“A HEALTHY MIND RESIDES IN A HEALTHY BODY”
It’s a million-dollar question for all those currently preparing for JEE/NEET/BOARDS or any entrance exam but unable to take care of their health
There are the following points that you can follow to maintain a healthy lifestyle during your preparation stage.
- Wake up before sunrise. Many would suggest at least one hour before, start your day with a glass of warm water(add lemon honey if possible)
- Freshen up and step outside. Whatever crappy place you are living, morning is always peaceful and relaxing. Please find nearby parks if you can.
- For the next 30 minutes forget your studies, just focus on yourself. Run /walk brisk or do some yoga. you will always find so many people doing this and feel energized.
- Do not stay for more, make it a habit to stay only for 30–40 mins maximum
- Once you are back. take shower or do whatever as per your daily plan
- Ensure you do not miss breakfast
- Drink water at regular intervals
- Take short breaks while doing self-study, do some stretching/ meditation in between
- Don’t eat too much because it will make you feel lazy and lethargic.
- Don’t eat too much oily or fatty food.
- Eat when you feel hungry. Don’t eat every hour.
- Eat fruits every day such as apple, banana, mango, pineapple.
- Start your day with a warm glass of milk and a nourishing breakfast such as oats, daliya, brown rice.
- Drink plenty (2.5–3 liters) of water day in and day out.
Here are some food items and tips which should be there in your diet during IIT-JEE/MEDICAL NEET preparation –
- FRUITS– Fruits are one of the finest eatables to fight against laziness and procrastination. They have the power to fertilize your brain and improve your study habits. There are various fruits one can add to their diet, starting from cherries to avocado, bananas to apple, and many more. Every fruit has its own set of unique specialties that can help you in some way or the other to improve your performance in the exam.
- CHOCOLATE– Chocolates are one of the best eatables used to balance your mind and body. They are rich in antioxidants that help in improving concentration.
- WATER– The most powerful hydrating source of our body is water. Apart from this property, water also does wonders for your brain. It helps in maintaining the natural blood flow in the body by carrying blood to various parts and helps in the growth of the brain. A hydrated body is naturally quite active. This helps you to stay full of energy. Doctors suggest drinking a lot of water for the healthy functioning of the body. Drink at least 8-9 glasses of water daily. If you do not have the habit of drinking water, there is an application Drink water to remind you the same, Download now!
- BLUEBERRIES– Filled with vitamins, blueberries help to take care of the mental function of the body. It limits the level of toxins in your blood that further improves memory.
- Eat 5 Small Meals A Day Instead of 3 Large Meals–When you eat large meals, your body gets lazy and demands rest. You ultimately end up sleeping much more than you should. If you fight the urge to sleep when you are full, you won’t be able to concentrate. You will be less productive. Hence, to stay active you are advised to eat 5 small meals a day. These meals will curb your hunger but will not force you to take rest.
- Substitute Junk Food for Dry Fruits–Many students love snacking while studying and these snacks are usually fried foods, which are very unhealthy. You can substitute these with dry fruits, especially almonds and walnuts. They are very healthy, delicious, and filling.
- Get sufficient sleep. A human body requires 7-8 hours of sleep to work well. It is important for your mental and physical health, both. Do not stay up late at night. Avoid looking at a screen just before you sleep.
- Exercise at least thrice in a week. There is a strong mind-body connection, which means a healthy mind will have a healthy mind too. Do some small exercises for a few minutes. Try yoga. Or just walk around your house for a few minutes. Simple things can have a bigger impact too. Studying in the comfort of your home doesn’t need to be all bad. Although, you do need to put in a little to stay on track and make the best out of the situation presented to you. Soon the COVID-19 will pass and you will be able to continue your preparations in classrooms, however, one should be able to adapt to the circumstances and stay positive in difficult times too. With little adjustments and careful planning, you can achieve all your goals even during a pandemic.
All the best to all JEE,NEET aspirants.