed, you should have gone over most of the material throughout the rest of the semester and it is just review. I didn't mind finals week since we only had a max of 2 finals a day, which is pretty easy to study for.

Other than that I liked a nice warm peppermint mocha!!

trinity 11 years, 5 months ago

yay i like gootsie's answer best! :)

i may have to get me a higher degree just so's i can justify some more shoe shopping! ah but on the other hand-ANY occasion is the right occasion for new shoes. period.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 5 months ago

T, every day is finals day here at OTS, don't you think?

trinity 11 years, 5 months ago

yes yes yes! shoe shoppers unite, it is THURSDAY and absolutely 100% agree, here in ots land-EVERY day is finals day!

woohoooooooooo! now-must figure out how to latch on to some manolos!

jonas 11 years, 5 months ago

I had the misfortune of not being able to rely on nicotine to get me through this semester, and this finals schedule was by far the worst I've ever gone through (guess it's just grad school), so I just had to deal with it. But I just took my Chinese final, and I am now done.

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I'm going to go make myself a really strong rum and coke, and I don't frickin care if it is 9:20 in the morning.

trinity 11 years, 5 months ago

thanks for the heads up, py; i did not know! :-/

NO R_I, the fate of the world does not rest on some goofy politician; it rests on whether or not i can get new shoes sometime soon. if i do not i may simply perish.

jonas? um hey buddy, do you think you could spare some of that drinkie? it's shaping up to be that kind of a day for me. ;)

sgtwolverine 11 years, 5 months ago

Trinity, I thought other people would perish if you did not get new shoes sometime soon.

On another topic (Christmas shopping), If I am elected, I will introduce legislation that will give retail stores the authority to detain grumpy customers. The grumpy customers will be forced to work as mannequins in the store, with the length of detainment being determined by the level of the customer's grumpiness.

Ceallach 11 years, 5 months ago

The only finals I ever recall stressing over were those at the end of Jeopardy.......scary words!! But I always feel so impotent when I know the answer. And I believe it's imperative that as individuals we consider ourselves just as impotent as anyone else.

btw, surgery is scheduled for Monday morning.

Bone777 11 years, 5 months ago

I would often relieve the stress of finals by taking copious amounts of notes and copying them on my shoe, arm, inside my watch band, etc., etc., etc.,

Ceallach 11 years, 5 months ago

bone: I think I remember seeing you at my Diff Eq final!! But that was so long ago, I can't even remember what Diff Eq stands for :)

budwhysir 11 years, 5 months ago

My best way to fight stress, during finals or not is to research and define the meanings of political actions in the world.

This keeps me thinking about political correctness in a scientific way. Therefor, increasing the balance of political correctness in an incorrect political listing of facts and balances

trinity 11 years, 5 months ago

hah, sgt! that's a fine thing to say to your runnin' mate! :)

and hey i concur with your legislation regarding grumpy shoppers, heh...

beatrice 11 years, 5 months ago

I generally don't get stressed out watching sports, but if the Phoenix Suns make it to the NBA Finals this year I just might. I would relieve it by cheering like a crazy person.

RI: "Has anyone ever named their daughter Imprudence?" No, but I recall a Beatles song called "Dear Prudence." Does that count?

And if the governor of South Dakota (South Dakota!) ends up changing the balance of the U.S. Congress, I will not be too happy. There are only like 117 people who live in SD, so I'm wondering why we even needed two Dakotas to begin with. If SD messes up our government, I believe it would be necessary to kick them out of the union and have just a single Dakota to house all 234 people.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 5 months ago

Trinity, I was thinking that if there were a threat to the nation, you could just stop buying new shoes for a while, and then take it out on the people threatening the country. In addition to your current position, it would also give you the role of Secretary of Offense.

trinity 11 years, 5 months ago

wooooooooooohhhhhhhooooooooo! "secretary of offense", now THERE'S an appropriate title for me! :)

is it too early to start playing "happy days are here again"???

oh, the thought of no new shoe purchases-grrrrrrrrr!

sunflower_sue 11 years, 5 months ago

I had a friend in college named Prudence. She was a beautiful girl who was also a heavy metal head banger. She did not live up to the name. I should be getting her Christmas card any day now.

Stress? Vallium. Although I like the shoe idea. Maybe combine the two.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 5 months ago

Ceallach, thanks for checking in. We'll make Monday "OTS Think of Ceal et al Day."

"But I always feel so impotent when I know the answer" - are you related to TOB's grandpa, Ceal?

Ceallach 11 years, 5 months ago

Could be!

Deep Thoughts by Ceal

Unless we have DNA test results, do any of us really know to whom we are related?

sgtwolverine 11 years, 5 months ago

Yes, TOB, but it's a dry republican senator.

beatrice 11 years, 5 months ago

Pretty funny, Das and sgt! At least we had the good sense to just be Arizona, not divide it into North and Baja Arizona. Plus we have the fifth largest city in the nation! Fifth! That allows for some smack-talk. We are also on the coast of Mexico, and Mexico has a lot of ocean front property, so there you have it -- West Coast. And yes, TOB, we have pesky Rep senators, but it would be horrible if the national balance of power shifted because a Rep governor names a Rep senator after the people voted for a Dem. Having Darth Cheney as the tie-breaker would be a terrible, terrible mistake and against what this country wanted. And that is final! (okay, now I'm stressed.)

Grundoon Luna 11 years, 5 months ago

I always had the music going when I was studying, finals or not, and that coping strategy worked pretty well for me. Pink Floyd hath charms to soothe the savage attitude.

Rejoice!! The stores are open late on Thursdays. We worker bees can still get shoes in the evening.

