5 Ways to Practice Self Care During Finals Week
The dreaded finals season is upon us. There will be a spike in sales of Red Bull, and students at MSU will be screaming out of their windows every night during finals week at 12 am. With finals season, comes late night study sessions, all nighters, fatigue, and stress. Although it is important to study hard and finish this semester strong, I want to encourage you to still make it important to take care of your self and don't get to the point of burnout.
Here are five ways to practice self care during finals week:
1. Get rest/take power naps
If you don't take anything else from this post, please take this first tip. Do not pull all-nighters! Pulling an all-nighter is one of the unhealthiest things you can do during finals week and it has more negative effects than positive.
When you pull an all-nighter, your body elevates its levels of cortisol, which can result in stress and mood swings. Obviously if it's finals week, you are already under a lot of stress and pressure so please do not add more. Pulling an all-nighter also makes it harder for you to concentrate and it can make it easier for you to get sick, which is a no go during finals week.
Instead of pulling an all-nighter, opt for taking power naps. You can take 3-4 hour naps in between studying and this will boost your memory, alertness, and cognitive performance. For example, you can study until 12 a.m., then take a nap until 3 or 4, and wake up and finish studying. This is much more effective and doesn't have as many as negative effects as pulling an all-nighter.
2. Go for a walk outside
When most of us are studying for finals, we are holed up in our rooms or the library and sitting at a desk for hours at a time. Exercising is a great way to take a break from studying. Exercising helps to relieve stress and most people feel more motivated and refreshed afterwards.
If you're a person who doesn't like exercising, like me, even going for a walk outside around your dorm building is good for you. Getting fresh air helps improve your blood pressure and heart rate, and it also can give you more energy and greater brain function.
So grab your friends, take a break, and go for a walk!
3. Stay hydrated
This does not mean drinking tons of Red Bull, energy drinks, and coffee. You also need to drink water so that you do not become dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to fatigue which is not what you want if you're drinking a bunch of caffeine anyway. Also, if you want something a little healthier than coffee try green tea or fruit juices that don't contain a lot of sugar. A really good water bottle is the CamelBak. You can get it here on Amazon.
4. Go to stress relief events on campus
I know on my campus all of the dorms hold different stress relief events. Some of them order pizza and cookies, and have games and karaoke set up. Other dorms bring in stress relief dogs. Isn't that amazing? Being able to cuddle a little doggy should take away all of your stress (lol).
Find out if your campus holds any events like this and try to go to at least one!
5. Continue to read your bible, pray, and depend on God
Last, but certainly not least, I recommend that you don't get too busy for God. Don't get too stressed that you stop reading your bible and praying. We can do all things through Christ so depend on God to get you through. 1 Peter 5 tells us to cast all of our anxieties on Him because he cares for us. Even if you don't have the time to sit down and read your bible, try to get in a devotional or just read the Bible app's scripture of the day.
Those are my five tips to help you survive finals week. If you have any other tips comment down below so we all can prosper this semester!