It’s finals week at temple university and because this is my fourth week.of college finals I have developed a pretty solid method of dealing with the anxiety of the season. Here is my survival list to avoiding a panic attack during the biggest week of the year…
1. Exercise often and do it outside of the dorm
Exercise is the guilt-free version of procrastination.
2. Throw in some yoga
Maybe the yoga instructor within me is biased towards this method of stress releif, but really taking time to be mindful can help your brain to not fill up too fast and actually increase your productivity.
3. Take breaks for snacks and make them healthy.
My personal favorite is a bagel with provolone cheese and apple slices
4. Stock up on different types of teas
Black for caffeine, green for health, herbal for relaxation, and if you are a science major you might also want to pick up some ginger for nausea.
5. Don’t isolate yourself
Although locking yourself in your room may seem like the best idea, being alone is often the worst thing you could possibly do during study week. Being alone can lead to anxiety, nervousness and depression. Don’t do it. Or do it for small periods of time. But on the other hand, it is important to keep in mind what kind of friends you want around you during this time… It might not be wise to spend an evening with your party friends when you need to memorize physics formulas.
6. Dress comfortable, but don’t look like a scrub
It’s true that you want to be able to be comfortable during your studying but looking like a complete slob can lower self-confidence thereby making a person more prone to depression and anxiety. Two emotions that really should be avoided during finals.
I realize that earlier in the post I said to take breaks for healthy snacks, but for my hypoglycemic self this is not enough. A constant stream of sugar (not too much!) can actually help focus your brain and avoid sugar crashes that will lead to binge eating later on. This is why I pop sour jellybeans while I study my hardest subjects. It keeps my brain awake and focused and gives me a little treat to look forward to at then end of every page.
8. Have a pump up playlist for when you need a pick-me-up
It is recommended that during studying you listen only to classical music. Scientists say this is best for your brain. However, when you just gave two hours of your life to a subject you don’t care about sometimes you need a little mood booster. Blast the music that is closest to your heart, or the music that makes you feel sufficiently bad ass to help you take on that last minute paper.
9. Treat yourself
Insomnia cookies has great sales during finals season! And there is nothing wrong with a little chocolatey reward to keep you going during long nights in the books.
10. Know this is all temporary
The Buddhist in me. A good philosophy for life in general. One day the test will be over. And that will be that.
Good luck and may the curve be forever in your favor.
Waking up on a saturday is never easy, especially when you have a day of studying ahead and a pounding headache. Today I woke up to a phone call for a job interview. Gave me a push of optimism that one day I will be able to afford real ingredients…. The good life.
So after a spongebob squarepants episode worth of calisthenics, it was time to give my stomach something to keep it occupied.
Egg, tomato, provolone cheese melt
Using a tomato slice instead of a bagel to put my egg on top was absolutely delicious. Gave it more flavor and texture while completely cutting out carbs. I also loaded it with black pepper as an extra metabolism boost and kept the yolk runny. Just for fun 🙂
Just what you need the day after… Fat, grease, and protein. Just don’t forget the green tea!
Now study time until I finally get to see my one true love later tonight… J Cole.
So, today while I was in the cafe I happened to run into my favorite student yoga teacher. I started up a conversation with her asking about how she got her certification and that led me to sign up for a weekend long certification class that begins at the end of May. I immediately applied for a yoga teacher job as well at my school’s gym. Instructor certified here I come????
This being said my workout today was a simple yoga routine.
It was the best way to calm my pre-final nerves and end the last week of the semester on a mindful note.
To end my yoga workout I needed a quick energy snack…
I decided on half a bagel with peanutbutter and banana, half with honey and banana and loaded them both up with cinnamon on top. Just what I needed.
Atmosphere is everything. Studying in the dorm is unfriendly, lonely, and way too quiet. That’s why I came to the barnes and noble cafe. Even though it is filled with crazy people singing hall and oates and the temptations of cakes and frappacinos, it is my favorite place to do work…
And eat of course.
But it is not just where you eat but how you do it. Drinking normal coffee and eating normal salad is just not for me… This is why I always bring my own temple university coffee cup, add cinnamon and mocha powder to my eco-friendly drink, and most importantly eat my salad with chopsticks.
Everyone knows eating is about style not just content. Especially in public. Using chopsticks are not only the ultimate in cool but allow you to prove your cross-cultural skills. Chopsticks enhance the eating experience making it more fun and more unique. They make every bite count and most importantly, chopsticks are a useful way to force yourself to slow down and take life one craisin at a time.