5 Tips for Staying Healthy During Finals

During exam preparation, take time to focus on personal well-being. It’s easier to get A’s when you’re feeling your best.

Here are five tips to help you achieve your study goals while maintaining your health during the next couple weeks.

  1. Sleep
    Remember to get a good night’s rest before and while preparing for exams. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a restful sleep improves learning, attention, and problem-solving ability. Young adults should get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Avoid all-nighters by studying in advance and scheduling time for rest.
  2. Eat
    Certain foods boost brainpower and productivity while other foods decrease focus and lead to sluggishness. In the grocery store or dining halls, make smart food choices. Look for avocados, nuts, leafy greens, berries, and dark chocolate. These foods will help your body and brain perform at their best.
  3. Take a Break
    To avoid a study burnout, try taking a break every 50 to 90 minutes. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that students who took more breaks had the highest mental stamina at the end of a brain-intensive task. To schedule breaks, try an app like Procrastination Timer or StudyTime. Rest periods will keep you happy and focused while studying.
  4. Move
    The Campus Recreation Center will offer free group fitness classes from Dec. 12–14. Make the most of your study breaks by getting up and active. View the schedule below for a full list of times and classes.
  5. Drink Water
    Caffeinated beverages such as coffee and energy drinks and popular choices during study time, but they are not exactly what the body needs. It is recommended to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Try carrying a reusable water bottle to Clough or the Library. With the water placed on your desk, you will be reminded to drink.

To relieve stress, the Office of Graduate Studies recommends seven campus resources and student groups that can help. 

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