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8 Simple Ways to Clear Your Head for Exams

posted Jan 5, 2013, 5:29 PM by Heather Hawthorne   [ updated Jan 6, 2013, 5:07 AM ]

Christmas break is over, and for many youth - January brings exams – lots of them!  Studying is only one part of the equation.  These simple steps can significantly improve brain function and clear thinking.

Water – Your brain is about 70% water and depends on water to do its job.  Even slight dehydration can cause fuzzy thinking, trouble with math, and difficulty focusing on what you’re reading.  Figure out how much water your body needs daily (about 1litre per 50 lbs of body weight) and make it a priority to drink plain water throughout the day.  The first few days you will notice increased urination – so get started well before exam day! 

Food – Food is fun, tastes and smells good, and is an important part of our culture.  But the bottom line is that food is the fuel for our bodies!  If we want our car to run optimally we make sure to put gasoline in the tank; not water, not alcohol or grape juice!  Same goes for our body.  Our body needs proper fuel – lots of fruits & veggies, lean protein, and healthy fats.  Coffee, donuts, fast food, and soft drinks may satisfy our taste buds, but they don’t fuel our body and brain.  Use every meal and snack as an opportunity to give your brain the nutrients it needs!

Sleep – Sleep is vital for optimum health and clear thinking.  Take some time at the end of the day to wind down, prepare for morning, turn off all electronics and distractions, and settle in for a good restful sleep. 

The Great Outdoors – We’re not able to measure and understand fully the positive impact of sunlight, fresh air, and nature on our bodies and our well-being.  Find a peaceful spot near your home where you can regularly enjoy a walk in nature.  This is a great way to de-stress and clear your head.

Exercise – Exercise offers numerous health benefits – including a smarter brain!  Research shows that youth who engage in plenty of regular exercise get better grades.  Make daily exercise during exam time a high priority!

Vitamins – While a good diet is the foundation of good health, even people who consistently eat a healthy diet can benefit from supplementing with superfoods, vitamins and minerals.  Healthy fats are vital for good brain function, and antioxidants play a key role in short and long term health.  Consult with a natural health care practitioner who can help you set up an individualized plan.

Homeopathy – Not to be confused with “holistic”, “home remedies” or “herbalism”, homeopathy is a distinct system of medicine based in natural laws and ancient principles.  Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing.  Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient.   Homeopathy is a safe, gentle and effective approach to health and well-being and has much to offer children with learning challenges, and exam anxiety.  www.homeopathy-cures.com/html/learning_disabilities.html  and  www.homeopathy-cures.com/html/fears.html

Deal with Exam Anxiety – Learn a bunch of easy and effective strategies to tame exam anxiety with our one afternoon workshop on Saturday, January 12th in Leduc. Join us for a fun afternoon in a supportive group for girls only to learn about the power of positive *I AM* messages, breathing, mediation, and yoga, in preparing for your coming exams.  Girls in grades 6 through 12 are welcome.  www.choicepoints.ca/exam-anxiety

 

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