1. Take breaks frequently
Breaks help keep the mind fresh from staring at a computer or textbook for multiple hours in a day. Breaks can be 5 minutes, a few hours, or anywhere in between depending on your study habits. Pencil in some time for a break so you can recharge your batteries and relax a little bit. Once you feel recharged, you will be more than ready to tackle the next item on your to-do list.
2. Please sleep and eat
I have seen lately pictures that state how we should not be glorifying sacrifices to our health while we are in school, and I completely agree with this sentiment. Nothing good comes out of depriving yourself of food and sleep. In fact, studies have shown that the effects of sleep deprivation are equivalent to getting drunk. Additionally, without food, your sense of control will continue to wane until you finally give in to your hunger. Personally, while I have done some of these self-destructive behaviors, I would not recommend it nor glorify it because, while you may receive good academic results as a result of the sacrifice, your personal health suffers and your body will spend days trying to recover (studies have also shown that sleeping a little one day and sleeping more the next day does not “make up” the hours you lost the previous night; it takes around 4-5 days for the body to return to its normal sleep cycle).
3. Keep your head up
While finals season does seem eternal in length, there is an end. In a few weeks, the exams will begin and end, and they will not have to be conquered for another few months. I believe in thinking something into existence. If you want something, you have to believe you will achieve it, and if you put the work in, you will achieve what you are working towards. School is temporary, but your health will matter more in the long run.
- Ricardo Canelo