Yes, I said it. Sleep during finals week. I know what you're thinking. "How the heck am I supposed to sleep during finals week? That's my problem!" Trying to study without sleep is counter productive. It's okay to take a break, take a nap, get refreshed, so you can focus again.
2. Drink lots of water
I partially use this as a distraction to break up my gaze on the computer screen, but a study published in the American Society for Nutrition has shown that keeping hydrated can keep your mood happy, and keep your mind clear and realisitic of the task at hand. The study was only done on women, but it's pretty likely that the findings would apply to men too. Even a slight bit of dehydration can get you feeling like you're in the slumps. The problem that you're dealing with will also seem more difficult than it acually is. Being low on your water level, can cause you to loose your concentration and even cause headaches. Drink up that agua!
3. Set realistic goals
You know that 8 page paper you're dreading writing? Start working on it a little bit at a time. Set a goal for yourself to write the outline in one hour. The introductory paragraph in 30 minutes and so on... Give yourself time limits for each task. That way you can measure your progress. Breaking down your big goal of writing that paper into smaller more achievable goals makes the project that much easier!
4. Find a study buddy
A good study buddy is one who keeps you accountable for your work, but is also down for a study break with laughs and conversations. Timing your breaks is a good way to make sure you get back on track too.
5. Make a comfortable study space
Lots of light, a glass of water, and some concentrating aiding music goes a long way! My favorite Pandora stations for this is "Yoga" and "Electronic for Studying." A clean room helps you concentrate better too. Who can focus with all of that clutter? The clutter that surrounds you will become the clutter inside your mind. You'll focus better after you clean up. And that dance party you throw yourself when you clean (I know you do it too..) will help get the oxygen flowing to your brain.
Exercising is a powerful mechanism for getting you back on that focused track. When you do cardio exercise, you get that heart pumping, that blood flowing, those lungs breathing, and that oxygen circulating. (yay anatomy and physiology!) This means that you'll get more oxygen to the organs that need it most, which causes them to be re-energized. Oxygen to the brain= more focus for you!
7. Stress Relief Complex
This is product is definitely one of my favorite herbal supplements from Shaklee. I've been using it for awhile and I (and my friends & family) can tell the days when I don't take it. It helps you feel calm and alert, The ingredients that give the releiving effects are L-theanine, ashwagandha, beta sitosterol, and L-tyrosine.
You can get your own here.
8. Vitamin B's
Vitamin B's help you feel energized (but they don't actually give you energy). They play an important role in energy metabolism which helps turn the energy from food into usable body energy. Be careful not to over do it though, too much from supplements can be toxic to your health and cause nerve damage.
9. Some laughter
Laughter has been shown countless times to reduce stress. You know those little breaks you use caroosing the internet on those silly sites? They could actually help your productivity if it really makes you bust out a laugh. Keep in mind not to let yourself get distracted and set a atimer allowance for internet/ video surfing. 15 minutes is plenty!
I hope now that you know a little more about how to take it easy and keep focused, you'll do better on your finals. Good luck!
In love and health,