Are you so nervous before a test or presentation that you can’t eat? Do you forget to eat or not have time to cook so exist on snacks and junk food when you are studying? Well, that is not going to help you do your best on the big day.
Looking after your body and mind in the run up to an exam will boost your performance. Eating badly, or not at all can make you tired and sluggish. Do you think Lionel Messi goes without eating or crams down some chips on match days? Here are some tips for things to eat before an exam.
Don’t forget to eat. Many people get nervous or “butterflies” in their stomach before an exam or big presentation or interview. But if your stomach is growling or you are wasting energy on thinking about being hungry then you will be distracted from your real task. Not to mention your brain will not have the fuel it needs to perform to its best potential.
Drink plenty of water. Dehydration will not only cause fatigue but can cause headaches. Similarly, don’t overdo the coffee. It can also give you a headache and overstimulate, causing shaking and affect your concentration. Avoid alcohol while you are studying and especially the day before an exam. You KNOW that it impairs your ability to think clearly and causes tiredness, even if you don’t get a hangover, which is the worst thing on exam day. Fresh juices and smoothies are a great idea to boost your brainpower if you can get some.
Avoid junk food. Its tempting because it will give you a quick fix, but processed foods and sugary items will help you get a quick rush but you can also get a crash later on. They will not sustain you over the day and through a long exam.
Eat brain boosting food such as nuts,which contain nutrients like antioxidants, proteins, and some carbohydrates, giving you an energy boost. Fruits such as apples and bananas are good, and blueberries are considered by some to be a “superfood” improving memory through its antioxidants. Eggs contain vitamin B12, which gives energy and aside from providing a wealth of vitamins and minerals which can improve overall cognitive performance, they fill you up.
Don’t overeat. If you are very full it can make you sleepy and lethargic.
- Don’t try anything too new just before an exam. Whether it’s a food you’ve never had before or some kind of supplement, avoid experimenting when you have a test coming up, because if it doesn’t agree with you, it might hinder rather than help. Nobody wants to be sick while on an important test.