The bad news is that you still have to write the papers. The good news is that you can make it a little less painful.
Finals are the worst, there's no doubt about it. But the ways in which you decide to mitigate the stress brought on by exam week can make a huge difference.
Let's be honest, by the fourth complete day in the library, it's really difficult to keep caring. So use these finals week pointers to maximize your study breaks, and keep your sanity at least partially intact.
Find A Study Spot
The library during finals is one of the worst study environments on the planet. For one thing, it's so crowded that it's hard to get a seat. But then when you do sit down you're surrounded by a bunch of high-strung, stressed-out, sleep-deprived peers. I've found that the second-hand stress of working in the library during finals is borderline unbearable, so I try to find alternative study spaces. Working somewhere off campus can help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. Who knew Morano Gelato served espresso? It gets better - they have free wifi, too.
When you have a lot of work to do, the natural response is to hunker down and plow through it. Seventy hours and five Red Bulls later, you won't be feeling too hot. So get out of your armchair and go for a run (or just go to the gym since it's already freezing). If you take care of your body during finals, your brain will benefit too - you'll be more focused, less jittery, and less likely to overeat. A wise woman once said, "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy." That woman was Elle Woods, and she was totally right.
Treat Yo' Self
If you are going to stress eat, make sure you do it right. Treat yourself to a meal out - you've got to eat dinner anyway right? Either you're spending your dining plan on overpriced and mediocre food on campus, or you're spending your own money on comfort food somewhere else. Instead of crying and spoon-feeding yourself Nutella in the cafeteria, go buy yourself something you actually want, and enjoy every bite of it.
Art is my go-to for inspiration, but any great work can trigger new thoughts. Find something you're passionate about and spend time with it - maybe that's taking ten minutes to read about it online or in the library, or maybe it's going to a museum like I did. However you do it, looking at someone else's big ideas will help you start to figure out your own. A study break studying what you love won't feel like more studying, and you may get a new perspective for whatever you're working on
Hit The Snooze Button
Sometimes it's hard to let yourself go to bed during finals, and sometimes it isn't even an option. But on the nights when you can afford a decent amount of sleep, it is such an important thing to take advantage of. I could sleep for twelve hours straight every night of my life. So getting three or four hours during exams really does a number on my brain power and overall emotional stability. Sometimes getting started on work ahead of time is all you need to do in order to avoid all-nighters. Or at leas that's what I've heard.