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Did you know that staying healthy can promote academic performance and help you reach your educational goals? 

 

Research shows that certain foods may be especially important for brain health and promoting mental performance (Kubala, 2020).

 

The following foods have been linked to improved brain health and make excellent choices when you’re cramming study in.

 

Berries

Rich in a variety of compounds that may help promote academic performance and protect the health of your brain. Berries are especially high in flavonoid compounds called anthocyanins – these are believed to improve mental performance by increasing blood flow to the brain and improving certain signalling pathways that promote nerve cell production and cellular processes involved in learning and memory (Kubala, 2020).
 
Citrus fruits

Similar to berries, citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit are rich in flavonoids. A study in 40 young adults shows that drinking 500 ml of 100% orange and grapefruit juice improved performance on a test that involved matching symbols to numbers (Jaeger, 2018).
 
Dark chocolate and cocoa products

Cocoa has the highest flavonoid content by weight of any other food, which is why cocoa products like chocolate may favourably affect brain health. A study in 90 older adults with mild mental impairment drank cocoa beverage (990 mg of flavonoid) once a day for 8 weeks. At the end of the study, people who drank the high flavonoid beverage performed better on mental tests.
 
Nuts 

Packed with nutrients that are essential for brain health, including Vitamin E and zinc. Research shows that snacking on nuts may even help improve certain aspects of brain function. A study in 317 children found that nut intake was related to improved reaction time and performance on brain tests (Kim & Khang, 2017)
 
Eggs

Rich in nutrients that are necessary for brain function, including vitamin B12, choline, and selenium. However – you need to eat whole eggs, not just whites. One study in 19 children and adolescents found that eating egg yolks was associated with higher short-term learning, memory scores, and attention, compared with egg whites (Kucab, 2019).

 

Main source:

Kubala, J., 2020. The Top 9 Brain Foods for Studying and Exams. [online] Healthline. Available at: <https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/brain-food-for-studying> [Accessed 4 February 2021].

 

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A healthy mind and body will always be our resource to enjoy life. Regardless of who we are in society, what we have achieved, how much we own and how much wealth we have acquired, if our health is at risk, we cannot perform or function to the best of our ability. 

 

Hence, health is our true wealth – it depicts how we are able to enjoy and fulfil this life!

 

What kind of things should you invest in?

  • The quality and type of food you eat.
  • Exercise – keep moving regularly.
  • Explore – spend more time outside.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Reduce stress – find balance between work and personal life.
  • Stimulate your brain – read, challenge your thought patterns, take up a new hobby.
  • Relax – take some time for yourself, take in and appreciate your surroundings.

 

Slight and simple changes can benefit your health:

 

  • Eat slower to reduce your risk of eating too much.
  • Take a water bottle with you everywhere.
  • Bake or roast instead of grilling and frying.
  • Try at least one new healthy recipe per week.
  • Eat your greens first so you fill up on the good stuff.
  • Cook at home more often.
  • Replace soft drink with sparkling water.

 


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If you think resolutions are so cliche, then perhaps you need to think again! When a year ends and a new one begins, your mind is drawn to preparation and planning. You feel optimistic that it’s going to be a fresh new year full of promises and hope. It certainly is the best time to make changes in various areas of your life.


The tradition of writing down all the things that we want to achieve for the rest of the year usually happens in the first week of January. Now that we're approaching the end of the month, the big question is, are you still upholding your resolutions? We start really strong and determined, however, when February comes, we start to fizzle… but why?

Most people fail to commit to their resolutions due to extreme pressure or lack of motivation and discipline. As the saying goes “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” - The intention to change wavers very quickly due to a form of resistance called inertia.

The law of inertia is Sir Isaac Newton’s first law and it states that "A body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force." As humans, we are also influenced by inertia - we continue to tread the same path throughout our lives unless other forces alter our course. Therefore, if we would like to change for the better, then we should find that “greater force” that will positively alter the direction of our life inertia.

Here are some of the things you can do to accelerate your success in 2021:


Tackle one resolution at a time

Don’t beat yourself up! Change requires time. Start slowly and work toward changing one thing at a time. It’s best to make small lifestyle changes every day until it already feels like it’s a natural part of your routine. Read more about Game-changing Habits to Supercharge Your Life.

