Finals are here. You might be stressed, ready to pull your hair out, and craving to be back home. It’s time to crank it up, and cram that last minute knowledge for finals. It can be stressful, but you CAN make it. Check out the tips below to help you stay centered!
Eat Wholesome Foods
Food is very important, especially around test time. You cannot just drink coffee to survive. In order to keep your stress levels low eat green leafy vegetables containing folate. This helps your body create mood-regulating neurotransmitters to help keep you calm during this stressful time of the year. Other “brain foods” known to help are salmon, turkey breast, blueberries, pistachios, and dark chocolate.
Although it might seem cliché, meditation can help heal the mind, body, and soul. Slowing down your breathing and focusing on what topic you are studying for can help strengthen your memory and solidify information into your brain. You can also use meditation to clear your mind and release yourself from the stress of all the studying you’ve been doing already. Namaste!
The best two-for-one stress reliever is exercise! Help your body and mind at the same time. Exercising releases hormones in your brain that relax you. You also will be keeping your body in shape and maintaining your overall health. The chemicals your body releases are called endorphins that act as natural painkillers, in turn helping you sleep and be less stressful.
Get a Good Amount of Sleep
As previously said, sleep helps reduce stress because you are giving your brain time to relax. Sleeping in complete darkness with no background noises will give you the most out of your night’s rest. The recommended amount of sleep is 8 hours, so aim as close as you can to that to avoid falling into sleep debt.
Study with a friend
Studying alone works for some, but if you’re anything like me, you might be cursed with the attention span of a peanut. Study with someone in your class and quiz each other to help you not only remember for the test, but have peer support to lower your stress. If you have no mutual classmates to study with, teach someone else your subject matter. This proves you know the material, gives you confidence and reduces stress that comes from not feeling prepared for an upcoming test.
Man’s Best Friend… and Stress Reliever?
Many universities and high schools around the country have initiated dog visits during test time, why you ask? Well, dogs help reduce stress on humans! Simply petting or playing with an animal can increase the release of oxytocin, a stress-reducing hormone, in your body. If your school doesn’t supply this service visit your local animal shelter or pet store and request to pet or play with an animal. This not only benefits you, but dogs without families don’t receive nearly enough attention so your visit boosts their mood and yours!