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For most of us prepping for the GMAT, at some point in time we encounter varing levels of stress. Stress can be manifested in numerous ways, from irritability to an outright catharsis and physical breakdown. However, a key component to getting that extra 5-10% on T-day is to minimize stress by staying healthy and alert. Here are a few personal reccommendations on how to stay healthy during your preparation. Please feel free to add your suggestions as well.
2. Eat properly. Our bodies are much more sophisticated than the best Ferarri on the market. Would you put cheap, low grade 87 octaine into a Ferarri engine? Definately not. Likewise, fuel your body with the best foods you can: fish loaded with Omega B for increased memory, garlic for immune system boost and pure energy, http://www.wholehealthmd.com/refshelf/f ... 21,00.html kale for antioxidant cleansers, yoghurt for minerals, and my personal favorite, KIMCHEE. Fresh korean KIMCHEE is the miracle cure all for whatever ails you (except your social life). KIMCHEE without MSG is hard to find, but when you get it in your system, it immediately attacks any viruses or bacteria. KIMCHEE is like 110 high performance octaine, the highest grade available. Have you ever met a Korean that lacked vitality? http://www.treelight.com/health/nutriti ... althy.html
3. Take multivitamins. These potent antioxidants work wonders for the various organs. Make sure to get the ones with ginkyo bilboa, coenzyme Q10, and celenium.
4. Get B-12 Injection(s). If you really feel worn out and/or depressed, these liquid miracle shots can put you back into the game in no time. I get one or two a year from a local ENT here in Osaka, and they really help. http://www.rd.com/content/openContent.do?contentId=1568
5. Start an exercise routine. Walk, jog, cycle, swim, lift weights, whatever suits your fancy. The key is to get your blood circulating so all these vitamins can work their way to the brain and the cells in order to be utilized most efficiently. Exercising a few times a week also aids in better sleep and builds self esteem. Try starting the morning off with a 20 minute jog and watch how much better you feel!
6. Drink green tea. The Japanese and Chinese have got it right. For over 4,000 years the Chinese have been drinking green tea as both a medicinal healer and health enhancer. Green tea contains ECGC, one of the most powerful antioxidants known (recently published in the Harvard Medical Association Journal) which wards off certain cancers and keeps blood pressure low. Green tea in available all over the place, but the convenience store version doesn`t hold a candle to what you can get at an asian food and kanpoyaku store.
7. Take a hot bath. A bath relaxes the muscles and relieves the sinuses preparing you for a deeper, more relaxing sleep.
8. Get some sunlight. No, you don`t need to go sunbathing all day, however it is beneficial to get away from your PC every now and then for a walk in the park or hike up a local mountain. Sunlight triggers the increased production of the feel-good brain chemical, serotonin - which, as well as controlling your sleep patterns, body temperature, and drive, lifts your mood and helps ward off depression. http://www.whatreallyworks.co.uk/start/ ... cle_ID=451
Preparing for a 7XX GMAT is a bit like training to go into space; one must strive for optimum mental and physical condition levels to best complete the mission.
These are just my personal reccommendations. Everybody is different so through trial and error, see what works best for you. One thing is certain however, a healthy body maintains a healthy mind, and a healthy mind results in better performance when you need it most.
Please feel free to add any of your suggestions. Thanx
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Thank you, Matt!! With such an expertise in taking care of health, you should study medicine rather than biz . I don't know how about others but I myself would avoid drinking green tea Drinking a bottle of green tea can kill my whole night sleeping, enervating my mental as well as physical condition. . Anyway, you can try drinking it several times to see how much your body gets adapted to it. Btw, I studied a course of Chinese traditional medicine which teach us what to eat and drink as to keep body in good condition. If anyone feel interested, I can post some recipes
I think that when test day nears, sleep and managing anxiety are the two most important factors. Of course, these factors can conspire to work against you. My greatest fear is that the night before the test I won't be able to sleep, which will lead to a panic attack; or maybe I'll have a panic attack and wont' be able to sleep.
Of course, lack of sleep on test day means that you won't be able to focus, and complex problems might be extremely difficult to tackle if your mind is not fresh. Anxiety during the test can be very distracting. Either scenario could cost major points on test day.
All the tips in this thread are great (depending on each person according to his/her own needs). If I can just get a good nights sleep prior to the exam, I think I can walk in with confidence.
Thanks for the tips. I believe diet is a significant part of GMAT preparation.
I have started taking focus factor capsules to improve my ability to focus.
It seems to work as I don't waste much time idling away in useless thoughts.
I also felt that getting up early morning at 5:30 am and doing around 2 hours of preperation before going to office is very useful. I am usually not as efficient in the evenings after work.
Also, reading helps calm the nerves. Reading the right subject matter helps you prepare for interviews and takes your mind of the intense preperation of GMAT.
I think diet is very important.
We should try to control how much we eat when we hungry. If I am very hungry I cannot control myself and eat too much, then become very lazy. Difficult to concentrate in GMAT when you are too full.
Eating healthy food and no alcohol is very helpfull.
DONT TAKE HEAVY MEAL WITHIN 1-1.5 HOURS PRIOR TO THE TEST. I mean if your test is at 11:00 AM then don't eat anything heavy, except juice etc., after 9:30 AM. There is a scientific reason behind this. After eating heavy meals all your digestive organs start working hard (contracting muscles, secreting enzymes). So blood supply to these organs is increased and blood supply to brain is decresed. Thats why you feel dizzy after heavy meals. _________________
DONT TAKE HEAVY MEAL WITHIN 1-1.5 HOURS PRIOR TO THE TEST. I mean if your test is at 11:00 AM then don't eat anything heavy, except juice etc., after 9:30 AM. There is a scientific reason behind this. After eating heavy meals all your digestive organs start working hard (contracting muscles, secreting enzymes). So blood supply to these organs is increased and blood supply to brain is decresed. Thats why you feel dizzy after heavy meals.
in general, i feel a lot more effective in everyday life when i eat breakfast. don't forget the most important meal of the day! and avoid sugar early in the morning before the test bc the boost you get from sugar will wear off early.
Do you think its a good idea to take benedryl or nyquil a night before the test and get some good rest? I have a feeling I wont be able to sleep because of the stress and anxiety and I CANNOT perform well without good sleep. Ofcourse I will try it couple of times beforehand when I give my practice test. But I am wondering if anyone else over here have tried it?