Diet plays a major role in ascertaining how one’s body may function in different situations. Exam stress is one such time when diet should be apt
With exams around the corner, anxiety levels of both the parents and students are at an all-time high. To cope up with the exam stress, staying energised and healthy is more than essential. As parents, we must give our children the positivity and a relaxed environment for them to come out as winners. Besides this, it is necessary to realise that the diet they eat has a significant impact on their performance. I believe that a proper and nutritious diet can help with the same. Give your children these foods daily that may help to increase their concentration, help strengthen their immunity and also reduce stress. Hence, with studies, parents should understand that a proper diet is a significant factor that can help kids concentrate better in studies. Imagine, how difficult would it be for kids with a growling stomach or an over-stuffed stomach study properly?
To help you understand what can make the child concentrate more, here are some tips as to how a properly-planned diet can make a huge difference in tackling exam anxiety in kids:
Several parents are concerned who seek diet recommendations for their children, especially during exam season. I suggest keeping snacks like almonds handy. Eating almonds may also help in managing the child’s weight, as according to a recent study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, participants who consumed 43 grams almonds every day experienced reduced hunger.
Students tend to stay up till late during their exams taking to coffee to stay awake, buying themselves extra hours of study time. However, taking too much caffeine can pose harm to their health despite the fact it gives a sudden energy boost and helps to stay awake for long hours. So a better alternative to coffee can be fresh juices, buttermilk, soup or fresh lime water it can help staying hydrated that in turn is key for good concentration.
It is common for students to crave a sugar boost while under stress. Instead of giving in to unhealthy options like cake, chocolates or other foods loaded with artificial sugars, instead take to fresh fruits that have profuse natural sugar and are better than a chocolate bar or a piece of cake. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, and you can give it to your child with yoghurt, or they even taste great when eaten plain. Other healthy fruits include melon, banana, and oranges.
Eggs and healthy snacks
Including an egg, a day in your child’s diet can help in improving his concentration and improving memory. Eggs contain choline that is key in helping with concentration and good memory. Other healthy snacks include makhana and paneer that are light and can help your child feel satiated without having to indulge in unhealthy snacking due to exam stress.
So plan right, and prepare for exam season on a good note.
Contributed by Ritika Samaddar, Regional Head - Dietetics, Max Healthcare, Delhi
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