11 Nov How To Curb Stress-Eating During Board Examinations
TIPS FOR A HEALTHY AND HAPPY STUDY ROUTINE! BUILD THE KNOWLEDGE NOT THE FLAB
With lakhs of students across the country appearing for the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) board examinations, exam stress can tend to make students crave more for high fat and high sugar snacks. Also the high stress levels create a greater need for certain essential nutrients like vitamin C, B, magnesium, potassium, etc. required for the generation of adrenal hormones or the stress-fighting hormones.
“ During exam phase students often find themselves adopting very bad eating habits, which over the period of a few weeks, can considerably affect their overall health. An unhealthy diet not only harms the good functioning of our body, but it also affects the state of mind. Bad dieting is often related to low energy and lethargy, which is not preferable while studying. Moreover, it is said that a habit takes about 21 days to implement itself. Thus, when exams are over, students might find themselves stuck to these junk eating habits, and getting rid of it may become a tough task. .”
The two main components that come into play in avoiding an unhealthy diet during exams are stress management and self-discipline. Students need to actively work towards lowering levels of stress, and then be able to have a clearer mind for making sounder choices. Here are some tips and tricks on how to achieve this state through a nutritious route:
1. Snack smart – Snacking is inevitable while studying, but it is essential to have control over your intake. Maintain a safe distance from unhealthy snacks like all crackers, chips, cereal, granola bars, candy and any other calorie dense foods high in sugar and fats.
2. Make breakfast your study buddy – Just a cup of Coffee in the morning before studying doesn’t cut it. The ideal way for a healthy breakfast before you start studying is to get some protein, calcium, fiber and a piece of fruit or a vegetable in there. So, go for options like a bowl of cereal with milk, fruits, and some eggs on toast, etc.
3. Stay hydrated – Make sure to choose your beverages well! Students drink a lot of coffee while studying but since too much of caffeine can make you jittery; try to drink it in moderate amounts. Also try to include water, fruit juice, milk, and anti-oxidant-rich green tea in your routine rather than relying only on caffeine.
4. Go for power packed vegetables – Not all vegetables are the same when it comes to nutrition amounts. For example, spinach has more to offer the mind and body than lettuce. Bell peppers, broccoli and sweet potatoes are also few healthy options that can be included.
5. Vitamin C is a must – When you’re heading for the library, pack whole-food items like apples, bananas, carrot sticks or dried apricots. As they have vitamin C and fiber in them.
6. Eat at regular intervals – Eating regular meals helps keep nutrient and energy levels more stable, curbing the temptation to eat unhealthy snacks. You might find that consuming the usual three-meals-a-day slows you down mentally as well as physically; instead one should go for 5 or 6 well-balanced, smaller meals.