Top tips for top marks

Top tips for top marks

Author -  Good Health

During exam time it’s not only students that deal with stress. It can be a hard time for parents too! The good news is there are plenty of ways to reduce pre-exam anxiety of the budding scholar. Our naturopaths have prepared their top tips to make it through exam time alive – so pass them on to a stressing student you know!

Tip #1: Get enough sleep.

Leading up to exams it’s important to keep up regular sleep patterns so that the brain can fully focus. Going to bed at regular times enables you to get into a routine making it easier to fall asleep. Sleep is also important for the management of stress, anxiety and memory. And very importantly, don’t study right before bedtime. Fight the need to cram late at night as this will only keep you wired and make it hard to switch off.

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Tip #2: Choose your meals and drinks wisely.

It’s a good idea to eat small meals frequently to help keep your blood sugar levels stable. Healthy blood sugar levels will keep you focused and alert. It’s always tempting to overdo it on energy drinks and caffeine. These stimulants cause highs and lows in energy levels which can leave you feeling drained and exhausted. If you’re definitely in need of caffeine then green tea is great for a small hit. It’s more gentle on the nervous system without being overly-stimulating. Coconut water is also great, it’s full of electrolytes to help keep you alert.

Another great mineral to add to your diet is Magnesium. Smart food choices that are high in magnesium are nuts and seeds, particularly sunflower, sesame seeds and almonds. Others include wheat germ, oats and all leafy green vegetables.

Unfortunately, during times of high stress magnesium is depleted so diet alone will not be enough. Organic Magnesium Ultra is effective to reduce deficiency and soothe nervous tension and stress.

Tip #3: Don’t forget to keep moving.

You might be busy, but there’s no excuse to be ‘too busy’ for exercise.  After a workout you’ll feel refreshed and energized. Keeping active will help you burn off adrenaline too so you’ll feel calmer and more relaxed which reduces anxiety and tension. Plus, you’ll sleep better too.

Tip #4: Look to nature’s best stress relievers.

Natural herbs such as Rhodolia found in Stress and Vitality Support has been shown to improve mental performance, cognitive function, attention, memory and learning. Numerous studies have shown significant improvement in both physical and cognitive performance. Siberian ginseng, also found in Stress and Vitality Support is great for anyone suffering nervous exhaustion or anxiety. Siberian ginseng can moderate an overreaction to stress. Withania also has fantastic anti-anxiety properties that will have the somewhat nerve ridden academic calm and focused in the lead up to exam time.

Tip #5: Up your Omega intake.

The average western diet causes a huge imbalance in the ratio of essential fatty acids. This is because we consume too much Omega-6 from processed foods, meats and refined oils and not enough from plant-based and marine-based oils. The best way to restore this balance is through supplementing Omega-3. Omega-3 essential fatty acids help support healthy brain, eye and nervous system function and can improve learning ability. That’s why upping the Omega-3 intake is particularly important for exam time. Omega 3 Fish Oil or Red Super Krill Oil contains all your essential Omega-3’s.

So there you have it, our top 5 tips for top marks. Study hard!

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