Welcome back friends, Cat here!
That time of semester has come around again and exams are right around the corner (yaaawn). So while we day dream of living in stretchy pants, drinking copious amount of tea and binge watching a Netflix series, first we have to smash through these last couple of weeks.
Obviously, this doesn’t only apply to Uni students though, as I’m a strong believer in the saying ‘Life happens!’ So, this post is also a shout out for all you double shift workers, those with more than one job, and to those raising little ones!
Working your brain all day long can take its toll. It’s important to listen to your body at these times and give it the love it needs! Especially since it’s started cooling down and our immune systems can start to weaken due to stress.
Which is why if you've been feeling a little stressed lately I thought I'd pop together a list of the best foods to eat to help you stay calm.
FULL of antioxidants, these help fight all the little nasties in the body! Think of blueberries as the little soldiers who work with your immune system to keep you at your healthiest! Your immune system plays a big part in regulating stress levels. These are also an excellent choice if you’re feeling like you need a little sugar rush to keep you going!
Had to tell you guys about this one! Consuming dark chocolate and cacao stimulates your blood vessels to relax. This promotes unrestricted blood flow which helps lower your blood pressure. Importantly, improving blood flow to the brain, which might be working a little over time. Now, remember. Everything in moderation people!
Personally, a cup of tea does wonders for me! After a long day, if you you’re craving something sweet after dinner, take this one into consideration. Known as the calming tea, chamomile tea is full of antioxidants and naturally free of caffeine, which is excellent before bed as it promotes relaxation and sleep.
Nuts and Seeds
A good nut mix is my numero uno, easiest snack food ever!
Containing loads of Magnesium, which is excellent for maintaining a clear mind during study. It helps increase energy levels, which suppresses feeling foggy or sluggish while you’re trying to concentrate. It calms anxiety as well and relaxes your muscles.
I cannot express how magical leafy greens are! Full of Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin C and Vitamin E (to name a few!) However, adding greens into your diet increases folate intake! Which increases the production of dopamine in the brain, also known as the pleasure inducing chemical. Happiness = calm…
While this isn’t a food, think of plants and how they turn sunlight into energy. Humans do this too, well... kind of. When we are exposed to sunlight, our brain produces serotonin, which is a mood lifting chemical. This is important to remember if you are spending a lot of time indoors.
A friend of mine who works in an office, told me he tries to drink lots of water as an excuse to get up out of his chair and walks to the furthest bathroom in his building. Need an excuse to leave your desk? This is a good way to stretch your legs. Maybe while you’re there, do a few downwards dogs and keep your body flowing.
Let me know if you have any fave snacks for studying!
Tell us, what are your fave snacks for studying?