Finals Week Self-Care






















Hi friends!

So if you're like me and you're on the tail end finishing up your semester, whether that be undergraduate, graduate or even law school it can be tough to balance everything. This past week alone I had four presentations, an exam, two sorority engagements and a plethora of group project meetings. 

Saying it was rough is an understandment, but I made it through. In fact I'd say I made it through even better than I have in some semesters. Remind me to tell y'all the chicken nugget story from my freshman year. But I think what truly made all the difference was that this year I made a concious decesion to talk care of myself through this busy time. I'm not going to say it's the easiest thing to do, but it was well worth it in the end.


1. Find time to eat

One of my worst habits is forgetting to eat whenever I get too busy. It's such an awful habit because sometimes I'll get to the end of the day and realize I've only eaten once. At first I didn't believe that not eating was all that bad, until I realized that lightheadedness and shaky hands is no way to study, take an exam or really to do anything else. To combat this habit, I started setting timers throughout the day that reminded me to have a snack or grab lunch. I truly think all my presentations went so much better beacuse I wasn't literally running on vapors.

2. Take study breaks

When you're in the middle of a busy season it can be incredibly difficult to feel like you can take a break. I'm incredibly prone to working myself hours on end without once taking a break, well not this finals season! Study breaks can look different for everyone, maybe your thing is taking time out to watch a quick show on Netflix or read a book. For me I made an effort to go work out for at least an hour almost everyday. it was an amazing way to blow off steam and still feel like I was at least somewwhat in control of my schedule.

3. Run your work by someone else

So this one is a bit more of a grades tip, but I've found when you've been staring at something for so long it can be really easy to think it looks a lot better than it actually does.  For instance, this past week I put together a powerpoint I thought for sure that I was ready to present only to do a run through and find out it was full of typos. So do yourself a favor and allow people to check your work. It'll only help in the long run!

I truly hope these tips will help you get through your busy finals season! I'll see ya soon with a new post.

Until next time,
Autumn

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