Health Tips to Help You Thrive During Finals

Being a student isn’t easy. It is a continuous grind of hard work, sacrifices, and dedication. You have spent hours each day going to school, doing homework, and taking part in group study sessions. Then let’s remember all of the extracurricular activities that you may be a part of or the job that you have. Sometimes it just feels like there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything accomplished. Then comes finals at the end of the term and everything amplifies! Here are four health tips to help any student THRIVE during finals week!

  1. EXERCISE: You may be thinking to yourself, “Exercise? When will I have time to exercise?” The answer is simple, MAKE TIME. Exercise has a TREMENDOUS impact on your brain, especially during finals. Exercise promotes the release of endorphins which help reduce stress and anxiety and help boost your self-esteem. It will also increase your energy level, help you focus, and improve your quality of sleep!
  1. FUEL YOUR BODY: Make sure to eat healthily and often. During finals week, stress can reduce your appetite which makes you skip meals. Don’t let this happen. Your body and brain need fuel to operate and ensure that you don’t fall asleep with your head on the keyboard.
  1. HYDRATE: Energy drinks and other stimulants are often taken in order to stay up late and pull all-nighters. By exercising, fueling your body, and sleeping (next tip) you should negate the want for additional help staying focused and awake. Replace your intake of energy drinks and other stimulants with water. Staying hydrated is crucial for brain function. Carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go and try to drink at least 96 ounces of water a day. You may start taking frequent bathroom visits, but just count them as your study breaks.
  1. SLEEP: Try to keep your sleep cycle as normal as possible. As you get closer to finals week, try to make an effort to go to sleep earlier in the night and wake up earlier in the morning. The morning is the best time to get work done because most people are asleep and it is the quietest time of the day. You may also have an early morning final and you will want your body to feel awake and energized, instead of sleepy and lethargic. If you start going to sleep by 10pm and waking up at 5am you will be more productive. I promise.

Well, there you go. Four tips to help you thrive during finals. I hope these tips help and that you have a successful end to your term!

Ryan Lockard talks about special needs training and tips for exercises.Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CFNS, is the head trainer and founder of Specialty Athletic Training. He is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as by the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) as a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Ryan has worked with individuals with special needs since 2007 and has over 10,000 hours of 1:1 instruction working with individuals that have various special needs.