Are you or someone you know preparing for exams? Here are some tips to share about staying healthy during this stressful time at school:
·Sleep. We know it’s tempting to pull all-nighters when you are preparing for an exam, but it is proven that getting sleep is more beneficial to your success than those unproductive, very late nights of studying.
·Exercise. Whether it’s walking, running, yoga, a dance class or ultimate Frisbee, moving your body will help to give you energy and relieve tension.
·Remember to eat – and not just junk food. Your body and brain need sustenance to focus and retain information.
·Take advantage of office hours. Your professors are there for you – don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help with your work when you need it.
·There’s no magic pill. Misusing prescription drugs is not an effective or safe strategy to get through finals. Research shows that students who take un-prescribed stimulants to study or stay awake do worse academically than those who don’t.
·There's good stress and bad stress. If you are feeling so overwhelmed or anxious that it's difficult to concentrate, sleep, eat or participate in your usual activities, please talk to a counselor or an advisor.
·Do your best. It may not be possible to ace every test, and that is OK. Try your hardest and be proud that you did.
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If you feel you are in crisis and cannot access your school's counseling service you can call 1-800-273-TALK.