This semester’s round of midterms is fast approaching, and, as if you don’t already have enough on your plate, you’re starting to get sick. Did you know the time you spent over-working, stressing, and not sleeping was actually a recipe for disaster.
How can you perform your best if you aren’t feeling your best? Here’s a list of ways to avoid getting sick while amidst exams:
- Wash your hands. This may not directly have anything to do with your study habits, but you tend to get sick if you come into contact with germs. Germs are on all surfaces and the single most effective way of avoiding germs and getting sick is frequent handwashing. When you’re stressed, your immune system can’t fight off these germs, so you end up getting sick from bacteria or viruses that generally wouldn’t harm you.
- Get enough sleep. There’s so much to do, but so little time. We get it; but when you’re starting to get sick, getting sleep is the best way to fight it off. Be productive enough during the day time to guarantee your eight hours of sleep at night.Trust us, your body will thank you later.
- Get a head start. Plan out your important tasks for the week and complete them each day. Splitting up your workload will prevent you from having to cram. You do not want to be forced to cram on the same day that your body decides to give you an extra dose of sickness.
- Eat for energy, eat for fuel. Eat healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, and proteins to keep up your strength. Sugars and starches induce inflammation, so if you’re feeling sick, they may make it worse.
Remember that the most you can do for yourself in a “sicky” situation is to rest and relax. Worst comes to worst, tell your professor that you’re sick. Usually professors will have a make-up exam date for this exact reason. Our advice is it’s better to take the make-up if you already know you aren’t going to perform well on the day of the exam.