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How to Stay Healthy During Exams

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November 27, 2013
I was a student for more than 20 years. Let me teach you the best tips and tricks on how to stay healthy that I learned!

It’s that time of year again where 10 exams (yes, you read that correctly) are on the horizon and you want to get through those two weeks as unscathed as possible. Here are some of my helpful suggestions that I’ve accumulated throughout the years.

Calm & clean study area | Although a study recently came out about messy desks promoting creativity, this isn’t the time to get creative. I subscribe to the idea ‘tidy house, tidy mind’ as I usually begin to get anxious when I look around my cluttered surroundings. Interestingly enough, in that same study, having a clean study area promotes healthy eating (bonus!).

Stay hydrated & nourished | Fun fact: when the brain shrinks (because of dehydration), cognitive impairments start to occur. The easy fix? Drink water and aim for 2-3L per day. While coffee and tea  are delicious sources of water (I’m looking at you peppermint mocha), they act as dehydrators so make sure you’re drinking lots of water no matter what. Moreover, eating the three main meals of the day, as well as smart snacking is key! While a cupcake is okay every now and then, it can lead to feelings of sluggishness. A quick TCM fact: eating lots of sweet and processed foods can damage your spleen organ, which is in charge of intellect – keep your spleen healthy by eating warm, cooked foods (with complex carbs rather than simple ones).

Exercise | To quote Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” Exercise helps improve symptoms of depression, and endorphins can help fight stress. Not only does exercise improve the mood, it (unsurprisingly) affects memory as well. Although the research was conducted on 70-80 year old women with symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the results were promising – exercise improves both verbal and spatial memory. Studies in rats suggest that aerobic exercise (such as running) may provide better benefit than resistance training, although the effects were subtle.

SleepEver heard of the saying ‘sleep is for the weak?’ Don’t take it to heart. Impairments in sleep can leave to cognitive decline, and interestingly enough more than 9 hours can lead to cognitive impairments as well! In addition, research shows that non-REM (deep) and REM sleep affect different parts of memory, so be sure to get 6-8 hours of sleep per night.

Friends & Family | Yes, you’re very busy. But you need to take a break sometime. Why not see a friend and talk about things that have no relation to school. Better yet – go on an exercise date, which is really the best of both worlds.

Music | Although some swear by silence, I like listening to music while I study. My go-to playlist features any and all albums by Bon Iver, Lorde, Mumford and Sons, and The XX. 

Female Friday

December 16, 2016

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Did you have a wonderful week this week? I hope so! My osteopath fixed up my ankle and helped me stop coughing in the middle of the night. I was featured on the Expectant Mom Project (please check it out!), and I am slowly building up a mountain of books to read over the holidays!

5 Links to Read

Going off the birth control pill | Oftentimes coming off the pill can be easy – but it may result in those symptoms you tried to avoid (acne, painful periods, etc.) or lead to amenorrhea (aka. loss of your period). There are ways to fix this, with the right help and guidance!

Millennials are pretending to be older | “Young female workers report feeling marginalized and patronized, having to prove themselves over and over. And so some young women are deliberately concealing their age in the workplace—through both style choices and carefully guarding their number—in the hope of being perceived as older, and therefore more serious and respectable”

I can resonate with this article, because at times I feel that despite almost being 30 years old – I’m perceived as a young kid. This ‘entitled’ stereotype that women work against may be one of the reasons why we spend so much time in the workforce trying to achieve our professional goals, prolonging our fertility journey and potential struggle. That’s not to infer a causation, but all the stress that women experience trying to prove themselves may not be conducive to optimal health.

Mansplaining Hotline | I started listening to a podcast about mansplaining on SMNTY, and then came across this article. My question is: Have you ever had someone mansplain something to you?

Period Euphemisms | I’ve never heard most of these before – but German’s strawberry week (Erdbeerwoche)? Pretty cute.

Menstrupedia |  This would have been a great resource to complement that out-dated Fully Alive textbook back in elementary school. Menstruation and menstrual health is so important for girls (and their parents) to recognize at an early age!

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