How to Keep your Stress at Bay
There is no doubt that this time of year for some people can be extremely stressful, with either year 11 & 12 exams or university exams.
To an extent a certain level of stress is healthy, as it helps to stimulate our brain and overall performance and productivity levels.
A few of my key tips for keeping stress at bay and thriving in your studies is
1. Drink Plenty of Water -hydration is key as over 75% of our body is made up purely of water
2. Eat a Rainbow - eat a well-balanced diet, that has a minimal amount of gluten and no sugar, this helps to reduce bloating and makes sure that those blood sugar levels stay balanced. I recommend eating a source of protein at each meal, coupled with a complexed carbohydrate such as rye bread, brown rice etc. plus ensuring that you are eating a wide selection of dark green leafy vegetables.
3. Ensure that you are getting 8 - 9 hours sleep each night.
4. Exercise - regularly, incorporate some high intensity workout into your week, plus some more relaxing exercise such as Yoga, Pilates, or walking.
5. Take regular study breaks - remembering that it is not the quantity of work that you study but rather the quality of those study sessions.
When I am studying I typically like to plan my day in the morning so that I know that I won't get distracted and equally will achieve all the work that I endeavoured to achieve.
A rough template of how to structure a study day:
6.30 - Wake Up & Glass of Water (+ Apple Cider Vinegar Shot)
7.30 - HITT Training / Low Intensity Workout – depending on how you are feeling
8.30 - Shower & Breakfast
9.30 - Study Session 1
11.00 - Break (Walk to your local café for a fresh juice / coffee / chai)
11.30 - Study Session 3
1.00pm - Lunch
2.30 - Study Session 4
4.30 - Break (Walk Around the Block)
5.15 - Study Session 5
7.00 - Dinner
8.00 – Relaxation Time w/ Friends & Family
9.30 - Bed & Reading
10.00 - Lights Out
* It is important to note that for everyone your study schedule will be different, however, I recommend that individuals study for no more than 1.5 hours, as after this statistics and research have shown that we can be unproductive as our mind tends to drift off to other thoughts.
If you have any questions about anything I have mentioned about above, don't hesitate to reach out.
Happy Studying x
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