By R. Ryan S Patel DO, FAPA OSU-CCS Psychiatrist
In academics as with many other aspects of life, successful performance requires a series of steps over time that may or may not appear to be connected.
With multiple deadlines, projects, exams, etc all due around the same time; the end of the semester can be a high stress time for students.
Luckily there are a series of science-backed strategies that students can apply to be their best physically, mentally, cognitively, and emotionally to maximize chances of academic success.
What health related activities should I INCREASE my chances of academic success at the end of the semester?
Here are 5 things to increase:
- Improve your sleep because poor sleep and poor grades go together (with resources to improve sleep):
- Fruit and vegetable consumption improves mental/emotional well-being:
- Consider adding these brainpower boosting foods: https://u.osu.edu/emotionalfitness/2015/04/30/food-for-academic-brain-power/
- Consider Practicing gratitude exercises to feel better fast: https://u.osu.edu/emotionalfitness/2018/05/31/gratitude-exercises-to-feel-better-fast/
- Improve stress management: https://u.osu.edu/emotionalfitness/2017/09/01/dealing-with-too-much-stress/
What health related activities should I DECREASE to improve my chances of academic success at the end of the semester?
Here are 5 things to decrease:
- Too much caffeine worsens stress level and brain function:
- Excessive digital media usage can worsen inattention symptoms:
- Reduce/avoid alcohol intake because it can impact your academic performance:
- Cannabis can negatively impact your brain:
- Nicotine use can increase depression and anxiety:
Additional resources if your functioning is limited by your mental health, or if you need additional help:
- OSU Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service
- OSU Student Wellness Center for wellness coaching and related services.
- OSU Wilce Student Health center
- OSU Wexner Medical Center offers relaxation skills.
- OSU Office of Student Advocacy
- OSU Office of Disability services
- OSU Dennis Learning Center for study skills/academic coaching.
Disclaimer: This article is intended to be informative only. It is advised that you check with your own physician/mental health provider before implementing any changes. With this article, the author is not rendering medical advice, nor diagnosing, prescribing, or treating any condition, or injury; and therefore claims no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or injury caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented.