In honor of National Women's Health Week, here are some tips from our Collegiate Perspective Blogger, Alison Parker (Theta Iota, James Madison), on how collegiate members can stay healthy during final exams!
Most collegiate members, including myself, have either just completed final exams or will be completing them in the coming weeks. As a student, I can attest to the fact that we are not our usual selves this time of year. We stay at the library through late hours of the night, and in order to compensate for sleep deprivation, we consume multiple cups of coffee to stay alert and awake. Unfortunately, the combination of little sleep and caffeine affects our bodies much more than we think.
No matter how much studying or work we have to complete, there is always time to take a break. Our muscles take the toughest toll during finals week. As we sit at the table or computer studying, hours can pass with improper posture. This can cause muscle tension and poor circulation, leading to backaches, neck aches and headaches. Be sure to take frequent breaks, whether you go to grab a drink of water, use the restroom or visit another friend in the library. Also, consider setting aside time for a daily trip to the gym, even if it's only for ten minutes. A quick run on the treadmill will work away stress and release endorphins, leaving you refreshed and awake, both physically and mentally.
For those beginning finals this week, it is understandable how busy you are, but there’s always time to take care of yourself and still study hard. Just remember: grades are extremely important, but so is your health! Take care of your mind and body, and you’ll thank yourself as you start summer off on the right foot.
Stay tuned to Alpha Phi's Fraternity/Foundation social media outlets for more posts and information on National Women's Health Week, happening through May 14.
Alison Parker is a sophomore at James Madison University (Theta Iota).