Healty Way To SuccessExam season is about to start and as usual it brings with itself exam fever, anxieties, performance pressure, nightmares, stress etc. Every parent would want their child to stay physically and mentally fit throughout this period. The best way to cope up with exam blues is to keep revising according to a planned time-table, take plenty of breaks, get out into the fresh air for a break and eat a well-balanced diet.
So, here are some simple and quick tips for diet and exercise to be followed during board exams.
- The diet plays an important role during exams. It's easy to get into the habit of gulping coffee and gobbling pizzas. But good nutrition actually helps to improve marks by boosting academic performance on the exam da
- There are times when foods can make a difference between success and failure. A healthy balanced diet should consist of cereals, sprouts, fruits, vegetables and nuts. Non-vegetarians can include eggs and fish. These foods help to increase memory by releasing neurotransmitters i.e., chemicals responsible for storing and accessing information when needed most during exams.
- The worst foods are all the processed foods, soft drinks, cakes, junk foods and are best to be avoided. They inhibit brain function and induce letharginess. Instead of munching on chips, wafers etc. during studies to kill boredom much on carrots, walnuts or fruits.
- As is rightly said, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It has been time and again proved that skipping breakfast can cause lack of concentration, memory loss and weakness. An ideal breakfast would contain brown bread toast, or oats, or upma or poha or idli and dosas. Not to forget milk. Including some fresh fruits or juices would be a healthy option.
Tea and coffee are stimulants. They just activate your brain for a temporary period but later on cause sleep disturbances, tension, anxiety etc. Instead, it would be good to have drinks like bournvita, horlicks or complan etc.
The best drink to have before and during exam is WATER. Feeling low, tiredness is signs of dehydration. Carry a water bottle with you and drink at regular intervals. Consume at least 10 12 glasses of water per day. Water speeds up brain function. So don't forget the "ELIXIR OF LIFE WATER."
- Follow the age old saying, "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a person healthy and wise. Avoid late night studies, but if your are planning to stay awake avoid oily or fried snacks as these will make your feel lethargic and sleepy.
- Simple exercises like walking, jogging, skipping, cycling support memory function and help to de stress. Be sure to take out some time for fun. Having a good laugh is a great way to have fun. Have a fixed hour for some fun activity. Avoid sitting on computer as it strains your eyes. Instead go out, play, take a walk, do some yoga or meditation.
Don't study continuously for hours at a stretch. Take short breaks after every one or two hours as it helps to increase retention power. Study under proper lighting, avoid lying down and studying.
- Deep breathing, every 10 minutes is a good way to relax the brain. One should sit in Padmasana posture and practice it. Take several, long, deep, slow breaths. It helps to calm down the nervous system.