Finals week.  A week of elevated stress levels, no sleep, and poor eating habits.  It may seem like there is no time for sleep or exercise while cramming in a semesters worth of information, but there is more time than you think.  Instead of watching an episode of your favorite TV show as a study break, why not go out and take a short walk or hit the gym.  When I get to the point where I am reading the same sentence over and over I know it’s time to step away from the books and get up and moving.  One of the perks of being a college student is a free gym membership at the gym on campus, finals week is a great time to take advantage of that membership to get a change of scenery.  Exercising during study breaks is gives me more energy so that when I hit the books again I am more productive.  A lot of times students cope with stress by eating junk.  It starts off as a few chips and then before you know it the entire bag is gone.  Exercise is a great, healthy alternative to relieving stress, and you can do it in the same amount of time, or less, than it took you to down the bag of chips and you’ll feel a whole lot better too.

Stress is inevitable during finals week and tea is a wonderful stress reliever.  I personally enjoy peppermint tea mixed with roobios tea when I am stressed.  It helps calm me down and also it helps me sleep better at night so that when I wake up in the morning for the big test day, I am calm and well rested.

I don’t have any new recipes or pictures this week but I do have a list of healthy snacks that are simple and perfect for the craziness of finals week, or any stressful week for that matter.

  • bananas
  • baby carrots and hummus
  • cheese stick and pretzels
  • clementines
  • yogurt, granola, and fruit slices
  • apple slices and peanut butter
  • granola bars

Due to finals week this week this is a short post, but I hope that some of the information helps you all cope with a stressful week.  To those of you who are reading this that also have finals this week, I wish you the best of luck!