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With exams around the corner it is easy to feel overwhelmed. There is no doubt that exam time can be a very stressful and daunting time for students (and sometimes parents).

Whether your studying for your junior cert, leaving cert, or college exams, it is important to look after yourself at this stressful period. I have teamed up with Eskimo Omegas to bring you our best Exams Tips to help you get through exam time smoothly.

During exam time you rely on one brain function above all others; Memory.

Relax, breathe, and remember you got this!

  1. Organization is key!

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Ensure you have a place to study and you have all your necessary subject books, test papers, stationary before you start your study session.

Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry. Break it down to simpler tasks.

Daily plan – This is what you can do day-to-day

  • Make a to-do list
  • Keep track of your assignments
  • What areas of study you need to focus on

Weekly Plan – overall plan for the week.

  • Dates of tests coming up
  • Tasks to be achieved this week

It is important to set a realistic timetable. If it is too demanding it will only end up stressing you out. Keep it simple.

 

  1. Eat a balanced diet

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Good nutrition is essential at any time of the year, but especially during an exam year when your brain and body are under great stress.

Plenty of fruits, vegetables, seeds, protein and good fats are vital!

 

  1. Drink plenty of water

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Stay hydrated. Try to minimize sugary drinks and caffeine and aim for 2L of water per day! When dehydrated the body and mind becomes dazed and restless so getting that much needed H20 will help you keep your mind clear and your energy levels up!

 

  1. Take regular breaks – exercise!

exam stress, exam tips, study, tips, eskimo omegas, eskimo 3.6.9, balanced diet, food ,nutrition, alison canavan, becomplete, exam time, study tipsGet some fresh air and exercise for at least 30 minutes per day. This stimulates the brain and helps to de-stress and focus the mind.

Plan your revision so you can take breaks and revise what you’ve just learned before moving on to anything new. Plus, it makes for a nice respite from studying – win, win.

 

  1. Talk through what you learnt

Sometimes saying it out loud and saying it back to yourself in your own words can help you memorize what you just have just learnt.

 

  1. Past Papers

Practice make perfect! Look at previous exam papers and make note of what type of questions come up in what years. Look up sample answers and revision notes.

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  1. Avoid distractions

exam stress, exam tips, study, tips, eskimo omegas, eskimo 3.6.9, balanced diet, food ,nutrition, alison canavan, becomplete, exam time, study tipsDevote your full attention to the task at hand. Yes, we know this sometimes can be a struggle – considering that the urge to procrastinate is at an all-time high. Ensure that you smartphone is turned off, on silent or left outside your study space. You can check your snapchats, Instagram and Facebook later at breaks!

 

  1. Get those much needed Zzzz’s

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Think of is as if your smartphone updating – the same way it needs the updates to keep functioning at top speed – so too you need your sleep to retain information.

Try to avoid all-nighters to avoid burn out. Go to bed and get up early to study that morning if needs be.

 

  1. Flashcards

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These cards are great for writing out short notes, keywords, and questions. Write out a question or a term on one side of the flashcard and the answer on the other side.

They are a great way to test yourself. Do a speed round – see how many you can get right in 10 minutes. Keep your flashcards subject divided and place all the ones your get right in one pile and the ones you get incorrect in another and then go over again.

ACRONYMS

Acronyms are words formed from the first letter of the first work of each point/ fact you want to remember.

Keep notes clear, simple and organised. Use colour.

 

Omega-3 – A Vital Part of Exam Preparation

 Omega-3, is a vital part of exam preparation. Our bodies can’t produce omega-3, so we need to get it through our diet.  Omega-3, the main beneficial fatty acid in fish oil, has been shown to

 

  • Reduce anxiety during exams by 20%
  • Improve memory and cognitive ability
  • Improved concentration – one study showed increased concentration within 2 hours of taking omega-3 proving that its never too late to start taking your omega-3s.
  • Helps improve learning and balance moods
  • Aids sleep which results in greater performance during the day.
  • Strengthens the immune system so that you don’t get run down.

 

Increasing your level of omega-3, either through diet or supplementation can lead to improved concentration, a sharper memory, less anxiety, overall making it easier to study.

It’s no surprise that omega-3 is so beneficial to brain health. The importance of these fatty acids becomes most obvious when they’re lacking. People who don’t get enough omega-3s in their diet can become demotivated, disinterested, forgetful and may experience low mood, while serious deficiency can lead to an increased risk of developing conditions such as ADD, dyslexia and depression.

DHA – A True Brain Food

 Just as calcium is essential for building strong bones, DHA is essential for good brain health. Studies show that you need 250mg DHA daily to support brain health. DHA helps to improve learning, mood, memory and concentration. To obtain omega-3, you can either eat 2 portions of oily fish per week (salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, fresh tuna) or supplement with a high quality fish oil such as Eskimo Brain 3.6.9.

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Whether you’re doing exams or just looking to increase brain power, Eskimo Brain 369 is the food supplement for you. With high levels of omega-3 DHA along with seed oils, vitamin D, E and CoQ10, your brain power will surge in no time.

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“I have used Eskimo-3 fish oils over the past few years and have found them unbelievably beneficial. Within 1-2 days I felt sharper and more focused. After a few weeks, my skin was smooth and clear, which I also attribute to the product. It is a natural, affordable and an amazing product, which I have recommended to friends.” Claire Breen, Galway

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I was thrilled when Eskimo-3 kids won the Gold Award for the best Omega-3 product on the market for children at The National Parenting Products awards last month.

Omega-3 fatty acids are the most critical building blocks of the brain; they are considered essential and must be obtained through diet or supplementation. Without these important fats, it can become difficult for children to concentrate, learn new information, and balance their moods properly. Since most children do not eat oily fish on a regular basis, omega-3s are in short supply during the most critical stages of brain development. Eskimo-3 Kids has been specifically formulated for their needs, providing ideal support for their health and helping to achieve full potential at school.

