Exam time is upon us!! Either for you or your kids?
We all know that the exam season is one of the most stressful times of the year for college students, heck even high school students. As a Mama of both, I hate to see my girls stressing and try to encourage healthy habits. It is essential for students to adopt real energy and stress management techniques that can improve focus, and keep energized and stress-free during exam time. Here are some tips that can help students stay sharp and focused during this critical time.
Fuel Your Body with Healthy Foods
As tempting as it may seem, relying on cookies and other carb-laden treats, those won't give your body the energy it needs to power through your studies. Instead, opt for nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Really.... get over to that dining hall and hit up the salad bar! Throw some chicken or pepperoni on that thing.... Yum! These foods provide your body the vitamins, fiber, and other essential nutrients it needs for optimal brain function, improved concentration and sustained energy. You know, all the things you need to do your best on that test!
Prioritize Physical Activity
It is easy to get stuck in front of the computer or the books for hours on end, but this can cause fatigue and brain fog. Take a break to move your body by incorporating some physical activity into your day, such as going for a short walk, stretching or doing a quick at-home workout. Dust off that yoga mat, visit the on-campus gym (Its free you know). Studies have shown that even just a few minutes of physical activity can help to refocus your mind and boost your mood.
Use Aromatherapy for Stress Reduction
If you're feeling overwhelmed, essential oils are great for stress reduction. Essential oils like lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus have a naturally calming effect and can help to reduce stress and anxiety. Make sure they are a quality brand! (Here is what I recommend). Consider using an oil diffuser or diffuser necklace, or mix a couple of drops into a carrier oil and apply to your temples or wrists. You can use a diffuser or simply inhale the scent directly from the bottle for quick relief.
Take Regular Breaks
It may seem counterintuitive, but taking regular breaks during your study sessions can actually help you to retain information better. The brain can only retain so much information in one sitting, so taking short, regular breaks can prevent mental fatigue and frustration. During your breaks, consider engaging in activities that promote relaxation, such as deep breathing, meditation or visualization exercises.
Get Sufficient Sleep
Getting enough sleep is crucial for optimum brain function and academic performance. Studies have shown that lack of sleep can lead to a decrease in concentration, focus, and cognitive performance. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night consistently during exam time. It is also important to optimize your sleep environment by minimizing noise, light, and maintaining a comfortable temperature.
While it may be tempting to reach for junk food and skip all self-care routines during the exam period, it is essential to prioritize self-care to keep yourself energized, focused, and stress-free. By making small changes to your lifestyle choices, including your food choices, physical activity, aromatherapy, regular breaks, and sufficient sleep, you can achieve optimal performance during this critical time. By following these tips and putting your health and wellness first, you'll be able to breeze through your exams confidently and successfully. Good luck!
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