It’s pretty evident that Adderall and other prescription ADD and ADHD medications are everywhere on college campuses. Whether you’re getting it via script from your health center, the frat guy who thinks he’s a dealer, or your best friend, these drugs are abused all over the country. When I was younger there were only a handful of kids my age that had a prescription for Adderall or Ritalin, and now it seems every other person I know has it. Adderall is commonly referred to as “legal speed” because it’s an amphetamine, and without a prescription and correct dosage it can be really dangerous. I see kids in the library popping pills alongside energy drinks and wonder how their hearts don’t explode. I have a serious caffeine addiction, but at least coffee has its health benefits and you don’t need a prescription for it.
If you have a prescription, great. If you don’t, stop annoying your friends with prescriptions because if you really needed it then you would have your own. While it can make you sit down and knock out that ten-page paper or cram for an exam, try these alternatives first…
I know, I know, you’re not some hemp-loving hippie. But science has shown that meditation actually works and is good for the mind, and your cell phone makes it that much easier to get into thanks to countless meditation apps. It’s worth a shot, right?
Get Your Sleep
Pulling an all-nighter studying isn’t going to do your body any good, especially when it actually comes time for the exam. To stay alert and sharp, you need to sleep. Science suggests getting 7-8 hours of sleep to help with concentration, alertness, attention, learning, reasoning and problem solving.
We all hate hitting the gym, but running on the treadmill for 30 minutes will help more than just your abs. Exercise releases endorphins, relaxes you, reduces stress and makes it easier to concentrate once you’re finished. So next time you decide to skip the gym and head for the nacho bar, reconsider — ASAP.