By: Marissa Hart
It’s getting to be that time of year again; the leaves are changing, candy is everywhere, pumpkins are appearing on doorsteps, and… you’re entirely bored of your classes. It’s that quarter-year slump. So, until we get to Thanksgiving break, here are some tips to keep your momentum going. I know you probably hear these things all the time, but as a peer, these have really helped me. Give them a chance.
1.) Study with natural light during the day. You have a natural rhythm with day and night, called your circadian rhythm. It’s what keeps you awake during the day and generally lulls you to sleep at night. Getting enough sunlight (vitamin d) will also help keep things like cancer away later in life, help you from getting sick, and generally keep your body running well. Your body will thank you, and it’ll be way easier to be productive during the day. (It REALLY boosts your concentration! See source seven for more.)
2.) Sleep really is your friend! Going to bed at 3 am will seriously screw up your body’s natural day/night cycles and make you super tired. When you’ve got tests, difficult classes, or that presentation coming up, you need all the sleep you can get. (I’m in college too, so I know how hard it can be!). Going to bed between 11 and midnight and keeping up a routine will help get you keep you alert and productive.
3.) Eat fruit every chance you get. Seriously! Berries especially will give you natural energy throughout the day. Just like sleep cycles, you also have a blood sugar cycle. Your body can easily digest and gather the sugar inside that it needs to run smoothly. Refined or artificial sugar can interfere with this, so try your best to avoid them. Once you have breakfast, your body digests the sugars and nutrients from your food, and you get hungry again when blood sugar dips. Citrus fruits (except grapefruit) help fight off illness during cold and flu season. Substituting an orange or banana instead of candy, a raw fruit/natural bar, or making a smoothie are quick ways to eat breakfast and get your body going. (Read more about grapefruit and medicine in sources five and six.)
Be kind to your body, and getting through the quarter-year slump will be much easier! Best of luck!