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Staying healthy during finals crunch time

There are only three weeks of classes left of the fall 2013 semester. Now, let the shock set in.

If you’re realizing that you are behind and aren’t ready for finals, you’re not alone. But while you’re rushing around to get everything finished, don’t forget to stay healthy.

It is this time of the year that students hide inside with coffee or some bag of noisy food.

As stress levels rise, the ability to feed ourselves properly goes out the window. Students quickly turn towards convenience over health. I know this because I’m also guilty of it. Caught up in whatever class I’m catching up in, the constant working on my thesis, I find myself snacking rather than eating full meals.

So going into these final few weeks, be prepared and stock up. Everyone should head to the grocery store and pick up a few essential items.

First thing you should be sure to have is something you can eat for breakfast.
It can be just about anything, because, as we’ve all been told over and over, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

By just having something as little as a granola bar every morning, it will give you the fuel to make it through the rough mornings.

Some quick breakfast options are: bagel with cream cheese or peanut

butter, instant oatmeal and yogurt.

The second thing students should stock up on is snack- able veggies and fruits. This is a fresh and quick snack for anytime of the day.

Grab a bag of dried mangos, some apples and caramel sauce, carrots and ranch or celery with peanut butter. These are all easy options for constant snacking.

The final things you should grab are sandwich supplies. This will guarantee that there is always some- thing substantial you can eat.

Whether it is a PB&J or a turkey sandwich, a sandwich is enough to fill your stomach and cure any hunger spells.

Another thing you should have in hand is a water bottle. Staying hydrated is key to staying healthy, so having a water bottle makes it easier to access while running around with your busy schedule.

While suggesting sleeping more might be a losing battle, all-nighters –despite the amount of work you can get done during one– are not good on your body and immune system.

So sleep while you may not sleep all through the night, I suggest sleep when you can.
If you have a two-hour break, go take a nap. If you have a meeting in an hour lay down for 30 minutes.

Taking naps during the day may even help you per- form better work on your exams and assignments.

For those of you who only have short 40 to 50 minute breaks, just zone out for a bit. It’s amazing what 20 minutes of doing something mindless can do for your mind. While the craziness of the end of the semester is inevitable, try to go into it being prepared.

Kaylyn Peterson / Managing editor

Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com

Animal therapy should be used during finals

Wouldn’t it be so much easier to see the light at the end of the tunnel during finals week if you had a cuddly kitten or puppy to play with?

Colleges across the country are partnering with nonprofit organizations and abused animal shelters to bring stress relief to students during those last delirious hours before final exams.

Animal therapy programs provide an area, usually the library, for students to take time out from cramming for finals to play with loving animals.

Yale Law School, University of California Irvine, Occidental College, University of Tennessee and Western Washington University are just a handful of the schools that have benefited from this creative and effective stress relief partnerships.

I think that Linfield should be the next college added to this list to experience this therapy program.

Not only would we benefit from the animals, the animals would benefit from us. Many of the organizations bring animals from shelters who do not get near enough attention, so bringing them onto a college campus filled with students who are restricted from having pets in their dorm rooms and apartment buildings would most likely result in a lot of attention.

Basically, it’s a win-win deal for students and the animals.

Indicators of stress are heart rate and blood pressure. Studies have shown animals are successful stress relievers for people conducting stressful tasks, such as taking finals, even more effective than friends and significant others.

And definitely more effective than pancakes and cookies that the school provides during the weeks of finals.

Don’t get me wrong, they are delicious and convenient, but also promote even more late night stress eating than is necessary.

The animals who participate in these therapy programs for college students have met certain standards, which include comfortableness and outgoingness around strangers, enjoyment of being petted and obedience. Animals in these programs are required to pass tests before beginning therapy services.

I don’t know about you, but I am in no way ready to rely on Linfield’s overpopulation of squirrels for stress relief during finals. I would much rather have a cute dog or cat to play with.

Sarah Mason

Staff writer

Sarah Mason can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com.