There's no getting around it: studying is tough. Juggling classes, exams, social life and work, many Canadian students are experiencing burnout and it's no wonder why.
Even though it can feel impossible at times, there are ways to achieve those academic goals without resorting to the dreaded all-nighter. You can actually get through exam season energized — it might even be (gasp) fun!
Spring is all about renewal, and a refreshing tweak or two in your routine might be just the thing to give you that pep in your step come exam time.
From shaking up your coffee order with a new favourite caffeinated drink to singing in the shower, here are a few tips and tricks to help you keep up the pace, beat burnout and end the academic year on a high.
Refresh Your Coffee Routine
Typically, students have turned to a cup of joe to power through those pesky midday slumps. But why not mix it up? Reward your hard work by giving a new and exciting beverage like Coca-Cola with Coffee a try.
Each 355-milliltre can is infused with Brazilian coffee, containing 49 milligrams of caffeine for an energy-boosting drink that "sips like a Coke and finishes like coffee."Intrigued? Coca-Cola with Coffee launched nationwide on March 21 with two signature flavours: Vanilla and Dark Blend. Each variety is equally yummy, so you'll have to try both and decide which is your favourite for that 3 p.m. pick-me-up.
Get Outside & Change Up The Scenery
Coming into crunch time, skipping a couple of hours of studying to go exercise might seem risky, but it could actually be just what you need. After all, physical activity has been shown to enhance memory, positive feelings, concentration and energy levels.
Plus, a little sunlight can go a long way (hello, vitamin D). Take your dog for a walk to the park, go for a run on your favourite trail or grab a pal and explore campus. Afterwards, you'll be able to return to your studies refreshed and ready to focus.
Cut Down On Extra Screen Time
Face it: social media is a time sink. It may be one of the best ways to stay up-to-date with friends and family, but it can also get in the way of important daily tasks and impact your sleep quality. Plus, the blue light emitted from screens can cause irregular sleep patterns.
If you're struggling with focus, stress and productivity, limiting screen time may be a good idea. You can download an app that tracks your screen time and social media use, and leave your phone in another room if you're trying to study.
Say No To Vino
While uncorking a bottle of cab sav to sip as you study may seem enticing, it's best to save it for another time. Alcohol causes drowsiness and poor sleep quality, meaning your study sesh might not pan out how you planned.Alternatively, hit the books with a drink in hand that'll boost your energy instead. A tall glass of water and your favourite caffeine-infused drink should do the trick.
Put On A Concert
Jamming out to your favourite tunes is an effective way to reduce stress. Take your performance to another level by dancing, which can elevate brain performance as well as boost your mental and physical health.
Believe it or not, taking a few minutes to belt out Lizzo's Cuz I Love You is a perfectly reasonable part of your study plan — and if your roommates join in, the more the merrier!
Create The Best Work Environment For You
To support your study efforts, curate a workspace that aligns with your interests and style. Try out different lighting sources, desk layouts and décor to discover what helps you concentrate best.
You might want to include a mood board in your renovated study space. Use it to visualize your short- and long-term goals, whether that's scoring an A+ on the big test or developing a regular meditation practice.
Finding strategies to beat burnout is a personal experience, but you're not alone in navigating the stresses of post-secondary education. With tips like these, you'll be thriving come crunch time and ready to conquer your exams.
Get your friends involved too. Go on a walk together or organize a study session (with some Coca-Cola with Coffee for everyone, of course).