It is fascinating that many of things we must do to relieve stress and anxiety are the same things that can boost brain power. Therefore, getting rid of anxiety will not only remove stress and help you focus, but it will help your study time become more productive.
“Hack My Study” points out that there are four chemicals released in the brain that are the body’s natural way of fighting stress and anxiety. These chemicals are dopamine, oxytocin, endorphins and serotonin. Here are three things you can do that naturally trigger these chemicals so that you can ease your anxiety.
Exercise cannot be emphasized enough. The positive impact it can have in all areas of your life is worth the effort it takes. According to a study performed at Princeton, exercise actually “reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function.” Exercise also improves brain function, so exercising before a marathon study session will fight anxiety and help you remember more of what you study.
2) Cat Videos
Most people believe that surfing the internet and watching cat videos is a waste of time. An Indiana University study cited by CNN found that it may actually be helpful. Most people involved in the study were more positive and less anxious after watching cat videos. In addition, laughing and smiling releases those stress fighting brain chemicals. When you need a study break, which should be at least every 90 minutes to let your brain recharge, watch a quick cat video to get you going again.
3) Eat Dark Chocolate
An article from CNN informs that various studies have found that chocolate works to release brain chemicals like endorphins and serotonin. Our bodies may crave chocolate at times to fight stress and anxiety. It takes only a small amount to have a positive effect, so you can give into the craving. Dark chocolate provides antioxidants that are excellent for boosting brain function. When you aren’t fighting anxiety over grades or upcoming exams, you will be able to use your brain more effectively and recall the important information you have worked so hard to learn and memorize. These three tips will help you ward off stress and anxiety and help your study time be productive.