(PS – I have a desk; I just don’t like sitting at it)
I’ve been wrestling with the take home exam from hell for days now, and I’m certain that my butt is flat. Like a pancake. I’m serious – I can feel that my ass is changing shape.
Normally, I completely abandon anything like health or fitness during exams and go back to comfort eating and complete lethargy. I mean, I shower and brush my teeth, but that’s about it. I think I should be allowed to abandon my self-discipline when I’m devoting every fiber of my being to something else, especially when the something else is miserable.
I’ve been trying to be somewhat conscientious about my health this year. I don’t really have time to go to the gym or for long runs even though I know it would help me de-stress. When I have to ration every second of my day, I get strategic. So here’s a list of little tips for when you’re chained to your desk, but you don’t want to feel even more miserable than you are now.
1.) Drink water and coffee in equal proportions
2.) Put your notes on the floor so you can stretch and do planks
3.) Indulge in sugar-free candy (seriously, Sour Patch Kids are my weakness, and I’ll eat pounds of them if someone lets me)
4.) Put your laptop on the top of your dresser and work standing up for awhile
5.) Do calf raises while you’re standing up
6.) Give your eyes a break and leave your contacts out
7.) Eat a lot of produce in addition to your pizza – raw food never steers me wrong
8.) Include sleep in your study schedule and stick to it!
9.) Have a glass of wine in your last hour of studying so you can sleep (am I the only one doing this? Is it just me that wants to drink while studying?)
10.) Listen to Mozart – his music is so mathematically perfect that it stimulates your brain in ways that nothing else can
11.) Have study buddies – they keep you company AND keep you motivated
The last thing on my list was going to be, “Try to remember that you’re not the only person working hard right now, and everyone else isn’t having a party somewhere without you.” But then I thought I might sound pretty pathetic.
Even though Facebook keeps telling me that other people are going ice-skating, Christmas shopping, decorating trees, and baking cookies. Bah humbug. For now, it’s just me and Smoocho trying to keep our holiday spirit
Happy Studying from me and Smooch