First semester I did finals oh so #wrong. I sacrificed nutrition for the sake of studying, and ended up with an ear infection, a classic sinus cold, and a 103°F fever. Let me tell you, studying under those circumstances is most definitely worse than taking the time to care for your body while studying.
I know I’m not alone in choosing studying over fueling my body, so here is a gentle reminder on how to be successful during finals time.
Hydrate the f*** up! Keep a water bottle with you when you study. Drinking water helps maintain the body’s fluid balance, which transports nutrients to the body and regulates body temperature (yay science!). Don’t want just plain old water? Throw a lemon in from your dining hall.
Take vitamin C
Keeping your immune system strong and healthy is definitely a key to finals success. You can’t overdose on vitamin C, so whatever vitamin C your body doesn’t want will leave promptly on its own. That’s because you are drinking lots of water (wink, wink).
Eat FULL meals
Don’t tell yourself that you don’t have time for full meals or you’re too stressed to eat. You don’t need to sit down and have a full three course meal, but make sure you fill your body with plenty of nutrients, and always try to include some protein.
#SpoonTip: A meal is a great study break and time to de-stress by eating with friends and talking about things OTHER than finals. Scared that you and your friends will sit and chat for hours? Before you sit down, set a time that you need to put your nose back in your book.
Bring fruit from your dining hall to the library
You’re going to need a snack while studying, and it might as well be healthy. Healthy food keeps your body fueled with nutrients that will keep your brain active and alert to study.
#SpoonTip: This is basically getting a free snack, because DUC swipes (or whatever your college calls them) are basically Monopoly money. You have endless amounts of them, so why not take advantage?
Sleep a full 7-8 hours
Craziest idea yet — you actually need sleep to properly function. Yes, I know you think those extra 3-4 hours of studying until 4 am are really going to be your most productive hours of studying, but I promise they’re not.
Getting a full night sleep not only keeps your immune system healthy, but it restores your brain and keeps you happy and attentive the next day. If you go to bed at a reasonable hour, you will avoid brain drain and still be able to spend quality time with your books the next day. Be kind to yourself — your body and mind need a break.
Hopefully, #finalszn is a better one for me this time, as I will be religiously living by these tips. If not, I’ll still see you on the other side, and I have six more attempts to get it right. Follow these tips and we will definitely be successful together.
Need study procrastination? Read this article again, share it with your friends, or discuss over your study break meal how these tips are working for you in your time of need. Don’t worry, you can thank me later.