After researching Omegas because of my own journey with depression and anxiety, one of my all time favourite books is “They are what you feed them” by Alex Richardson. They Are What You Feed Them (3) (1)This book discusses how dietary changes can improve behavior, learning and mood. She talks about making the best choices for your children with particular attention paid to Omegas. You can buy her book here FAB RESEARCH and for further research on this topic check out FUTURE OF FOOD

Both James and I take Eskimo Omegas daily because of their quality and effectiveness. I have been giving it to James since he was a baby but if you are struggling to get your kids to take it here’s and article I wrote about sneaking it into their food: 11 simple ways to disguise omegas in your kids food

I was delighted when this testimonial for Eskimo came through and this is not the first time I have heard this:

“Sabrina Leeper – My 12yr old son has Asperger’s, ADHD, add and dyspraxia. I started him on Eskimo-3 at the end of June and by the second week I really noticed a difference in his behaviour and concentration. This is the first year since he started school that he went back without a fuss and is settling really well. Handwriting has improved greatly and he will go to the homework club this year too. He’s also more relaxed with other children so for the first time ever he has friends over after school. Highly recommend these for children. Thank you :)”

HERE’S 5 REASONS TO CHOOSE ESKIMO-3 KIDS:

  1. Nutritional support for child’s development – Children need Omega 3 for every stage of their development. It boosts their brains, strengthens their immune systems and lifts their mood. It is also claimed to improve behaviour, reduce anxiety and helps to improve language. Eskimo-3 Kids features the same pure omega-3 fish oil as Eskimo-3, together with seed oils rich in omega-6 and Omega-9, often lacking in children under 12 years. Eskimo-3 Kids also contains 100% RDA Vitamin D, which is essential for normal growth and healthy bone development in children and also helps support immunity
  2. Trusted by Parents and Professionals – After rigorous testing and research, parents chose Eskimo-3 Kids as their preferred omega-3 supplement for children.
  3. Scientifically Proven – Children who took Eskimo-3 Kids daily for 4 months reported 58% improvement memory, 70% improvement in math’s and 60-70% reduction in common ailments such as eczema, dry skin, upper airway infections and recurrent colds.
  4. Unrivalled freshness – Eskimo-3 products are unrivalled for purity, freshness and stability in many 3rd party independent purity and stability studies.
  5. Delicious – Eskimo-3 Kids is available in two flavours – Tutti Frutti and Orange flavour. Most children enjoy taking the oil off the spoon – James loves the orange flavour and often asks for more. Don’t worry if your child is sensitive to tastes, you can easily hide the orange flavour in many foods – again check out this blog post linked above.

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Eskimo-3 Kids is available in two delicious flavours – Tutti-Frutti or Orange. More information – www.eskimo3.ie or drop into your local health store. Eskimo-3 Kids to suitable 1-12 years, while Eskimo-3 or Eskimo Brain 3.6.9 is suitable from 12+

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Children need Omega-3 for every stage of their development. It boosts their brains, strengthens their immune systems and lifts their mood. It is also claimed to improve behaviour, reduce anxiety and helps to improve language. Sounds too good to be true – yet scientific research continues to show impressive results.

BUT HOW DO YOU ENSURE YOUR KIDS ARE GETTING ENOUGH??

Well as a parent, we’re told to feed our children oily fish twice a week, but this is easier said than done. It certainly doesn’t happen in this house anyway and very often you will find that kids like to eat plain foods with most baulking at the sight and smell of fish. So how do we sneak these essential Omega 3 fatty oils into their bodies? A supplement is the simple answer.

Both James and myself take Eskimo-3. James takes his Eskimo Kids right off the spoon but I have been giving it to him since he was one so he really doesn’t know any different. Many of my friends however struggle to get their kids to take it off the spoon so here are some clever ways of hiding it in food:

Eskimo-3 Kids is available in two flavours – Zingy Orange and Tutti Fruity. While Tutti Frutti is a favourite of many due to a bubble gum flavour, orange is ideal if you need to disguise it into food or drink. Due to a very mild orange flavour, Eskimo-3 Kids orange can be disguised in many ways:

HERE’S MY 11 WAYS TO OMEGA HEAVEN

1. Blend it – Make smoothies, why don’t you put Eskimo-3 Kids into the Smoothie too!

2. Mix it into a yoghurt

3. Mix into fruit juices e.g. apple, orange, pear

4. Put it into porridge with fruit

5. Drizzle fish oil on steamed, sautéed, or roasted veggies

6. Mix it into a sorbet, or even ice cream

7. Drizzle it on bread, before spreading peanut butter

8. Drizzle it on bread, before spreading mashed banana

9. Drizzle into mash potato or vegetables.

10. Mix it with apple sauce

11. Add Eskimo-3 Kids into Protein Balls mixture

Eskimo-3 kids is one of the purest fish oils available today and has been on the Market for more than 20 years. Extracted from the flesh of the fish and not the liver, it goes beyond the strictest laws to ensure you get a fresh and stable oil, free from contaminants and heavy metals like mercury; therefore “as clean as nature intended.”

As a mum and nutritional coach I know that James needs more than just a multivitamin to support his health. A child’s brain and nervous system have different fatty acid requirements whilst growing and the great thing about Eskimo-3 Kids is that it has been specifically formulated to combine natural fish oil with natural plant oils, providing a balance of omega-3, -6 and -9 that reflects these needs. Omega fatty acids are ideal support for our kids health, brain function and all-round ability, helping them to achieve their full potential at school too!

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Available in Health Food Stores and selected Pharmacies nationwide.