• Tracy Southwick

Tips From Tracy. . . for Top Brain Performance in School

Updated: May 19, 2020

We all have our focused-and-alert days and our not-so-focused-and-alert days, oftentimes thinking that we have no control of which day it will be when we awaken.  Fortunately, we have more control than we realize over how our brains function in the short run and in the long run.  Please don’t think that these tips only apply to our kids, they apply to all of us, so read on and choose more of those alert-and-focused days in your life.



A hydrated brain is a sharper brain…Studies have proven that mental acuity and decision making is noticeably diminished with minimal dehydration.  The results of dehydration on brain function shows up long before the thirst mechanism kicks in.  Have your kids drink water (not dehydrating sugary or caffeinated drinks) throughout the day.


An oxygen rich brain is a clearer brain…Take a deep breath.  Did you just realize how long it has been since you have done so.  Doesn’t it feel good?  Remember to take deep belly breaths throughout the day to keep your brain sharp and your energy level up.


A rested brain is a better brain…Make sure your kids are getting the recommended sleep allowance nightly.  Trust me, this is one of the biggest challenges in my own home.  Setting a routine that starts earlier than you expect is essential.  Also, NO screens for at least a couple of hours before bed.  The light interferes with the production of melatonin and makes it more difficult for us to get sound sleep.