I'm beginning to feel just slightly less stressed. This is expected, if you consider the four basic stages of studying for exams:
This is the longest and simultaneously most time-consuming and least productive period of the studying process. In this stage, the student typically chooses any activity, no matter how banal, over studying; this includes, but is not limited to: watching television, reading books, listening to music, going out with friends/family/alone, sleeping, writing entries in online journals, staring at walls, staying up for no reason. The length of time spent in this stage determines how effective a procrastinator/how ineffective a student an individual is.
The second stage of the studying process is the most productive, but typically begins too late and is too time-restricted to ensure academic success. Intermittent anxiety is common in this stage, as are frequent breaks. Depending on the effectiveness of the procrastinator, the Studying stage may be skipped completely and replaced with a second stage of procrastination.
3. Indifference/Foreclosure (I am here.)
In the third stage, the student finds him or herself exhausted from Studying stage 2 (if completed) and experiences a sudden absence of anxiety. In this period, the student may indulge in many activities characteristic of the Procrastination stage. The Indifference/Foreclosure stage varies in length, typically determined by the amount of energy expended in stage 2.
4. Complete and Total Anxiety
The fourth and final stage of the study process typically begins the morning of the test, exam, midterm, etc. for which the studying is performed. In this stage, the student experiences a perpetual state of panic, which may be marked by physiological symptoms such as elevated pulse, sweating, and shortness of breath. Nervous twitches and movements often become apparent. The entirety of this stage is spent chastising oneself for partaking in stage 1 and unnecessarily limiting stage 2, wondering how he or she could have possibly experienced stage3 3, and attempting to learn excessive information in a few short hours. Counterproductively, intermittent procrastination may take place.
Context is QWP and still procrastinating.