December is a time of stress and worry for a lot of high school juniors before the month long winter break. The SATs, subject tests, honors/AP classes, extracurriculars, and school in general is a lot of the reason why so many juniors are worn out by the end of the semester. As finals week approaches, many students have to prepare presentations, essays, and projects while juggling so many things outside of school. 11th grade is the most important year of high school because this is the year colleges consider the most important, therefore students aim for the highest grades and achievements.
Because of the high standards these juniors are held against, many students feel the need to work so hard they ignore the basic needs for mental and physical health. Students sleep hours less and spend nights awake to finish their projects. This leads them to be sleepy during school, preventing them from focusing properly during class and learning to their full extent.
As finals season approaches, it is important to take care of your mental and physical health to perform better at a school setting. Some tips during finals season includes making sure to manage your free time wisely. During the day, using 20 minutes of your free time to study or finishing homework instead of going on electronics can help you finish tasks faster, eventually preventing you from spending those nights awake and hurried to finish the project or paper. Another tip is to make a to-do list every day of all the things that needs to be accomplished. Listing them from the task that needs most attention to the least helps you prioritize your tasks and clears up the mind. This tip helps prevent against forgetting certain tasks or assignments and allows you to be up to date on what you are doing throughout the day, school related or not.
To help your mental health, it is important to get at least 8 hours of sleep a day, this will not only allow you to to be physically and mentally healthier, but it will help you perform better at school. Eating healthy, like balancing your vegetables, fruit, and protein, instead of eating just carbs, sweets, and fast food, can help you feel more energetic and awake, also preventing you from getting sick during the last few weeks of school. Finally, making time for yourself outside of schoolwork is extremely important for your mental health. Reading a book, listening to music, taking a walk, playing with your pets are all ways to help relieve stress during this stressful time of the year. Just building up stress from focusing on school will eventually burn you out and make you sick, so it is necessary to take care of your health so you can ace those finals.