Migraine Foods

Certain foods should be avoided to prevent getting migraines during exam period. 

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There are other factors students should be aware of which contribute to trigerring a migraine such as stress, sensory, smells, noises, lights, environments and changes in weather.

Emma Piercy,  journalism student, 21, said, ” I tend to get headaches when I don’t get enough sleep or when I’m stressed. I don’t know if any foods are associated with my headaches as far as I’m aware. Although sometimes I find spicy food actually sometimes helps relieve headaches. I usually just take pain killers to take the edge of the headaches and drink lots of water.”

Often though foods such as alcohol, salty and sugary snacks, chocolate, caffeinated drinks and ice cream and things with preservatives as well as poor posture. All these things vary for each person differently though but are the things to be wary of when trying to stay healthy. Normally by keeping a diary, you can look for any patters which may set off your headaches.

Then remedies to headache pains include relaxation methods such as therapeutic oils, laying down,  green tea and over the counter medication.

The worst thing you could do is skip a meal though, it completely throws your body off balance.

Paying attention to information

Since it’s May, students have been cramming and memorizing information but then forgetting things after their assessments are finished.

When you no longer have to remember anything, does it really matter anymore?

We are in a time where technically, you don’t need to process everything since it can be easily accessed on your phone or a computer. Therefore, does it need to be in our heads?

Well, people going into professions such as medicine, law and language need to be able to process everything. It’s required for their practical and theoretical work.  For chemistry in particular, you have to have knowledge to work things out and use reasoning as opposed to biology where remembering information and giving answers is simpler to do . Then with media studies, it’s your interpretation of understanding. The comprehension varies across different disciplines at university.

Joe Hurst, 20, journalism student, said, “I like to copy things over and over to drill the information into my head. Also, I enjoy studying with other people as a way to test each other.”

For people, it’s easier when you’re young and absorb a variety of information instantly. Unfortunately, as we grow older it becomes more difficult to remember things. And because of that, we tend to review and repeat information to make it stick to help our mental health.

Yet, we are able to sit in front of a computer for hours, focus and remember visual elements shown. The behavioral connections with screens and attention seems to be effective. More often than not, students are able to sit, watch tv or play computer/video games. Then for some reason, they can’t focus on processing bits of information.

It can be understood that visual aids thrive but when it comes to university notes, there is a lack of fascination. This could be related to themes including escape and reality.

Legalizing glamour drugs

Many students have experimented with designer drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and mephedrone at university.

There are always going to be exciting illegal substances out there with a thrill, adrenaline rush and an escape from reality.

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It can be hard to make decisions at this time in life since you are free from your parents, learning to be independent and looking after yourself. Students experience pleasure and depression. Drugs have two sides to them as  they bring people together as well as tear them apart. Obviously, there will never be a positive outcome for drugs in the news.

People are always going to question reality and authority. If drugs become legal, would people still desire them? The difficult part is that the more you put restrictions on something, the more people are going to crave it. Therefore, there has an increase youth drug use around the world. Students have been going through their parents cabinets and meeting on street corners late at night to gain access to this other reality.

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There would be quality control if legalizing drugs meant addressing the real issues such as social and economic factors. Then this would eliminate the criminal market place. However the drug market brings in too much money for governments to get rid of the production, supply and demand setup. When drugs become legal, it would massively decrease crime. Numerous experts believe drugs should be legalized. Yet if this were to happen,  it would disrupt the social cycle from the user to the  doctor to the insurance company.

In a way though, who is to say what we use? In the end, it is up to individual, what they choose to do their own bodies.

Photo by Niya Sinckler.