As we reach the halfway point in November, it means the first semester is beginning to wind down—and you know what that means: finals.
Yikes! I graduated from college almost…well…let’s just say a long time ago, and that word still gives me the heebie jeebies!
On top of that, the holiday season is right around the corner, which adds a whole nother layer of stress and anxiety to this already hectic time of year. I mean, who has time to deal with relatives or go shopping for gifts when you’ve got a Calc IIStr exam to prepare for? It’s a stressful time of year for sure.
The thing is, if you don’t properly deal with stress, it could be detrimental not only your grades but to your health as well. The following are just a few things you can do to properly manage your stress so that you can ace your finals and stay healthy throughout the rest of the year.
When you’re up to your eyeballs in studying, it can be tempting to much on chips or sugary snacks or, even worse, skip eating altogether. Fuel up on fruits, veggies, and protein-rich foods that will energize you and help ward off those pesky winter colds.
Get Enough Sleep
Although it may be tempting to pull an all-nighter and cram for that big final, try to get a good night’s sleep instead. More and more studies are showing the importance of sleep when it comes to brain function and overall health. Try to get at least seven hours if possible.
Exercise?! Who has time to exercise? You do. I’m not saying you have to go run 10 miles or spend a couple hours down at the gym. Just get up from your desk every once and a while and move. Talk a walk. Do some pushups. Try a little yoga. Physical activity isn’t just good for your body, it’s good for your brain, too, and can actually improve memory and retention in addition to reducing anxiety.
Meditation is all the rage nowadays, and for good reason. Taking time to clear the mind through quiet meditation can not only reduce stress levels, it can also help you stay more focused and perform your best come exam time. Download one of the many guided meditation apps available today and give it a try.
It’s easy to get caught up in all the craziness of this time of year and put too much pressure on yourself. Take a moment. Breathe. Yeah, finals are important, but you shouldn’t worry yourself sick about them. Study hard but take time off to laugh with friends, listen to music, and just chill out every once in a while. Before you know it, finals will be over and you’ll be back at home listening to Aunt Clara go on and on about all the funny things her cats do.
Sorry. Can’t help you there.