Five habits to break now that exams are over

November 23, 2016
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Studying for exams is a trying time. You feel like crawling into the foetal position and admitting defeat more than once. STUVAC is a time for constant excuse making, procrastination and eating (the entire pantry). Hey, why not shove a little bit of study in there too?

We often find ourselves forming habits during the most important study week of the semester that need to be stopped. Below are the five habits you must break up with now that exams are over… come on lads, no excuses!

Going to bed at ungodly hours

You know the hours of sleep you compromised in order to scrape a pass in your latest accounting subject? Your body deserves to get them back. Not only will you feel rejuvenated and energised to live out holidays to the fullest, but you’ll feel so much better. Many studies have found that getting sufficient sleep can improve your mood, help you to concentrate better and, for the fitness fanatics out there, you are less likely to put on weight!

Using ‘study’ as an excuse not to exercise

So while we are on the fitness bandwagon, now that exams are done and dusted, we must no longer put off exercise. Trust me, just 30 minutes a day will do your mind and body wonders… Just think of that summer bod!

Quite honestly, there are so many different ways to keep fit. Whether you are a dancer at heart and Zumba is your thing, or whether you prefer to punch the living crap out of a bag and boxing tickles your fancy, there is something for everyone. I will not accept any excuses for not keeping fit!

Drinking unfathomable amounts of caffeine to stay awake

Despite common consensus among students, it is probably not entirely healthy to down cans of V or endless amounts of coffee in order to finish that final essay or memorise those last few theories for your final. Yes, we are probably all guilty of committing such a sin, but there is no need to do it anymore. The holidays are a time to consume caffeine in a normal way. Coffee date anyone?

Eating excessive amounts of chocolate to spark those happy hormones

Now we can just eat chocolate for the love of eating the gooey goodness, no need to try and ignite these happy hormones. Let’s be real, now that exams are over, uni students across the nation are already on cloud nine… until next semester when we all have to go through the pain and misery of study once again. But hey, that is ages away, right?

Socialising with guilt

We all have experienced that heavy feeling in the pit of our stomachs. Every time we sacrifice valuable study time to just have ‘a quick break’, it ends up turning into an entire day of socialising. Before we know it, we are crying from having no time to study. But wait? Did we not just waste a whole day eating acai bowls and chatting with mates? Shit. Now that we no longer have to study for finals, socialising is guilt-free. Amazing!

On a more serious note, we have all worked incredibly hard to pass get Ds in all subjects, potentially by forming habits that should not be maintained beyond the scope of STUVAC. Now is the time (we have three months people) to break those questionable habits and, more importantly, go out and socialise (guilt-free) for the entirety of the break. We deserve it!

Ailish Parr

Ailish is never happy just sitting still and has a secret love for #qanda. She is studying a double degree at the University of Queensland but always makes time for coffee and socialising.

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