Finals week can be a stressful and exhausting time for students. With long hours of studying and little sleep, it’s easy to neglect our health and well-being. However, by following these simple tips, you can stay healthy and energized during finals and perform at your best.
Sleep is crucial for cognitive function and overall well-being. Without a regular sleep schedule your brain will not function efficiently and tasks such as retention and recall will suffer. Ultimately this will lead to burnout which is the last thing you need during exam season.
Based on data from the CDC, students should aim to sleep 8-10 hours per 24-hour cycle, this will not only improve brain functions but will also help you avoid several different physical and mental health risks.
Fuel Your Body with Nutritious Meals
During finals, it’s tempting to rely on junk food for immediate comfort and an easy meal. While we believe these foods can still be consumed as a treat or reward for productive study periods, they should be consumed sparingly. Oftentimes junk meals can lead to crashes and decreased productivity. Instead, opt for nutritious meals that are rich in a variety of complex carbs and lean proteins. These foods provide sustained energy and improve concentration.
If you’ve read any blog post on this site about study methods you’ll know we’re passionate about proper hydration. So, let’s run it back.
Proper hydration is often overlooked, but it is crucial in maintaining focus and energy levels. Dehydration has been associated with decreased short-term memory, long-term memory, ability to logically problem solve, and overall attention span. Hydration impacts almost every aspect of the human body, physically and emotionally, without it we suffer on multiple different fronts.
So find yourself a fun water bottle, slap some cool stickers on it, and drink SO MUCH WATER.
Incorporate Physical Activity
Regular exercise is not only beneficial for your physical health but also for your mental well-being. Take short breaks during study sessions to engage in physical activity. That doesn’t mean you need to hit the gym and start throwing down plates on the bench either, sometimes something as simple as walking, yoga, or stretching can improve performance, attitude, and more.
Take Breaks and Practice Self-Care
It’s important to take regular breaks during studying to avoid burnout. Schedule short breaks to relax and engage in activities you enjoy. Whether it’s reading, listening to music, or spending time with friends, taking breaks will rejuvenate your mind and help you stay focused.
By following these tips, you can maintain your health and energy levels during finals week. Remember, taking care of yourself is just as important as studying. Prioritize sleep, nourish your body, stay hydrated, incorporate physical activity, and practice self-care.
Looking for more final exam help? Check out our blog post on How to Study Smarter, Not Harder for more tips!