We all know how stressful the last few weeks of the semester can be. Between finishing regular class assignments and preparing for final exams, things can get a little hectic. OK, maybe a little more than a little, but we shouldn’t let our health suffer. Actually, studies show that staying active and eating healthy can help to keep stress under control, and even help us perform better during finals week. As most things though, it’s much easier said than done, right? Well, with a little planning and preparation you can fit the gym into your schedule, eat healthy, and still do well on your finals.
Here are a few tips to stay on track the next few weeks.
- Make a schedule
I am a schedule-oriented person. If I write down a list of things to do, I am much more likely to get them done in a timely manner. Finals week is extremely stressful, but if you make a study schedule and stick to it, you are more likely to get things done without pulling an all-nighter. I am a junior in college and I still have never pulled an all-nighter for a final. Sacrificing sleep is not an option. Most importantly, don’t forget to schedule in your workout! It isn’t necessary to workout every day, but a few times during the week will help you relax, and who doesn’t want to relax a little during finals week?
- Pre-make your meals and snacks for the week
You are a lot less likely to go for the bag of Doritos or to order Domino’s if you have ready-to-eat meals in your fridge. It only takes about two hours to meal prep for an entire week! Just two hours. If you can fit Netflix in your schedule, you can meal prep. Multi-tasking is a blessing. Just don’t forget to set a timer or you may spend some time with your local fire department!
- Make flashcards and take them to the gym
This may be my favorite trick to staying on track during finals week. While you won’t be able to lift, it’s still a good way to get some studying in while burning a few extra calories. I learn better when I physically write things down, so I take actual notecards with me, but you can also make them online on sites like Quizlet and then all you need is your phone or tablet. Running may not be the best idea, but you can walk, spin, bike, use the elliptical, or even the stair master.