10 Tips To #OWNFINALS: Without Sacrificing Your Health + Fitness Routine

As warm weather is upon us + our motivation escapes us, finals are quickly approaching. Last minute cramming for projects, papers + exams begin ++ all healthy habits tend to be thrown out the door in exchange for sleepless nights, quick//greasy meals from campus restaurants + a skipped #sweatsesh that you swear you’ll do tomorrow. Somehow finals have the ability to put us under so much pressure + stress they completely wipe out our healthy habits + routines. But why? ++ What can we do to prevent this? Browse through our *healthy living tips to survive finals* to keep your healthy routine in tact!

1] DON’T PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER

*FUN FACT* information is transferred to your long-term memory when your body is in deep sleep — aka if you don’t get a good night’s rest + don’t go into a deep sleep your body will not retain as much information as it could. Sleep is vital to the function of your brain. When you are well rested you will perform better! Start your studying early so you aren’t cramming the night before your final exam.

2] FIT YOUR USUAL #SWEATSESH INTO YOUR SCHEDULE

Do not skip your #SWEATSESH — exercising helps reduce stress! It can also help you burn off any jittery energy + regain your focus for school work. Not to mention you deserve that one-hour time period to have to yourself after all of the hard work you have put into studying!

3] BREAKFAST IS YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND

The saying your mom always told you that *breakfast is the most important meal of the day* is unfortunately so very true. Breakfast is how you fuel your body to take on your whole day ahead. It is so important to give your body the nourishment it needs first thing in the morning to give you sustainable energy throughout your morning. How you start your day will matter when 2 pm rolls around.

4] EAT REGULARLY TO FUEL YOUR BRAIN

Once your breakfast fuel wears off, eating smaller healthy meals more frequently will help sustain your brain fuel. Start with breakfast right when you wake up, then try to eat smaller meals//snacks evenly spaced throughout your day. This will insure you have brain power until you are ready to get your full 8 hours of sleep.

5] HYDRATE

Drink up — H20 that is! Staying hydrated will keep your body healthy, especially with the weather warming up. If you are drinking coffee throughout the day, it’s even more important to stay on your hydration game to promote positive brain function + decrease risk of headache//fatigue.

6] STUDY BREAKS = *ME* TIME

Carving out *me* time is incredibly important during finals week to ensure you’re taking care of your mind just as much as your physical body. During finals it’s crucial to keep your mind clear, so that your brain can function to it’s highest capacity — a little R+R is a must to help regain focus + keep you sane during a stressful week.

7] CAFFEINATE, BUT DON’T OVER CAFFEINATE

Over caffeinating can cause you to become jittery + end in a huge energy crash [probably during your exam]! Stick to your normal amount of caffeine consumption during finals, or find alternative ways to fuel your body [like exercise!]. When in doubt, to avoid over caffeinating, switch to green tea for a natural energy buzz.

8] MAKE A SCHEDULE

Creating a study schedule will help you use your time most efficiently. Sit down + figure out how many hours you need to devote to studying for each final you have. Then look at your weekly schedule + create time in that schedule to meet those studying needs. Personally, I like to study for each final an hour per day leading up to the weekend before finals. Then I will prioritize which classes I should focus on based on what day + time my exam will be given + how well I know the material.

9] KEEP YOUR STUDY ENVIRONMENT DISTRACTION FREE

To absorb the most information you can in one sitting, be sure your study environment is free of any distractions. Find a quiet place on campus, at your apartment//house//dorm or a relaxing outdoor area to study. You will maximize your information intake, while increasing your focus to reduce the time spent studying.

10] DID WE MENTION SLEEP YET?

Just reiterating just how important it is in the weeks leading up to finals to get a full 8 hours of sleep each night!

Don’t allow stress to creep into your healthy routine this semester! Stand your ground + follow the above *healthy living tips to survive finals* ++ not only will you feel better, but you will perform better academically. Leave us comments with any additional tips that will encourage CHAARGies stay healthy during finals week!

++ Delaney [@delaney_inchaarg] // UC CHAARG

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