I know the last thing you probably want to be eating during finals week is veggies and fruits when the chips are calling your name, but eating healthier during this time could boost your grades. When they say you need brain food, they really mean it. Your brain takes a lot of energy to function every day. We get that energy from what we put it our body, so a coffee diet might not be the best idea if you want to get a passing grade.
One of my favorite bloggers, who goes by the name Katy Grace, has a really helpful grocery shopping list to get you started eating healthier. Eating healthy may seem complicated and difficult, but it’s actually fun and tastes pretty great. Experiment with things find what you like, the possibilities are endless.
The difference you’ll feel even after a few days of incorporating veggies and fruits and taking out packaged foods will make you a believer; I know it changed my mind.
Water is just as important to your brain as food is. Our bodies are made up mostly of water and need to be treated like so! A cold glass of water or two when you wake up jump starts your metabolism, digestive tract, and can give you more energy than a cup of coffee. (I know that sounds crazy, but it may be true.)
Growing up, my mom always told me that I should drink more water, practically forcing it down my throat. I never really cared though, and got my water from coffee which is a diuretic, so it really does the opposite of hydrate you.
Turns out Mom knew what she was talking about. She always had this book lying around called ‘You’re not sick, you’re thirsty!” I read the book and it is so interesting how common ailments like headaches, fatigue, and even flu like symptoms can occur just from not having enough water in your system. I definitely recommend checking that book out!
One of the best things you can do to clear your head during extremely stressful times is working out. For me specifically, running is a lifesaver.
Physical activity may seem unnecessary, but the benefits are awesome if you want to live a long and healthy life. Exercise isn’t just for people who want to lose weight or are super in to lifting weights. Those who exercise more are likely to live longer than those who do not.
If you’re feeling extra stressed during exams, take a thirty minute break and go jog outside to help clear your mind or go to the gym to blow off steam. The spring time weather is perfect all day and night for this. If you live in Pullman I would recommend running outside, because of the safe environment we have here.
Clearing your mind could be just the thing you need to get your through that last part of that paper or finishing up those note cards you’ll end up forgetting at home when you go to campus.
Good luck to everyone on exams. Remember that little changes can make the biggest differences, so do your brain a favor and give it a boost.