Easy Steps and Tips from Duquesne Health Service: Staying Healthy for Exams!

PROTECT YOURSELF

  • College students have an increased risk of acquiring an illness due to close contact in residence halls and public space. REGULARLY WASH YOUR HANDS! The FLU has not yet arrived at Duquesne…it is not too late to get your FLU SHOT! Call Health Service, 412.296.1650, or Center for Pharmacy Care, 412.396.2155, today!

EXERCISE

  • Many studies have shown exercise improves cognitive function. Who knew activity or gym time could help your grades… but 20-30 minutes of mild to moderate exercise every other day works!  Studies say this will increase vascularization and oxygen utilization in your body giving you more overall energy.

SLEEP

  • Be sure to give your body the rest it needs, especially during stressful times. Get 7-9 hours of sleep a night.
  • Try not to drink caffeine after 2 or 3 p.m..  If you’ve built up a tolerance and don’t feel it, caffeine stays in your system for up to 8 hours interrupting your biological sleep patterns. This means if you drink caffeine at 6 pm, it can be active until 2 a.m.!

 

NUTRITION

  • Your brain works hard when you are studying, be sure to return the favor by fueling it with nutritious foods.
  • On your fourth cup of coffee this morning, but just can’t wake up? Try a glass of water instead. Caffeine can dehydrate you, and if you are dehydrated you’ll feel tired no matter how many lattes you drink!

STRESS & ANXIETY

  • Make sure you schedule study breaks to prevent burn out. Remember, this isn’t a sprint to the finish; it’s a marathon so pace yourself!
  • Try to focus on what is directly ahead of you and break larger tasks down into steps.

SOCIAL

  • Study groups are a great two for one deal, especially during finals time. You get stuff done and you get to hang out with friends.

SPIRITUAL

  • Remember why you are doing the things you are doing and what drives your passion. Imagine yourself   \already having accomplished them and what it will feel like if you start to lose your drive. Take time to reflect and pray.