5 tips for staying Healthy during college finals
College finals can be an extremely stressful time for most college students. With our current pandemic, it could be harder than ever with lockdown orders remaining in effect in most of the country. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the best-known ways to reduce stress and stay healthy during finals and the current global pandemic in general.
Tip 1 – Sleep 8-9 hours a night
This may seem like a lame tip, or maybe you already do sleep 8-9 hours a night. But it’s extremely important for the mind to be well-rested, but not over rested. You need to be getting the right amount of sleep to ensure that your brain is prepared for the next day.
“Studies also show that sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain. If you are sleep-deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change. Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.” states the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a government agency.
Tip 2 – Go for Walks
Walking is a great way to take a break from studying or even just in everyday life. It’s also a great way to relieve stress, get some cardio in, and even give you a chance to calm down and breathe in nature.
“Walking opens up the free flow of ideas, and it is a simple and robust solution to the goals of increasing creativity and increasing physical activity.” stated a Stanford university study. With that being said, walking and then coming back to studying and doing school work could be extremely beneficial.
Tip 3 – Eat healthy foods
Healthy foods are great for your brain, these can help stay focused on studying and can even help boost your energy, mood, and makes you feel happier. A great example of healthy brain food is coffee. “Coffee is practically a magic bean when it comes to mood-lifting: The caffeine in coffee can boost mental focus and alertness and athletic performance. Coffee consumption may also protect against Type 2 diabetes and decrease the risk of depression. But the less you consume, the better it works.” states an article from NBC News.
Tip 4 – Take breaks
Taking short, 15-30 minute breaks from reading textbooks or doing online school work without looking at other electronics is a great way to reduce stress and even strain on your eyes. Preventing those annoying headaches from studying.
Tip 5 -Study with a friend or classmate
While you might not want to study with a friend in person right now, or it might not even be possible depending on your location. However, you can try and have a zoom session and even a facetime session with a study buddy or even a friend. Either way, this can help calm you down since you have someone going over the material with and even help you study and learn overall.
These are just a few of the tips I have for college students staying healthy during studying sessions and during college finals in general.