The final exams are coming up. (Insert angry exclamation here)
You’ll start writing up notes, going over old assignments, joining study groups and memorising as much as your brain will let you. With all the stress and anxiety that comes with exam preparation, staying healthy is often placed as a lower priority. When the exam day finally rolls around, many students find themselves with a cold or flu, or just flat out exhausted due to sleep deprivation. Coffee and Red Bull do not help, despite our desperate claim to the contrary.
Think about it – you really don’t want to delay doing an exam. Once everything is over and done with, you can finally relax. Nobody wants to be stuck inside studying while their friends celebrate with champagne, singing and overenthusiastic dance moves.
Here are my tips on staying healthy while preparing for your exams:
- Drink plenty of water. Try to give up your daily dose of soft drinks, energy drinks and coffee (yes, even coffee). Your body is made up of 70% water so give it what it wants.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. To save previous study time, many of us tend to purchase junk food for our 3 daily meals over the exam period. Take the time to cook yourself a nutritious and carefully-portioned meal. The extra energy will help you to think more clearly – if you over-do it with a full roast dinner you’ll put yourself in a food coma.
- Start studying early. Cramming is unhealthy, as it leads to all-night study sessions and mass consumption of caffeinated beverages.
- Ensure you sleep at least 7 hours every night. Personally, I am a nightmare if I don’t get a full 11 hours – do everybody a favour and just go to bed.
- Exercise regularly. If you can find at least 30 minutes during the day to do something active – a jog, a swim, an intensive yoga session – you’ll be more energised and focused afterwards.
So, there you have my tips. It’s important to remember that healthy eating/living doesn’t just apply to the exam period, but all the time. Take a lesson from this blog and you’ll be one of those students singing and dancing when the torture is finally over.