I don’t think I’m the only one who is prone to snacking, especially when stuck in the flat revising (or rather, trying to do so) all day. Going to the kitchen for a wee snack is the perfect way to procrastinate without feeling guilty – you need energy to study, right? And cooking proper meals would just be too time consuming. You need to study, remember?
Well, wrong. You and your brain do need energy, but rather than pretending you’re a cow and grazing all day, it’s much better for you to stick to proper mealtimes. Get yourself away from your desk, give yourself a break of maybe an hour and make yourself a good, nutritious meal that will keep you going for longer. If you constantly feed your body with fats and sugar, your blood sugar levels will get very confused and you’ll find it much more difficult to concentrate. Eating proper meals, however, will ensure that you have a more even amount of energy throughout the day.
Making breakfast, lunch or dinner for yourself is also a perfect chance to take a break from revising, get a change of scenery and perhaps even interact with actual people, instead of with words and numbers on a screen. This will also probably keep you from going insane. If you’re stuck in the library instead of at home, you could even arrange a lunch date with one of your mates.
In short, there are so many advantages to making sure you get your three meals a day. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself. Revising sucks, after all, and we all need a pick-me-up sometimes. Why not have a biscuit, some chocolate or some crisps once in a while? You deserve it. Just don’t forget to eat actual meals too.