• Work out – there’s no better feeling than being sore from a workout and your body and soul will love you for it.
  • Wash your face – if you’re too lazy to get out the cleanser and flannel, buy cleansing wipes and start fresh with a clean face each day.
  • Clean your room – clean room, clean mind, right? Vacuum, have clean ledges and a clean workspace.
  • Wash your sheets once a week – sleeping in crisp new sheets is a dream come true.
  • Eat breakfast – once you’re in the habit of eating breakfast you’ll never go without.
  • Socialise – studies show that people who keep in touch with others are generally happier than those who don’t.

Who doesn’t love to eat and who doesn’t like the idea of reaching their full academic potential? Be sure to feed your brain:

  • Wholegrains – Wholegrains with a low-GI release glucose (sugar) gradually into the bloodstream, keeping you energetic and alert throughout the day. Opt for ‘brown’ cereals like oats, wheatbran, granary bread and brown pasta.
  • Blueberries – Studies have shown that eating blueberries can improve or delay short-term memory loss (for all you last-minute crammers).Try frozen blueberries in hot porridge – delicious!
  • Fatty fish – Salmon, sardines and tuna are perfect examples that are packed with omega-3 fatty acids – powerful nutrients that are essential for a healthy mind. Check out the cheap salmon pasta recipe in ‘Meals for an empty stomach and an empty wallet’.
  • Avocados – These contain vitamin E, an important antioxidant that is absorbed much better from food than supplements.
  • Chocolate – The dark kind (70 per cent cocoa) is an awesome energy source said to be rich in flavonoids, another class of antioxidants that some research links to brain health.
  • Water – You’ve got to drink it anyway, so pop a slice of lemon or cucumber in your drink bottle for flavour and you’re away laughing. Water is absolutely essential – a hydrated mind is a fast mind. Think of it like putting petrol in a car.
  • Yoghurt and mixed nuts – This is said to be the perfect remedy for stress. It’s calming and tastes good too – perfect as a pre-exam or interview snack.
  • Coffee – In moderation, is awesome for short-term memory and reaction times. Thanks to the ever-so-addictive caffeine, it can keep you alert and focused.


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