Feeling tired in class is frustrating. It can leave you feeling lost in class and even cause your grades to suffer.
From the way you sit to the things you eat, there are many elements that influence your energy levels.
If you are finding it hard to focus in class because you feel tired, there are a few quick tricks that can help you boost your energy levels.
Drink cold water.
One major cause of fatigue is dehydration. Most people don’t get enough water every day. This can be especially difficult if you are a college student who is always on the go.
Luckily, there’s an easy and cheap fix: Make sure you have a water bottle with you at all times so you can stay hydrated. Your school probably has water fountains around campus, so fill-ups will be free. You can also refill easily in your dining hall.
If you need to perk up quickly, an extra-cold glass of water can give you that extra zing of energy you need. Bored of plain water? Try adding lemon or – my favorite – a few slices of cucumber for a little extra freshness and flavor.
Take notes by hand.
Instead of staring at your college laptop screen like a zombie and typing your lecture notes without thinking (a surefire way to make you feel tired — and bored!), try taking notes by hand. The little bit of movement you get from writing can help keep your body in “wake-up!” mode.
What’s more, when you’re writing by hand, it will be more difficult to take down every single word the professor says. This might seem like a disadvantage, but it can actually make you a better note-taker because you will be forced to write down only the most important elements. Plus, the extra focus this requires keeps you alert.
In general, physical activity is a good way to prevent fatigue. While you can’t do wind sprints through the lecture hall, the physical act of writing by hand or simply shifting your position every so often can help you stay awake. And not to sound too mom-ish, but good posture helps, too.
Regular exercise has also been shown to increase people’s energy levels. From jogging to playing intramural sports, staying active in college can not only keep off the Freshman 15, but also help you stay awake in class!
Eat energy foods.
A healthy diet without excess fat and sugar can keep your energy high; however, there are also certain foods and healthy snacks for college students that can boost energy. Foods rich in Vitamin C, like oranges, are one, as studies have shown a correlation between Vitamin C and physical vitality.
Ready for the best news yet? Chocolate may be another energy-booster. Dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants, has been shown to aid the body in the release of endorphins, which can make you feel positive and energized. Now you have an excuse to keep a chocolate bar in your backpack at all times — and to grab it whenever you feel tired in class!