Healthy study tips - banish the old late nights and snacks! | Torsion Students
Date June 2021

Healthy study tips – banish the old late nights and snacks!

By Torsion Students 

There are plenty of memory boosting, healthy hints and tips that can help get us into good study patterns. Smart studying means no more all nighters or sending your blood pressure sky high. 

 

Fitness for mind and body  

Overall physical and mental health is a must but we bet you never thought that a run or an exercise class can also help improve your memory.

Moderate exercise is proven to improve cognitive performance, but by building regular exercise into your schedule is by far the best.

There are plenty of options on YouTube, including our favourites Joe Wicks or Yoga with Adriene 

 

Mindfulness and Meditation 

Relax with some meditation, proven to reduce stress and pain, lower blood pressure and improve short term memory.

The Calm App is brilliant for reducing anxiety, better sleep and simply to provide a moment of calm in this busy world! 

 

Sugar-free  

Well, we aren’t saying no sugar at all, but we all know that eating too much added sugar can cause health issues. Research also shows that a sugary diet can cause poor short term memory. So put down the sweets and biscuits when you have an end of term paper to revise for! 

 

Here’s some NHS advice on cutting down on sugar  

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/how-to-cut-down-on-sugar-in-your-diet/  

  

Finding Nemo 

No, not the film…..just a transition into talking about the benefits of a fishy diet! Fish oil is rich in the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

These can lower the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation, relieve stress and anxiety, and slow mental decline. There are many studies sharing how consuming fish (and seafood) or fish oil supplements can help improve your memory. 

Here are some of the best fish recipes or buy Fish Oil tablets from most supermarkets, chemists or health food shops. 

 

Ease off the booze  

Consuming too much alcohol can be detrimental to your health, and again, can negatively impact your memory.

A drink now and again is fine of course, but if you avoid excessive alcohol you’ll protect your grey matter and ensure you can always get up for those early morning lectures!

There’s plenty of alternatives to alcohol out there – from alcohol free wine and beer as well as spirits and cocktails.

Check out Club Soda, a great organisation helping you live well by being more mindful about drinking – whether you want to cut down, take a break from alcohol, or stop drinking. 

 

Sweet dreams 

Studies suggest that the quantity and quality of sleep have a profound impact on learning and memory. Without stating the obvious, a sleep-deprived person cannot focus their attention and therefore cannot learn efficiently.

But crucially, sleep itself has a role in the consolidation of memory, which is essential for learning new information.  

 

The NHS has some good tips to get a good nights sleep. 

 

Try adding a few of these tips to your daily routine to boost your brain health and keep your mind active and memory in tip-top condition for exam season.
 

 

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