How small lifestyle adjustments make learning easier

As we enter spring, the season synonymous with new beginnings, warmth and growth; it gives us an opportunity to look at ways to increase our learning ability from a different perspective.

1. Drinking water

As our bodies are mostly made up of water, the benefits of drinking enough water are countless. The most important of these for students is the increase in brain function. Drinking water has been shown to increase concentration and other cognitive abilities. It is an excellent way to cool down on a hot day, making students calmer and less irritable.

Water also helps to stay awake and alert. in fact, there are studies which show that drinking water can have the same effect as consuming caffeine on staying awake, alert and remaining attentive. Staying hydrated can also prevent headaches and help to regulate body temperature, which can make the coming summer days more bearable.

As the temperatures are rising, dehydration becomes more likely. It is said that by the time the body shows signs of thirst, the brain is already operating on less than 15% of its brain function. this alone is evidence of the importance of water to the learner. Dehydration can also cause fatigue, irritability and headache. All these can result in a distracted student, with a decline in performance and cognitive abilities

To encourage children to drink more water, they can carry a water bottle with them as a reminder to drink more water. 

2. Regular light exercise

With the hectic schedules we have, it is not always easy to find time for exercise. In fact, South Africans live a rather sedentary lifestyle. There are many health risks associated with this, but we will look at how exercise can be beneficial to students.

Exercises increase circulation to the brain, which means that the brain can receive more oxygen and nutrients. Exercises also encourage more consumption of water, which as mentioned above has many benefits for students

Exercise also helps with memory retention and thinking skills. This is because regular exercise helps to stimulate the growth of new connections in the brain. As new connections are formed, memories are easily made and attaining knowledge becomes easier.

Many students show some form of stress and anxiety, especially during test and exam periods. Exercises help to release a set of “happy hormones”, called endorphins. These hormones help to regulate other hormones, such as stress hormones. Endorphins are therefore essential for coping with stress and anxiety, and they also help to regulate mood swings, body temperature and sleep patterns. This makes for a calm and relaxed student.

A simple way to get children to exercises more is by encouraging them to spend time outside. Simply playing outside can provide them with more than enough exercise. Something as simple as going for a walk together can be very beneficial for a bit the aren’t and the child.

3. Getting enough sleep

During busy periods, such as during tests and exams, students may feel the need to stay up later and go through their work just one last time. But the truth is, it is much better to sleep. A minimum of 6 hours of sleep is required for memory retention.

Also, a well-rested student can pay more attention. with better concentration, the students can be able to learn better. Sleep also acts as a good mood regulator, which can help students cope with stress.

Enforcing a strict sleep schedule may be required, but over time, the child will adapt and will not need such strict enforcement.

Keep in mind that to get the best performance from your child, the environment should support learning. In this case, the body the houses the brain is kept healthy to keep the brain healthy. A healthy brain learns better and faster, and can be attained by staying hydrated, exercises and getting enough rest.

Exercise together with proper hydration can help regulate sleep patterns. As these three tools work together, and each has similar results, implementing all three can result in a more proficient and successful student.

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