It’s exam time and being a mum of two girls and my eldest going through exams right now I was inspired to write these tips for students or their mums or families that are supporting them. Nourishing the brain, body and soul is so important at this time to have maximum potential. My top tips to support and nourish a very active brain.
- Move away from the books when you eat. Food and books don’t mix. Remember to eat and make time to eat. Set your alarm if you have a tendency to be over consumed in the revision. Regular meal breaks will not only give you the energy that you need but will give you a break so you perform better when you do revise. Much better concentration and productivity.
- Plan your meal breaks and what you are going to eat ahead of time. So, you are not having to think when you are starving, leading to grab and go of usually rubbish.
- Quick and easy balanced meals even if they are ready meals are better that chocolate and cakes.
- Make sure you have some ready prepped salad or veg so that balancing your meals becomes easier.
- Think water and books. Were ever your books go so does the water. Hydration is key to optimum concentration. Water is better than sugary drinks for hydration and concentration.
- For the mums/carers often it is helpful to just give the student food rather than asking them what would they like as food isn’t their focus at that time and I find my daughter was just grateful of the meal.
- Balance is key- healthy whole grain carbs to maintain energy levels and prevent blood sugar drops and snacking of high sugar snacks is so important. Good brain full.
- Omega 3 fatty acids have been said to improve concentration – oily fish twice a week. Or flax seed as veggie source.
- Moving around even if it is just a walk or a few star jumps or dance or something will reduce the tension and improve productivity. Try a little walk after each meal.
- Don’t worry if you are eating more ‘unhealthy’ snacks than usual as long as you are not replacing meals for them i.e. a bag of crisp instead of lunch, then it’s a temporary state and you can get back to healthy eating once your exams are over. The anxiety of eating these foods will only lead to you eating more. You are probably awake longer and therefore need more energy. So, let it go enjoy them, knowing you are still having balanced meals.
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Thanks Dimple x