Exam season can be very demanding on young minds. With technology always changing, today’s children are relying on their ability to focus more than any other generation before them. One way of coping with stress is by turning to the good old basics; healthy habits and a nutritious diet.
Up the Omega-3 Fatty Acids
One of the basic rules for a healthy mind starts with the nutrients we consume. And nothing has proven as essential as Omega-3 fats. Foods that are rich in Omega-3 fats include fatty fish, such as tuna and sardines as well as a variety of nuts and seeds. These nutrients improve memory function, promotes better sleep, and calms a busy mind.
A natural way of improving your child’s working memory includes fish and fish oil supplements in his/her diet. Fish and fish oil supplements are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. However, children can be picky eaters. That’s where Sportron’s Melotone Syrup and Melotone Junior Chewable Omega Capsules come in handy. Both contain all the health benefits of fish and fish oil, taste good, and are easy to consume.
For High School students we also recommend Sportron’s Mental Fitness. It provides the nervous system, which includes the brain, with nutrients essential for optimal function. Mental fitness is especially for learners from Grade 8 onwards.
Get enough sleep
Research shows that lack of sleep causes the regions of the brain linked to reasoning and planning to shut down. Your child’s long-term memories are also consolidated during deep sleep, making it so much more important to catch enough sleep to retain all that learning material.
If your child struggles to fall asleep, we recommend you add Sportron’s Omegatone 1000 Soft Gel Capsules or Melotone Syrup to their daily routine. A Vitamin D and Calcium supplement could also come in handy. We love Sportron’s Magnetone D and Calcitone. Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D work hand-in-hand in promoting better sleep.
It’s time to explore the boundaries, rules, limits – whatever you call it in your household during exam season. And we can’t stress enough how important it is for you to involve your child in the rule-making process. When a child feels more in control of their fate, they are more likely to comply and work together.
Studying for extended periods may take a toll on your child’s eyes, primarily if they use a computer. Also, avoid using the computer or the phone before going to bed or in bed. The blue light used in these devices is known to affect sleep and also puts a strain on your child’s eyes.
While socialising might not be on the top of the list during exams, it is still important to allow your child time to unwind. Time spent with a friend will help relieve stress and improve your child’s mood. It will also benefit your child to interact with peers experiencing the same ups and downs during this time.
Remember, your child getting sick or overly stressed during exams can undermine all their hard work and efforts. Allow them to reach their full potential. Health is the one test you don’t want them to fail!
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Please note that the foods and supplements listed above may boost your immune health, but they don’t protect specifically against COVID-19.
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By Parent & Educational Training & Happy Healthy
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Dr Elna Steenkamp (Clinical Psychologist)