Maintaining Mindfulness amidst College Stress

Forgetting keys at home, putting on two different pairs of shoes or the daily college student struggle of losing an ID are normal occurrences, as are other lapses; however, some simple tips can help keep the mind on track.

Eat a healthy diet

Studies show that a low glycemic diet with high fiber and moderate amounts of fat and protein are broken down more slowly than a high glycemic diet, which results in a more reliable flow of energy to the brain. Fish is a go-to brain boosting food because it contains fatty acids, such as omega-3, which is beneficial for brain function. Essentially, if you stay away from the sweets, you are optimizing your brain’s performance. 

Get a lot of beauty sleep

Research shows that lack of sleep can result in proteins building up on synapses, which makes it harder to think and learn new things. 

Stay active

Being active is one of the single most important things one can do for their brain’s health. Go to the gym, play sports or go hiking. Any of these activities will be sure to have long-term benefits for your body. 

Take a coffee break or two

Experts at LiveScience say that caffeine and antioxidants found in coffee and tea can help protect the brain and decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 30 to 60 percent.

Challenge yourself

Games like Sudoku, crossword puzzles or even the new iPhone app, Trivia Crack, is sure to keep your mind sharp and knowledgeable. Trivia Crack is like Apple’s version of Jeopardy. You can play against a friend, spin the wheel and land on topics such as entertainment, science, history, art and sports. You are then presented with a question and a list of four possible answers, and if you answer correctly you move up to a higher level. Fun, yet educational.  

"I nap a lot, I play Sudoku and I catch up on my TV shows such as Vampire Diaries,” senior Tara Tyrrell said.

Most importantly, relax and keep positive

Being stressed can take a serious toll on one’s mind. Living a balanced lifestyle and pursuing relaxing activities, such as yoga, can be extremely beneficial for your body. According to a study conducted in 2007, experts say people who frequently experience positive emotions are 60 percent less likely to develop cognitive impairment. Also, thinking positive can help people process information better and is linked to better brain health in the long run.