Many of the activities that keep you healthy can also improve your mental focus, decrease stress, and improve the quality of your study time. For in

stance, exercise “increases mental energy and improves mental performance” by pumping more oxygen to our brains through increased blood flow (Cuseo, Fecas, & Thompson, 2007). Because our brains burn energy at ten times the rate of other body tissues, and use 20% of the body’s fuel, it’s important to consume enough water and nutrients to optimize brain function (Smilkstein, 2011). This optimization of brain functions will make your time spent studying more focused and effective.

One important perspective to consider is the idea that wellness is a spectrum that ranges from experiencing sickness (poor health) to experiencing optimum wellness (good health). From this perspective, wellness is something we can (and should) always be working on. Often, though, we wait until we’re sick or injured to turn our attention to our habits of health and wellness. By developing a more proactive approach to staying healthy (through daily behaviors, habits, and rituals) we can be better equipped to maintain our health and wellness on a regular basis. This proactive approach to our health and wellness may also help us to minimize or prevent illness, which in turn can help keep us able to attend lectures and be present for class sessions and discussions.

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