It’s been a long semester and you’ve studied hard. Now it’s time to cap off the semester by doing well on final exams and projects. A lot of students associate finals week with all-nighters, constant studying, and plenty of coffee. These behaviors can actually be detrimental to your academic performance. Here are ways to take care of your mind and body so that you can do your best on finals.
Sleep deprivation affects not only your energy level and mood, but also your ability to concentrate, learn, and focus. As finals week approaches, maintain a regular sleep pattern and aim for 7-9 hours per night. For more restful sleep, avoid alcohol and stop drinking caffeine at least six hours prior to your typical bed time.
- Get your nutrients
Antioxidants from fruits and vegetables help keep your brain healthy. Throw an apple or a banana in your backpack before you head out to study or have a salad with your next slice of pizza. Most importantly, do not skip meals.
- Be active
Physical activity is not just good for your body, but also for your brain. Endorphins released in the brain during physical activity can reduce tension, improve mood, and increase brainpower. Take a walk, turn your music on and dance, or take some time to stretch. If you exercise regularly, keep it up! You’ll reap the benefits more than ever this week.