Stay Sharp – Test Smart – Nourish Your Brain! 🧠

We all know the “April showers bring May flowers” saying. However, for many parents and students, May brings stress and test anxiety. There are many positive and negative outlooks on standardized testing, but regardless of your opinion, testing is here to stay. Neurologically, high stress disrupts our brain’s ability to function effectively. Reducing stress and optimizing brain health should be a priority for students and parents alike. The following tips should prove helpful in guiding students during this stressful time and helping parents alleviate their stress levels.

Tips for Brain Health for All Seasons

  • Prioritize Sleep. Before taking a test, forget the “pulling an all-nighter” strategy. Sleep is crucial for brain health and memory function.
  • Eat Well. A well-balanced and nutritious diet packed with necessary nutrients will supply the brain with the energy it needs to run optimally.
  • Stay Hydrated. Drink plenty of water since dehydration can impair cognitive function and lead to poor test-taking.
  • Exercise Regularly. Physical activity is one of the best stress relievers, so get moving.
  • Take Breaks. Short breaks during study sessions can help prevent mental fatigue and brain overload.
  • Stay Organized. Remove clutter around your study space, utilize calendars and planners, and avoid distractions like the phone.
  • Stay Positive. Shut down the inner critic voice and remind yourself of your strengths.
  • Manage Stress. Relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or walking outside can improve memory and cognitive function.
  • Stay Social. Family and friend connections can have positive effects on brain function.
  • Challenge your Brain. Learning a new language, solving puzzles, playing a musical instrument, reading, and other critical thinking activities can stimulate the brain.

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Tampa General Hospital

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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital