Start the day early
- Start the day early. Have a glass of water on waking up. This will hydrate and refresh you. Since the body has had no intake over several hours, you are dehydrated on waking up. Drinking water ‘switches on’ your brain and your body to start the day afresh. It is also a nice, gentle way to ease your digestive system into the rest of the day. Water is the best way to prevent and chase away fatigue.
- Make sure you drink enough water before and during your exam (you can add lemon juice to the water) Dehydration can make you lose your concentration, feel faint and sap your energy, so do not wait till you are thirsty to drink a glass of water.
- Avoid sodas/colas and coffee – it increases nervousness.
Make time to eat
- Even if you normally avoid eating when you are nervous, you should still make the time to eat something. Very simply, your brain needs the energy from food to work efficiently. You need to keep your mental focus on your exam and not on your hunger. If you really cannot have food, then try having a fruit, nuts, milk shake or smoothie.
Eat ‘smart’ foods to help fuel your brain
- Eat brain boosting food. This includes protein – rich foods which can lead to greater mental alertness. For healthy food choices on exam days include eggs, nuts, yogurt and paneer. Good breakfast combinations might be whole-grain cereal with low fat milk, eggs and toast with jam, porridge, oatmeal or daliya & curd.
- Other dietary choices considered to be brain foods are fish, walnuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, dried fruits and figs.
- Fruit provides excellent brain fuel which can help you think faster and remember more easily. You could eat cucumbers, oranges, strawberries and bananas. In terms of vegetables, raw carrots, capsicum, spinach & broccoli are good choices.
- Avoid brain blocking foods – on exam days, stay away from foods made up of maida such as cookies, cakes & muffins. Avoid chocolates, desserts, candies etc.
- Also avoid rice and potatoes as they make you feel heavy and sleepy.
We hope you do brilliantly in your exams! Our very best wishes.