Healthy Finals

Tips for Healthy Testing

Finals can be a difficult time for students, and the campus stress levels tend to rise. We offer these tips to share with your student to help them cope, survive and finish strong:

Get enough sleep.
It is never healthy to pull an all-nighter. If that happens, schedule in a nap. Sleep will improve the quality and retention of studying. Your student should aim to get eight hours of sleep on a regular basis, which will help to relieve stress, increase alertness during classes and improve focus when studying.

Exercise breaks can relieve stress. Exercise also helps students to mentally focus, provides additional energy, and releases those natural pain and stress fighting endorphins. Even just 20 minutes of cardio a day can help improve memory.

Fuel the body.
A car cannot run on an empty tank. Healthy foods help fuel the brain while studying. But all too often, students reach for junk foods like candy and pop that deliver an instant “sugar high”, but leave energy and concentration crashing shortly thereafter. Better ideas to keep energy up and concentration on task are choices like light popcorn, crunchy apples, or nuts. 

Stay well hydrated with plenty of water and fresh fruits and veggies - and be sure to skip the caffeine after noon, as it can disrupt sleep quality which is essential to getting those lessons to stick. 

How about a massage?
Visit our certified massage therapist and work out that stress! Health Services offers appointments on Thursdays from noon to 2:30 pm. Call ahead and book your time. More information can be found here.    

Meditation Podcasts?
Mindfulness meditation has been shown to relieve stress and help with relaxation. In addition to its many health benefits — lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, and boosting your immune system — meditation has been shown to improve focus and memory, which can be especially helpful during finals. The Wellness Center offers weekly meditations on Wednesday at noon, and podcasts available online anytime.