USC Psychologist Tony Lovell says that being able to recognize stress is just as importsnt as treating it.
Student Elizabeth Rizor says doing stretching and breathing exercises helps her deal with finals stress.
By Shannon O'Connell
The semester is coming to a close at the University of South Carolina and student work is piling up. As the work increases, so does the amount of stress students feel.
USC student Elizabeth Rizor says this pressure continues to build throughout finals week.
“It kinda wears on you throughout the week as exams are approaching,” she said.
USC Psychologist Tony Lovell says recognizing stress is just as important as treating it.
“I think that students sometimes…ignore the warning signs and signals of stress, so I think that’s the most important thing…awareness into how you experience stress,” he explained.
He also said that knowing your individual triggers and signals of stress are important to notice, too.
“We all experience stress a little differently,” Lovell said.
Being able to treat and manage stress is something that students should recognize. Lovell says treating both your mind and body with respect is a big part of dealing with stress.
“Making self-care a priority would mean to…have [time management] consistently in their daily schedule and making that equally as important or even more important than the studying they have to do,” he said.
Some USC students like Elizabeth understand this, and know what they can do to help themselves deal with the stress.
“What I like to do is kinda stand up, do some stretches, maybe do some breathing and yoga poses, that really helps me to relax,” she said.
Lovell says that whether they try to get more sleep, eating better, or getting some exercise, it’s often the little things that can help the most.
“They will feel the productivity increase and they will also feel better personally and academically if they take the time to take care of themselves,” he explained.
Final exam week begins next week at USC, and the Thomas Cooper Library will begin to fill up with stressed-out students. For those students, the most important thing is being able to recognize and manage the end-of-the-semester stress that they are feeling.