Habits of Mind

Keep Your Batteries Charged!

Keep Your Batteries Charged

 

Did You Know?

Sleep:

  • Lack of sleep alters hormones and leads to weight gain.
  • College students need 7-9 hours of sleep/night.
  • After five nights of partial sleep deprivation, three alcoholic drinks will have the same effect on your body as six would when you've slept enough.
  • Napping has proved to improve creativity and help in making better decisions. Even laying down and resting has these benefits.
  • A 26 minute nap improves performance by 34% and alertness by 54%.
  • When you cram for exams, your brain does not retain
  • the information.
  • Students who regularly pull all-nighters tend to have lower GPAs than those who don't.
  • As a group, 18-24 year-olds deprived of sleep suffer more from impaired performance than older adults.

 

Breaks/relaxation/friends:

  • Laughter increases memory and learning.
  • Productivity increases by up to 66% when you take study breaks every hour to hour and a half.
  • Too much stress leads to health problems.
  • Socializing reduces stress, improves communication skills, and helps you build a network.
  • Study groups can be a great way to combine studying and learning.
  • Students who get more involved on campus are more academically successful. These students are also more likely to return to school each semester and achieve their goals.
  • Laughter lowers levels of stress hormones, strengthens the immune system and can reduce pain.
  • There are more than 10 campus clubs to get involved in...or you can start your own!

 

 

Eating well:

  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Helps you sleep.
  • Eating breakfast allows for concentration and keeps you from overeating throughout the day.
  • Energy drinks ultimately lead to energy crash and feeling bad.
  • Staying hydrated prevents overeating and increases concentration and energy.
  • Dehydration can lead to short term memory loss and decreased attention span.
  • 1 pound equals 3,500 calories. If you reduce 500 calories each day, you can drop a pound in a week (or drop 250 calories and burn another 250 with exercise.)
  • Energy drinks can be a leading cause of dehydration.

 

Exercise:

  • Boosts brainpower and improves mental clarity.
  • Helps you sleep.
  • Boosts academic performance by increasing circulation and the amount of oxygen that reaches your brain.
  • Reduces stress.
  • Prevents and fights illness.
  • Squeezing in 2-3 sessions of 15-20 minutes of activity is just as effective as doing it all at once.
  • Half an hour of exercise per day is all you need to reap its health and disease fighting benefits.

Events:

April 1: ASB Sponsored comedian in the Student Center.

April 25: Earth Day Picnic 11:00-1:00 on the grass near Parking Lot D

April 30: Stress Busters 11:00-1:00 in the Student Center.