My relationship with finals was not the best, by the end of the semester I usually ended up with a cold or physical exhaustion until I used everything that I had learned from holistic medicine and applied it to my everyday lifestyle so, of course, I’m here to share that information and my experience.
I write to you because I know what it’s like to do all-nighters because you want to have good grades (and possibly graduate), but you have to take in consideration that the body does need its rest and taking half hour naps in the library might sound like a good idea but it really isn’t. So please try to organize yourself a bit more and not wait until last minute to do the assignments or run on giant cups of coffee. The sooner you finish your assignments the better, and the more time you have for sleeping.
- Rosemary: This oil is an excellent brain and nerve tonic. Students use it during midterms and finals because it increases concentration and helps in studying effectively. It’s also a good remedy for depression, mental fatigue, and forgetfulness and inhaling rosemary oil lifts your spirits immediately, especially when you’re bored.
- Lemon: Lemon oil can lift the mood, fight off depression, and helps increase concentration and alertness. You can rub some of the oil on our hands and inhale for a little pick me up.
- Orange: This oil is great for easing anxiety and it’s a natural antidepressant. It increases happiness and works as a mood lifter so it’s great for students to stay in a positive mood.
- Lavender: Lavender oil is often used as an alternative treatment of insomnia since it increases sleep regularity and is an excellent option for nerves and anxiety issues. It’s also great for migraines, depression, headaches, nervous tension, and emotional stress.
- Nature’s Truth Relaxing Blend: I found this oil at a local Walgreens which has hints of orange, tangerine, ylang ylang, patchouli, and chamomile oil which is wonderful for students. You get the energy from the orange, tangering, ylang ylang, but the soothing smell of patchouli and chamomile.
- Green Aventurine: This stone absorbs electromagnetic smog and guards against pollution; it also increases vitality and assists with written work.
- Clear Quartz: This All-Healer can also be used for memory, mental clarity as well as general health.
- Citrine: Often used for good luck, confidence, happiness, and it can provide mental focus. It’s also great for allowing its user to use their personal power, mental focus, and creative ideas. Citrine can bring clarity, positivity, and joyous transformation.
- Turquoise: This is a stone that can give its wearer confidence, happiness, and mental focus. It’s great to use when you’re out of balance and facilitates meditation as well as increasing creativity.
- Fluorite: Often used for memory and mental focus, fluorite enhances the learning and the ability to retain knowledge than has been learned. It’s also works great for organizing and to process new information and is great for fighting off colds/flu.
TEA + COFFEE
- Chamomile: Chamomile has been used for centuries as a sleep aid as well as a treatment for fevers, colds, and also as an anti-inflammatory. It’s great for rashes, allergies, and to treat gastritis and ulcerative colitis.
- Lavender: Lavender tea is not only great for anxiety, stress, and sleep issues, but it has anti-inflammatory qualities and has the ability to work as an antiseptic.
- Black Tea: For those who aren’t into drinking coffee but really need a caffeine kick in order to pay attention to those dull morning classes, black tea is a great choice.
- Chai: Of course I was going to add this tea, since it has a black tea base plus wonderful spices that can wake up any sleepy student just by how delicious it smells.
- Coffee: I can’t really tell you which coffee is the best for you because everyone has different taste in coffee, but oh look, this recipe by Laura Miller will definitely give you a caffeine kick.
I will admit that I spent most of my all-nighters chewing on chips and other types of junk food, or just stuffed my face with ice cream to make myself feel better. Unfortunately, that will only make you feel more sluggish and won’t give you the boost of energy you need for finals. Another thing I would like to add is that energy drinks might give you a boost of energy for a while, but the sugar crash in your system will only make you feel tired once that caffeine kick dims down.
- Nuts and seeds: It can give you energy, they’re crunchy, and you can discretely eat it in class unless it’s sunflower seeds, pistachios, walnuts (bring an empty cup to class so you can throw away the shells).
- Bananas: They’re rich in potassium and they’re easy to sneak into class. You can also put them in the freezer and dunk them in a blender along with a splash of vanilla extract or almond milk if you want some ice cream.
- Dark Chocolate: I know I’m obsessed with dark chocolate and I think everyone should eat it. Dark chocolate doesn’t have a lot of grams of sugar compared to other chocolates, it’s great for your body, and it can give you a boost of energy.
- Chips: I know chips can be considered junk food, but I honestly think that if you’re gonna eat them, you might as well have a couple of recommendations. I tend to like pita chips or Pretzel Thins with my hummus (which is a great snack to much on while studying) or spicy chips because they’re delicious.
- Popcorn: Again, another crunchy alternative for stressed students plus you can easily sneak it in class (but open the bag outside so no one knows you have popcorn in your bag).
- Reiki Symbols: Putting Reiki symbols into the information you’re trying to absorb is a wonderful way to study.
- Vitamins and sleeping: Have you’ve noticed a lot of people getting sick during finals season? It’s not a coincidence, people who suffer long periods of stress can be harmful for the body and the mind which can create chronic inflammatory conditions and lowers the immune system. Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C with Echinacea might not be the cure to your stress, but it can give you a boost of energy and protect your immune system. Remember to try to have at least eight hours of sleep and find methods to manage your stress in a healthier way.
- Meditation: From guided meditation to coloring books, there are different methods to meditate, just find out that makes you feel comfortable. If you’re not into siting down and repeating mantras, or you’re just having a really bad day you can try this meditation by Leonie Dawson or this one by Aaron Olson Life Coaching .
- Affirmations: I know, it sounds cheesy, but when you’re so close to ending your semester/degree you need something to keep you going. During this semester, my affirmation was “I can do anything I put my mind to”. Find an affirmation that goes along with your personality and share it with your friends and classmates, even if it’s a countdown to the end of the semester or graduation.
- Exercise: Students normally don’t have time for exercising, but it’s such a great stress reliever to just walk around for half an hour and take a breather. For those who are suffering major writer’s block and cannot write that essay or investigation, I suggest putting on some sneakers and running for at least 30 minutes or doing 12 minutes of Yoga.