During the school year, you may experience high levels of anxiety, struggle with time-management, and consider compromising your physical health in an effort to ensure academic success. Good nutrition and proper sleep, combined with physical activity and stress management, will help you achieve at your fullest potential. Below you will find a few tips to consider to support you during finals.
When you wake up, eat something nutritious. Opt for a bowl of whole grain, high-fiber cereal, fresh fruit, and a hard-boiled egg. The better the meal, the better you’ll feel thus helping your memory. Snack on carrots and celery instead of chocolate or chips. Healthy snacks will energize you and you will avoid a sugar crash.
Take time to breathe and relax
Take a moment and make sure you are breathing deeply. Oxygen flowing to your muscles will keep them from tensing. Relax with a quick stretch over your entire body (toes, arches, ankles, calves, quads, hamstrings, hips, pelvis, abs, chest, lower back, middle back, upper back, shoulders, triceps, biceps, forearms, wrists, fingers, neck, and scalp); this will take just two minutes and can really help you relax.
You might think you don't have time for exercise --- think again! Exercise helps you focus, it gives you additional energy, and it releases endorphins that make you feel better.
Get plenty of rest
The night before an exam, go to bed early! Staying up all night to cram is not helpful. Study an hour or so before bed, and then take some time to relax before you go to bed for the night. A good night sleep will help you feel refreshed for your finals.