Is it exam time for you or anyone in your household? Is there an air of tension and stress around the home? Exams can be stressful, to say the least! Unfortunately there is no magic wand that can make all the worries and woes that go along with exams disappear. However, there are some simple things you can do to help get you through the dreaded exam period and possibly soften the blow, as we all know how stress can have a negative effect on our health and well being
It’s so important to keep hydrated throughout the day to maintain energy and focus – both of which are required in copious amounts during exams. Keep a large bottle of water nearby and sip throughout the day, maybe avoid gulping down a litre all in one go as this could result in a number of trips to the little girls/boys room. If the thoughts of water is boring, you could try infusing with lemon, cucumber, berries or mint (or altogether if it pleases!) Coconut water is an excellent (not to mention delicious) way to rehydrate, it is naturally rich in electrolytes (vital for hydrations and nerve and muscle function) and energy boosting b-vitamins
The last thing you want is an empty and rumbling tummy in a silent exam hall. Make sure to keep some healthy on hand to nibble on during breaks to keep your your energy up and keep those hunger pangs at bay. Quick , handy, healthy snack ideas: handful of nuts, nut butter with slices of apple, veggie sticks and hummus or yogurt with berries. Try to avoid reaching for sugary processed snacks
Omega 3’s have been shown to improve brain function, memory and concentration. These awesome fats can be found in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines and also flaxseeds and walnuts. You can also supplement with fish oils (or vegetarian options) to boost your omega-3 intake.
Exercise releases endorphins, also known as happy hormones, that encourage relaxation and calmness as well as improving and increasing blood flow to the brain, therefore improving brain function. It’s a no brainer, right?!
Make sure you get sufficient sleep, while last minute cramming may seem like a priority over getting some shut eye, sleep must be a priority. Studies have shown that sleep enhances memory and restores brainpower. If you have trouble sleeping, try some chamomile or valerian tea in the evening time, limit caffeine to the early part of the day and avoid phones and TV for at least an hour before bed. Magnesium is an excellent mineral for aiding relaxation and sleep.
Stress and exams go hand in hand, we all know that. Stress can be detrimental to our health and wellbeing and can cause panic and anxiety which is the last thing you want on the morning of an exam (ever get those moments where you go blank and feel like you can’t remember anything?). During periods of stress, pressure is put on your adrenal system to help manage and deal with this stress, when your adrenal system is overworked this can cause fatigue and anxiety. To give your adrenal glands a dig out and help boost energy and relaxation consider a supplement with herbs such as rhodiola or a multi-nutrient formula which has Korean ginseng and magnesium.
These guys are responsible for getting us the energy we need by breaking down fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Sources of these vitamins include green leafy vegetables, eggs, beans, fish and poultry. Extra energy is required during exam time, for a boost of these all important b-vitamins you can supplement with a b-complex which includes all of the b-vitamins in one capsule.