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Monday, December 8, 2014

Five Tips for Healthy Studying During Finals

Monday, December 8, 2014 | 3:53 PM Posted by Northeastern Dining , , , , No comments
It is that time of year again – finals week. Now that you are right in the middle of final exams, papers, and projects, keep in mind that during this time it is even more important than usual to get enough sleep, stay physically active, and make healthy food choices.

Many people find that when they are stressed they eat more than planned. In 2010, a study from the University of Michigan found that when levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) increased – even in healthy, non-stressed adults – they tended to eat more snack foods. Here are five tips to keep you healthy as you head into winter break!

Take breaks when you think you need them
Too much stress can disrupt your efforts of being organized. Take a break when you think you need one! Even if it is as simple as taking a 10-minute walk or making a quick phone call to a friend any little break will help to reset your brain and body.

Avoid too much caffeine
Caffeine may give you a quick boost but don't overdo it! If you drink too many caffeinated beverages it may increase dehydration as these beverages may end up taking the place of water or other hydrating beverages. Also avoid caffeinated beverages in the late afternoon as this could disrupt your sleep at night.

Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day
Avoid long stretches between meals and snacks. If you go longer than four hours without eating you will begin to feel fatigued, which may result in decreased concentration.

Pre-plan meals and snacks
When you plan ahead it can help you cut down on making impulsive less healthy choices. This will help keep you focused on the task at hand and not worrying about your next meal.

Limit consumption of high-fat and high sugar snacks
These foods can zap your energy level. It is important to keep your energy level up by choosing healthy snacks as often as possible.

High-energy snack options
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • Apple with peanut butter
  • Low-fat yogurt with fruit or whole grain crackers
  • Carrots and hummus
  • Low-fat pudding
  • Vegetable soup
  • A handful of trail mix
  • A handful of almonds
  • A bowl of cereal
  • Oatmeal made with milk
  • A piece of fruit
We would like to wish all of our students the best of luck during finals week – you're almost there!

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