Bone777 11 years, 5 months ago

Ceallach - could be. I was the one that the paramedics had to come get, because of 'ink poisoning' and severe eye strain.

Ceallach 11 years, 5 months ago

bone: I could have been kicked out for my comments ..... luckily, the instructor didn't speak enough English to know what I said :):)

Bone777 11 years, 5 months ago

TOB - I wouldn't worry about KSExPat. She is somewhere with her real boobs, getting a massage by the company masseuse, and getting ready to buy a dress for the company Christmas party, in Bangalore, on the company expense account.

Not that I was paying any attention to KSExPat's post.

Bone777 11 years, 5 months ago

Das_Uber - you are playing with fire. As in the bird that caught on fire. Bea is dangerous and will promptly put the smack down on you, which starts a chain of unfortunate events.

It all starts with a response, then a damn Bea from TOB, and then an attempt at a defending yourself response, and then a drink and then a walking on eggshells when Bea is on the prowl, followed by a brown nose while warning Das_Uber.

beatrice 11 years, 5 months ago

We also have beautiful, glorious sun, which you never have to shovel, and are home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Plus, I'll bet you can name at least three of those four cities -- about the same number for both Dakotas. That is my point -- no need for two Dakotas. One would serve the country just fine. Not bad mouthing them, just pointing out that they are spread a little thin.

beatrice 11 years, 5 months ago

Bone, you slipped that one in on me. Das and I go way back -- glad to see him back on board, even if he is gonna talk silly smack about AZ.

Bone777 11 years, 5 months ago

Bea -What was that? Reason with very little bite.

Here let me give you a little fodder.

I am getting ready to leave, across the mountains to catch the Seahawk/49er game. The Seahawks are a great team. Did they even play a game last week.

Oh, by the way. Steve Nash is a hippie that has the critics feeling sorry for him. He is hideous!!!

Bone777 11 years, 5 months ago

Bea, you slipped that one in on me. Nice to see you haven't lost it.

beatrice 11 years, 5 months ago

Bone, I don't need your pity. And of course Nash is a hippie -- he's a Canadian!

Bone777 11 years, 5 months ago

TOB - that is so true and a hoot!!

I am sure she has made the whole story up.

She is really manning a phone sex line somewhere in Topeka.

beatrice 11 years, 5 months ago

TOB, what? Now you are going all Al Gore on me? The Colorado is doing just fine, thank you very much.

beatrice 11 years, 5 months ago

We have a canal system here that dates back centuries -- long before the dam was built, so we would survive. Our 348,000 golf courses on the other hand ...? By the way, where will the Dakotas be when natural gas used for heating homes goes away? We all have our demands on the natural resources, now don't we.

Bone777 11 years, 5 months ago

Marion - Miniwhites and double crosses???

I think I know what you are selling on the internet, now.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 5 months ago

Bea, would Arizona be a good place for a honeymoon for two older folks?

Ceallach 11 years, 5 months ago

bea, not to open old wounds (I would never do that :) but don't those "canals" go back to the good old days when the Catholic clergy used the equivalent of slave labor by the First Nations people to build those canals?

beatrice 11 years, 5 months ago

Gootsie - yes, it would be a terrific place for a honeymoon. The Canyon, Sedona, Petrified Forest, beautiful weather (this time of year), snow skiing in the north (later in the season), golfing in Scottsdale. It isn't Hawaii, but it has its moments.

Ceal, the canal system dates back about 1500 years to the Hohokams, although it was expanded upon later on. This, however was done more in the late 19th, early 20th centuries, in which case it would have been primarily Hispanic laborers used as the equivalent of slave labor.

ohjayhawk 11 years, 5 months ago

After the day we've had here at work, I wouldn't mind transgressing a few years to where my only source of stress came from finals!

beatrice 11 years, 5 months ago

TOB, you are correct. The population back then was probably only that of present day South Dakota. : )

Ceallach 11 years, 5 months ago

I'd better play in this yard the rest of the day. Got myself in trouble on the article about the sentencing of the 5 month old's mother. I'm trying to find a way to blame it on the bearded_gnome, but I guess I just failed the "discretion" test. Anyway, in order to avoid being disappeareded, I will just read all y'all's posts and try to keep myself proper :) Now that is a chore that I will find very stressful!!! Pass the Sangria...

beatrice 11 years, 5 months ago

big smile, Das, big smile! But from what I am seeing of the water situation in Lawrence, lately, I wouldn't be pointing fingers.

beatrice 11 years, 5 months ago

New Arimexizona! Best salsa anywhere!

trinity 11 years, 5 months ago

lol ceal-you ornrey scoundrel ye! ;)

hey i have no sangria-but this bailey's caramel i'm sampling is mighty fine! :)

sunflower_sue 11 years, 5 months ago

OK, now I'm stressed. My sweet daughter (making a lovely spaghetti dinner) decided she would get creative and put about 2 tsp of cloves in the sauce. Salad sounds good. Maybe some bread. sigh (maybe we can just pretend it's pumpkin pie over noodles.)

Send me some salsa, Bea.

budwhysir 11 years, 5 months ago

Ok i have been called out, the way i handle stress is to take my blood pressure every 2 hrs and make sure I long into the political blog of the day. I also like to follow up with reading my favorite quote that is stated by mr budwhysir himself. It follows this post


cowgomoo 11 years, 5 months ago

It's been 5 years since my last final but I still occasionally get those nightmares where I'm facing a final exam for a class I somehow failed to attend all semester.

SpeedRacer 11 years, 5 months ago

Gee, it was 30 some odd years ago, but I relieved stress during finals with beer. That probably isn't done these days, though.

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