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Finals Week Survival Guide – Tips You Haven’t Thought Of

Finals Week Survival Guide – Tips You Haven’t Thought Of

Your finals week survival guide

The dreaded, and sadly unavoidable finals week is creeping up on us like none other.   Could I even call myself a healthy living and college blogger if I didn’t provide you with a Finals Week Survival Guide? No, no I could not.  So, put in those headphones, buckle down, and  soak up these innovative ~survival tips~.

Before we get to the good stuff.  My top 3 favorite study snacks… ONE TWO THREE GO: Quest Bars, Pop Corners, Scones.

Change your mindset

There is a lot  to say about how thoughts affect our lives.  Have you ever heard the saying “bad things happen in threes”? They usually do #amiright ?! But, research has proven that they do happen in three because we are expecting them to.   Now, apply that mindset to finals.  I think I can fairly say that we dread finals week, we think finals week is going to be hell, we will not sleep, we will not eat, or anything of the like.  We all think these things, and engrave them into our brains so low and behold they come true.

I can tell you right now that if you don’t convince yourself this is going to be an awful week or that you won’t be able to have time to eat, sleep, or workout, these things will not come true. You don’t need to put yourself at that disadvantage so change your mindset into one along the lines of “you can do this” and “a week from now you will be done” and it will be significantly easier– that is the what the whole YouMakeYou mindset is about.

Make a loose schedule

Get a blank, unlined piece of paper.  Make it into a mini one week calendar view.  And, not only write down your actual final exam dates and times, but also write down a loose schedule of when you will study what and how long.  Most importantly, and this is the next major point….

Schedule ‘me time‘ / time to veg

You. need. this. I can’t say it enough.  Your brain needs to rest, you need to rejuvenate, and you need to honor your true inner happiness in some way.  READ -> Taking a Break: How & Why You Should


finals week survival guide


Find, or create, a playlist

This is a great way to keep yourself focused and going.  Make sure you build, or find, a good one so you have something to look forward to.  I LOVE Afternoon Acoustic by Spotify.

Switch up your location frequently

Try out new study spaces every other day, or even every day.  You will be surprised at how your focus and attention is significantly better. Plus, maybe the new location has #bangin coffee, or delicious vegan scones (yes, this happened to me). Don’t be afraid to go off campus either– Barnes and Noble is so refreshing for me!


Get that heart rate pumpin’, shake out those stiff legs, and brew those endorphins.  If you don’t have full hours to spare, check out EasyFit which is an eBook I wrote wit tons of short, effective, and anywhere workouts ($2.50) You don’t need a lot of time, you can even PLAN it into your day (re #1).

Suggestions: workout galore.

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Total Body Workout You Can Do Anywhere

Are you ready to hit it? Literally HIIT it.

aka high intensity interval training

HIIT workouts are my all time favorite form of workout especially when I am short on time and have stress I want to get out! There is nothing quite as satisfying as pounding through a killer 20-30 minute workout and feeling exhausted, yet incredibly accomplished at the end.  So, that feeling is exactly what I want to give you today.  After you complete the workout, or screenshot it for later, BONUS POINTS IF YOU PIN IT, be sure to scroll down and read about Quest Nutrition’s new Beyond Cereal Bars, PROTEIN CEREAL BARS, what? Yes, my two favorite things.  And, to make it even better, there is a waffle flavor. Nuff’ said.

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Quest Nutrition Beyond Cereal Bar – Waffle

The workout:

bodyweight hiit workout

The goods:

Some of you may have seen on my instagram, but a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to work at The Arnold Health and Fitness expo with Quest Nutrition where we were featuring the newest Quest family addition: Beyond Cereal Bars.  Of course, when I got home the first thing I did was find out where you all, and myself hehe, could find them.  As you know, it’s hard to find products as soon as they are released.  Luckily, The Vitamin Shoppe had them, as well as their online site, BOOM.  Actually, I just noticed, free shipping online, so if you are #lazy like me, you can order there and don’t have to go to the store.



The Vitamin Shoppe, NJ


Beyond Cereal Bars

The biggest reason I LOVE these besides the fact that I am obsessed with cereal so it is a dream come true, is that I often don’t feel like having a full protein bar that can sometimes sit heavy in your stomach.  However, due to my sensitive stomach I am not comfortable with many other brands than Quest Nutrition.  Therefore, I often opt for half a bar or a few bites so I can still get my protein in.  But, these Beyond Cereal Bars are the perfect snack able size, not to mention a #BANGIN texture.  I mean, did you see that photo at the top?!

Beyond Cereal Bars



Here are the facts:

  • FLAVORS: chocolate, waffle, cinnamon bun
  • 110 calories
  • 4g fat, 3g (net) carbs, 12g protein
  • COULD VARY FROM PERSON TO PERSON, but I am lactose intolerant and I am *fine* to eat these

Check them out for yourself here!



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