To counter exam stress, cram in exercise
Many students know that exercise is a great way to relieve stress - that post workout spike in endorphins causes you to leave a workout feeling better than when you started.
What you might not know, however, is that in addition to helping you deal with current stressors, exercise may also bring about physiological changes that help your body deal with future stressors. Check out this Globe and Mail article entitled To counter exam stress, cram in execise.
There are lots of great ways to get active on campus in preparation for final exams
- Stay up to date on daily activity offerings at the Athletics Centre on campus
- The Athletics Centre offers drop in cycle and yoga classes in preparation for exams. Visit Client Services for more details
- With nice weather around the corner, go exploring in the Arboretum
- Take a study break in the library and walk up a few flights of stairs
- Consider walking to campus or getting off the bus at an earlier stop
When adding exercise to your routine, do be sure to listen to your body. As with all types of stressors, you can overdo it
- Make sure to give your body enough time to rest and recover between workouts
- Make sure to take at least 1 or 2 rest days per week
- Make sure to eat often over the course of the day to prevent energy crashes during workouts
Visit the University of Guelph's Mental Well-Being website for more information on Mental Wellness. Also find other healthy living resources on campus and ways to get connected/involved in your campus community for overall mental health and well-being.