Be kind to yourself

We are entering the beginning of winter, and the beginning of finals, and

that means stress, cold, colds, and lots of work. Here are some important tips to help you stay afloat this finals season…

Sleep! Getting enough sleep is probably one of the most important and reliable ways to make sure you stay healthy and sane in this crazy time. Give your mind and body ample time to relax and repair itself, to ensure you don’t get sick and can stay concentrated on your work. Pulling an all-nighter to study is not always the best decision- sometimes you just need to put your book down and get some shut eye. Extra rest can be even more beneficial than trying to cram information into your skull and will make sure you are alert for that big test.

Stay fueled. Make sure you are eating enough and not skipping meals- I know things can get hectic and it’s tempting to study through lunch, but creating a calorie deficit will just come back to bite you (lol) later. Use meal times as a chance to refuel, relax, and reset.

Take time for you. When you are planning out all of your tasks and tests to study for, don’t

forget to budget time for yourself. Whether it be to sleep a little extra, hang out with friends, or watch some Netflix, don’t downplay the importance of doing things you enjoy and giving

yourself a bit of a break.

Get some exercise. Exercise is always a great way to relieve stress and reset your mind,

and body, when you’ve been staring at the same page of your chem textbook for 3 hours and just can’t take it anymore. Hop up, go to the gym, go on a walk, get outside and just move around a bit.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to others. Everyone is going through the same stressful time as you. Instead of getting irritated with others, and taking out your stress on your friends, use each other as support systems, and commiserate in a cathartic and constructive way. Remember, you are not alone! Also use resources on campus such as the ARC (Academic Resource Center) or the counseling center- they are always happy to help 🙂

Give yourself some grace. Just do your best, that’s all you can do, and don’t get caught up in trying to do everything all the time. Take a deep breath. You got this.

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