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5 Healthy Things You Can Do to Keep You Thriving During Finals Week

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UWF chapter.

Finals are coming! It’s important to keep the mind and body in tip-top shape. Here are a few tips to keep you focused and ready before and during finals week. Let the games begin!

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that exercise is good for you. It’s also great to relieve stress. Lucky for you, UWF has an amazing gym free for students. Even if you don’t go to the gym, take a study break and walk around for thirty minutes. Movement gets the blood flowing and will help keep you focused.

2. Sleep

I cannot stress this tip enough! I see too many college students studying all night, drinking too much coffee (yes there is such a thing as too much coffee), and struggling to focus during their final. Do yourself a favor and sleep. Your mind and body need the rest. Plus, if you sleep, you will retain more of what you study.

3. Hydrate

Caffeine is not water. Drink lots of water before and during finals week. You will have more energy and feel better. Most of us can admit to not drinking enough water but staying hydrated is a great habit to start and maintain.

4. Power Snacks

Stop eating sugar and start eating some protein. Instead of Snickers, eat almonds, fruits, and vegetables. They will keep you fuller longer and won’t cause a sugar crash. Plus, fruits and vegetables are just good for you.

5. Take Breaks

Don’t be afraid to break-up the study session. Reward yourself. For every hour you study, give yourself a ten-minute break. At the end of the day, take deep breaths an unwind. Just remember, exams are just tests. They are not a reflection of who you are or your capability as a person. You can do great things. Just relax: You got this.

Abigail is a Journalism and Political Science major minoring in Spanish. She has a penchant for puns and can't go a morning without listening to NPR's Up First podcast. You can usually find her dedicating time to class work, Her Campus, College to Congress, SGA or hammocking. Her dream job is working as a television broadcast journalist on a major news network. Down time includes TED talk binges, reading and writing. You can follow Abigail on instagram and Twitter @abi_meggs