It’s that time of the semester again where exams and papers are really starting to hit full force. Many of us are in the beginning of mid-term season, and while it’s very important to stay on top of studying to get those As, it’s just as important to take care of yourself. To help you find ways to take care of yourself during this stressful time of the semester, here’s a list of things you can do to stay healthy physically and mentally.
Take study breaks
It’s easy to get really caught up in schoolwork, but you should still remember to give yourself a break now and then, which can really make a difference during those long hours of studying. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself too much, so reading a chapter from a book for leisure or watching the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy are great and relaxing ways to give your mind some rest.
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Find a few minutes to meditate
It is also important to practice mindfulness in order to keep track of your mental health, and you can do so through meditation. Taking as little as 5 minutes every day to sit in a quiet space can really help you relax and put your mind at ease.
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There are numerous gyms around campus where students can get a quick workout in to energize and de-stress. Schenley Park is also super close to campus, and you can go there for a run or a walk with a friend. Both options are great to help you relax mentally when exams are coming up.
Rewarding yourself is a great way to not only stay motivated while studying, but also brighten your mood. After putting yourself through all the hard work of studying, you definitely deserve to pick up a pint of your favorite ice cream or go out with your friends!
Eat healthy foods
While it’s tempting to drink coffee instead of water, or eat a bagel instead of an apple, a crucial part of being healthy mentally and physically is eating healthy foods. Consuming the right nutrients will help your brain function effectively and will keep you full and satisfied, so a rumbling stomach will be one less thing that will distract you while studying for those exams or writing those papers.
Get a good amount of sleep
This is easier said than done, and even though it seems like we college students can never get enough of this, it’s still important to get those seven to nine hours of sleep every night. This is the ideal amount of sleep for higher exam performance and quality of studying.
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Go to self-care events on campus
Pitt hosts plenty of events that can help you de-stress throughout exams. The Stress-Free Zone on the third floor of the William Pitt Union is also a great place where you can partake in yoga classes or sit and meditate in a quiet room.