Tips to stay healthy when studying for your GED test
Passing your GED test (General Education Development (GED) will not come easy without the proper preparation. After all, what you are essentially doing is circumventing the typical average educational plan for high school students. As a result of this, many a times, students let bad habits creep in during the course of this preparations.
It’s easy to let these bad habits rule during this stressful time, but making the effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle will help you keep your stress levels to a minimum and achieve your best results come exam day.
Even if you aren’t completing exams at the moment, the tips I am about to show you can help you when you are in a similar situation in the future.
Don’t Forget To Sleep
I know SO many people who literally pull all-nighters the night before their exam or stay up to the early hours of the morning each day they study. While this may be your “style of studying” it could be doing so much more harm than good. Sleeping between 7 and 9 hours per night can have positive impact on ALL aspects of your health, this includes your ability to study! For example, getting enough sleep can actually help boost your memory. As we sleep, our brain goes through our impressions of the day, which is an important part of the memory formation process. So if you are trying to learn something new, you will actually perform better after sleeping. Getting enough sleep also helps to keep you alert and happy. Exams are stressful enough as it is so why make yourself even more irritable on purpose?! A lack of sleep also causes your body to release more stress hormone, called cortisol, which only adds to the stress. And if all of that wasn’t bad enough, a lack of sleep also causes your metabolism to slow down, and dramatically increases ghrelin levels – meaning your appetite is stimulated and you want more food! As you can see sleep is very important for a number of reasons! Make sure you are getting the required amounts each night, if not close to it!
Eat a well-balanced diet
It’s tempting to reach for study snacks such as chips and chocolate to see you through exams, but you’ll find it much easier to concentrate if you eat nutritional meals and healthy snacks. While the odd treat here and there is a good study reward, overloading on sugar or salt will only leave you feeling flat. It’s also important to make sure you eat a decent meal before your exam.
Avoid excess caffeine
Many students fall into the trap of turning to coffee or energy drinks to help them study. You may think that it will help you study into the night — or pep you up for an exam — but it’s more likely that you’ll ‘crash’.
Don’t Stop Moving!
So many people shy away from their regular gym or workout routines because they see it as less of a priority during exam time. While you may feel as though you might be too busy to complete your regular training program, I 100% recommend to at least go for a quick walk outside each day. Exercising releases endorphins which are your “happy” hormone, even if you don’t feel too happy about getting up, you will definitely feel better when you have finished! There have been several studies that have shown that exercise can actually improve concentration and your ability to process information, so a quick burst of fresh air could help you stay alert and study better when you get home. If you are really worried about cutting precious study time, go for a walk with a friend taking the same exam – this way you can revise while you walk!
Find a friend to study with
Studying with friends offers an opportunity to take a break and socialize while remaining productive. In fact, you may find that you work more effectively when you have others to motivate you and help you work through difficult concepts and subject matter.
Allow yourself some breaks
Studying can be tiring, so it’s important to stop and refresh every so often — even if you’re feeling overwhelmed and short of time. Taking five minutes to go for a short walk or make a cup of tea can help you clear your head and regain your focus.
Learn to manage stress
Each student has their own way of dealing with stress — you need to determine what works for you. Doing some exercise, having a short nap, catching up with friends or even just taking a few deep breaths are all good ways to relieve stress and refresh. If the stress is really starting to build up, you can speak to someone at your institution — your tutor or lecturer, an academic adviser or a counsellor.