It’s that time of the year once again, the dreaded finals week. For many college students, finals cause a large amount of added stress to their lives. This short term stress can unfortunately do a lot of harm to a person’s health. However, there are a few ways to eliminate some of this added stress and take care of your health over these upcoming weeks. The Huffington Post published an article that gives some tips from fellow college students on how to make it through finals week. Below are a few healthy tips the students shared:
Exercising is one way to help relieve stress, stay focused, and keep your body healthy. Taking a short exercise break from studying is a good way to give your body more energy for the many hours of studying and work you are putting in during finals. If you’re too nervous to take a break from studying, bring your reading materials to the gym and read while on the bike or treadmill.
For some, finals=junk food. Many times, a person’s health will decline during finals because they may feel they just don’t have time to think about making healthy meals and snacks. Eating junk actually negatively effects on your study habits because it actually makes it harder for your mind to concentrate, and can result in a food coma and/or sugar crash. To avoid this, opt for healthier snacks that will give your body more energy, help you concentrate, and also help your memory.
Finally, just breathe. Simply breathing can relieve a great deal of stress from your body. The article suggests “take a deep breath for four counts, hold it for four counts, and exhale for four counts,” when you begin to feel stress building and overwhelmed.
For more tips on how to stay healthy during finals, check out the full Huffington Post article.