While December is considered by many to be the most wonderful time of the year, college students can’t afford to relax and enjoy the holiday festivities just yet: we have finals looming before us. Even though finals can put a damper on the holiday happiness, here are a few tips to beat finals stress and enjoy the season of cheer.
One of my favorite holiday playlists on Spotify.
1. Listen to instrumental Christmas music while you study.
To me, Christmas music is the best way to get excited for the holiday season. Sadly, it’s hard for me to listen to “All I Want For Christmas Is You” without wanting to sing along, making it not the best music to study to. I’ve found that Spotify has some great classical Christmas mixes – I personally love the album “Christmas Jazz” and the playlist “Christmas Peaceful Piano.” Listening to them gets me in a great mood while studying but doesn’t distract me.
Here are a few of Starbucks’ holiday lattes, complete with whipped cream
2. Try out some of Starbucks’ holiday beverages and snacks.
Despite my bank account’s protesting, I love indulging in a holiday drink from Starbucks every once in a while. My go-to Christmas drink is the peppermint hot chocolate, but I’ve been wanting to try their Toasted White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino and the Caramel Brulée Latte. Pair it with one of their holiday cake pops to make a perfect studying snack.
Here’s an adorable example of how to decorate your door for the month of December.
3. Decorate your room.
Even though it’s barely even December, I have seen so many dorm rooms that are already decked out with Christmas decor. Lots of people have been covering their doors with wrapping paper, sticking bows on their walls, and hanging stockings above their bed. All it takes is a quick trip to Target and 15 minutes of decorating, which is the perfect way to take a break from studying without losing the entire day.
Fuzzy socks are also a great addition to fun holiday PJ’s. (credit: Pinterest)
4. Lounge around in festive pajamas.
Throwing on my red and green flannel pajama set at the end of a grueling study session is the best part of my day. I highly recommend in investing in a pair of holiday PJ’s if you don’t have some already – they always help me unwind at night and get me excited for the upcoming break.
Here are some great random acts of kindness that you can complete each day. (credit: Pinterest)
5. Complete random acts of kindness.
Going out of your way to do something nice for your friends, family, or even a stranger is an awesome way to spread holiday cheer. It only takes a second, and you could make someone’s day. After all, it always is more rewarding to give than to receive.
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