Sound Mental as well as Physical health is important for every human being. As we have learnt during childhood in schools a million dollar saying – Healthy Mind dwells in a Healthy Body. Though, the stressful life in today’s times keeps us from having Healthy Mind and Healthy Body.
Although it is normal to feel stressed out before or during the exams due to the anxiety prevailing due to fear of failure, not performing well and many other such factors. While the stress is something which can never be ignored like we do with many other things, what is most important here is to know how to deal with the pre- exam stress and not let it affect you badly.
Students usually ignore healthy eating habits and resort to unhealthy ones as they feel it’s not just not worth wasting time in preparing food and consume whatever is available easily which is junk food obviously . This is not the right way at all. For mental work like studying, it is important to have a healthy body and mind and without sound physical health nobody can have a productive mind unless we are Robots ofcourse….! But Alas!! We are not Robots !!! We are just “human beings”.
Therefore, as normal human beings we have to study hard to carve out our careers successfully so as students we have to manage appearing in so many entrance exams to get admission in the best colleges and then get placed in the reputed jobs so it’s like a far sighted approach applied here.
What to do to have healthy Body and Mind?
So, to manage stress and to have a healthy mind and body, we have made a considerable effort to give some valuable tips to the students for health eating and stress management before and during exams.
1. Relaxation Techniques
To curb stress, practicing easy and normal stuff like deep breathing, muscle relaxation, mediation or listening to the relaxing music will help a lot. This will help improve blood circulation in the body and brain and you will feel much better and healthier. Just Logon to YouTube for relaxing meditational music. This personally helps me a lot to get rid of stress.
2. Eat Smarter
Eating smarter is important, it is important to have daily vitamin and mineral requirements. Vitamin B and Iron gives you much required physical and mental energy.
Iron-containing foods- Foods which contain iron are red meat, cereals and spinach, cashew, Pine, Hazelnut, Peanut, and Almond)
Vitamin B containing foods- whole-grains, wheat germ, eggs and nuts, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy products
Vitamin C is good for immunity from diseases and is found in Bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwis, berries, broccoli, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papayas. Carry apples, bananas, oranges, carrot sticks or dried apricots with you while go to library to study.
3. Eat something at regular intervals
Eating at regular intervals is a good idea instead of having three heavy meals which makes us feel lethargic and bloated. Eating at regular intervals doesn’t mean here munching the snacks, chips etc. which gives you no nutrition and energy. Have peanut butter toast, fruits, salads, tuna etc. in the small meals.
4. Mugs Tea or Coffee – A Big NO
Late studying does not mean repeated cups of coffee or tea. This is extremely unhealthy for your stomach. One of two cups is more than enough. Have light and healthy dinner at nights if you have planned for late night study sessions
5. Best Fruits – For you
Here is the list of the fruits which will work wonders for you. The fruits like:
- Banana – You thinks it’s for only Monkeys-No, It’s not. Banana is a reservoir of various health benefits like – Aids digestion, overcomes depression, full of energy, high in potassium, helps in weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and what not..!! So, it’s certainly not only for monkeys.
- Blueberries – A great source of powerful antioxidant boosts your brain system, good for eye health.
6. Choose powerful vegetables.
Vegetables are good source of minerals like iron, potassium and anti-oxidants, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C etc. Vegetable helps reduce bad cholesterol, maintains healthy blood pressure and much more
Include in your diets, most healthy and nutrient-rich vegetable like- Broccoli, bell peppers, and sweet potatoes, spinach, lettuce, sprouts, carrots, asparagus, peas, beans, corns, beets, cucumbers, mushrooms
7. Stay well hydrated.
It is important to be well hydrated. Drink lots of water, avoid caffeinated drinks or aerated drinks. Coconut water is a good source to improve immunity and to keep diseases away like cold, fever, Dengue etc. Have milk daily, fruit juices and green tea which is rich in antioxidants are better choices to be well hydrated.
8. Walking helps beat stress
Walking has various benefits- it strengthens your heart, good for weight control, boosts Vitamin D levels in body, lowers risk of diseases, improves memory etc.