It can seem like the right thing to do — staying up late to study, sleeping only a few hours a night, skipping the gym to study more, eating the fastest food to save yourself time. However, our bodies need breaks.
While it may seem like you are saving time, and even energy, in the end we need to take care of our bodies.
But how? How do you manage classes, finals, a social life, and also take care of your body?
Prioritize yourself. You matter. And you know better than anyone what your body needs. if you feel the most productive when you sleep seven to eight hours a night — do it. Schedule your sleep. Sounds crazy, but it can make an enormous difference. Letting your body rest and recharge helps you keep from getting sick, lets your brain comprehend all you have been studying, and makes you a happier person.
Talk to someone. Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is talk. Sure, you could talk to your friends about everything, but why not take advantage of the NYU counseling services available to you? These professionals are the best people to talk to and they are the most likely to know how to help you, no matter what you are dealing with.
Eat well. Sure, your body might have no problems processing those late night burgers and pizzas, but it won’t always be that way. What we learn in college and the routines we develop will stick with us for years to come. Why not make eating well a priority now. Need some suggestions on how to do that? Look here for some doable advice.
Be active. Studying can only be so active when you need a desk, computer, or a lab. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make being active a priority. Try to take a walk every thirty minutes of studying. Not only will this help you study better (hello deadline!) but it will also keep your blood pumping which helps you stay awake. After class, why not walk around a little before heading straight to the library or home? All around NYU is beautiful and it’s here for your enjoyment. Stroll through the park, or down the Mews, or just around the village. Take some time to walk, even if you feel like you don’t have time to go to they gym for a full workout.