1. Don’t cram. Cramming the night before may work for your history exam, however, the SAT’s focus on built knowledge throughout your life. Cramming the night before will leave you fatigued, uneasy, and scattered. Instead, go into the exam with a fresh mind in the morning.
2. Do something you love the night before. For example, watch a movie, play board games, or do something that makes you feel relaxed and good. This will help you sleep better and put your mind in a more positive state.
3. Eat a brain boosting breakfast. Make a smoothie with the best brain boosting foods to help you concentrate throughout the day. The best foods are: avocados, nuts, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and oats. See the “Brain Boosting Smoothie” recipe below.
4. Bring water. Stay hydrated throughout the day by bringing a water bottle with you. Staying hydrated will also boost your concentration and focus.
5. Give yourself an attitude boost. Find an inspirational quote or affirmation that you can use as your mantra for the day. Repeat as necessary to give yourself the mental attitude boost you need.
Brain Boosting Smoothie
1 cup berries
½ cup oats
½ cup almonds, walnuts, or cashews
1 cup water
Handful of ice
1. Blend all ingredients and enjoy!
Lindsey Smith, known as the “food mood girl” works with people who have a habit of looking to food for all the wrong nutrients: comfort, reward, fun and acceptance. Through speaking and coaching she motivates, equips and inspires people to sort out their relationships with food so they can live a healthy, balanced life. She is also the author of “Junk Foods & Junk Moods: Stop Craving and Start Living!” Connect with Smith via her Web site, www.FoodMoodGirl.com, on Facebook and Twitter @LindseySmithHHC.