I actually managed to avoid study binges during my finals this semester (which is new since I ALWAYS give in during finals)
Some recommendations I have:
1. Drink tons of water. It's great in that it simultaneously keeps you hydrated, which keeps your brain working at top capacity, and prevents you from snacking when you're just thirsty. The brain often confuses thirst with hunger (as I'm sure you have already heard)
2. While this does take time, you should buy some veggies and cut and separate them into little bags, so that you have an allotted amount of healthy snack food for a study session. I made some low-fat spicy hummus to go along with carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and sugar snap peas. One sandwich-bag full is enough to snack on during a 4-hour study session at least. Having the allotted amount also prevents over eating.
For me, I stay focused easier when I have something to munch on, and veggies are always a good choice.
3. Don't give in to buying the high-sugar and high-fat snacks. Sure, they taste good (especially when you're stressed), but you'll most likely hit a sugar crash half way into your study session and then it's all over. Substitute the chocolate and potato chips for healthier alternatives, like chopped apples or low-sodium wheat thins!
4. Finally, avoid energy drinks. I can't say avoid coffee (because that would be completely hypocritical), but if you do drink coffee, don't get the Venti quadruple-shot white mocha with whip cream. Try a simple nonfat, unflavored latte (I choose soy), or a cup of strong drip coffee with some added soy milk and sweetener. Trust me- at the end of the night you'll feel better because you won't have a terrible sugar rush, and you'll be more productive over-all. If you can drink some strong black tea instead of coffee, that's even better! I like Earl Grey with a little bit of plain soy milk added. It even tastes good when it gets cold!
GOOD LUCK with your finals!! (:
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