Trust Yourself

Develop your self-confidence. Believe that you can make excellent decisions and you have the ability to improve no matter what your current circumstances are. Your thoughts will eventually manifest into actions so you have to guard your mind against negative thoughts. Click here to learn how to solve the confidence gap.

Be Flexible and Adaptive

If your plan is not working, review and tweak it if necessary. Always be open to suggestions and embrace new ideas. You need to adjust yourself to meet the needs of your situation or current environment.

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

—  Jimmy Dean

 

Treat each day as another chance to start over.

 

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in, and day-out.

—  Robert Collier

 

Write a Letter to Your Future Self

Grab a pen and paper, reflect and write down your thoughts, seal and open it at a future date. Your letter may contain words of validation, reassurance, and encouragement. Try to picture yourself a year, 2 years or 5 years from now and outline what you want to achieve in that timeframe. This could be a great way to make your dreams happen. Write a note to your future self today and you will be amazed to discover how much you’ve changed (or not) over the years.

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Inspiration can be found all around us, we just have to take the time to stop, look, and appreciate – be present and in the moment. There are many different sources you may utilise in order to gain inspiration. 

 

Books

 

Autobiographies, biographies, poems, tips on personal development, and self-care books encourage reflection and readers can resonate with them.

  • ‘Creativity, Inc.’ by Ed Catmull
  • ‘How to Be a Bawse’ by Lilly Singh
  • ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck’ by Mark Manson
  • ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • ‘Grit’ by Angela Duckworth
  • ‘Tools of Titans’ by Tim Ferriss
  • ‘You Are a Badass at Making Money’ by Jen Sincero
  • ‘Year of Yes’ by Shonda Rimes
  • ‘Girl Wash Your Face’ by Rachel Hollis
  • ‘Scar Tissue’ by Larry Sloman
  • ‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson

Documentaries

 

Documentaries are not only entertaining but also inspirational as they feature messages to lift your spirits and add positivity to your life. Netflix is a gold mine of informative documentaries that will feed your mind and boost your mood.

  • ‘Resurface’ (2017)
  • ‘The Minimalists: Less Is Now’ (2020)
  • ‘Daughters Of Destiny’ (2017)
  • ‘Expedition Happiness’ (2017)
  • ‘Dogs’ (2018)
  • ‘Given’ (2016)

Music

 

One song can create so many emotions, memories and feelings. Choose songs that make you more energetic, ready to do something with your life and motivate you. 

 

Spotify has many playlists and genres to choose from. Simply go the ‘Search’ section and browse all the categories from ‘Mood’ to ‘Chill’, ‘Workout’, ‘Focus’ and much more.

 

Meditation

 

The act of sitting still for a short time, emptying your mind and just focussing on your breathing, has a powerful effect on your mind, body and soul. They have meditation playlists on Spotify (type ‘Meditation in the ‘Search’ section or click on ‘Wellness’ in the categories), or you could even try YouTube for some videos.

 

Influencers

 

If you ever need a mood boost to add to your feed, or just another encouraging voice telling you that you’re capable, beautiful, strong and simply enough, give these Instagram accounts a follow.

  • mindsetofgreatness
  • _hi_anxiety_
  • thegoodquote
  • femalecollective
  • humansofny

 

These are just a few sources of inspiration, there are loads more out there (apps, podcasts, nature)!

 


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All of us create labels and build up images in our heads about who we think we are and how we are perceived by others. Perhaps this ideology is holding you back from your true self; the person you wish to be. The truth of the matter is that you don’t have to be who you always thought you were! You can change yourself and your life at any time.

 

There will be a time in your life, perhaps you are experiencing it now, where you feel stuck and dissatisfied with who you are and your surroundings. This could come when you experience a big change, such as leaving your job, ending a relationship, moving to a new home, or losing a loved one. Or maybe you’re bored and looking for something more in life, craving change. If this sounds like you, then you may need to reinvent yourself! 

 

To reinvent is to change something so much that it appears to be entirely new. A fresh start. People may reinvent themselves by changing their hair, their style, their goals, who they hang out and socialise with, living overseas, etc. People may resist due to fear of judgement or scared of change. But shifting your life is about throwing yourself in the deep end and not holding back. You will feel a new sense of life and purpose once you put the old you behind and start focussing on what type of person you want the new ‘you’ to be.

 


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