Go Bananas for your driving test

By Kerry

Calming Your Nerves with a Banana: How Eating a Banana Before Your Driving Test Can Help Reduce Anxiety

While there is no magic bullet to eliminate test anxiety completely, there are a few things you can do to help manage your nerves and increase your chances of success. One simple but effective strategy has been utilised by our fantastic Driving Instructor, Kerry, is to eat a banana before your driving test.

Bananas contain several nutrients that can help reduce anxiety and improve cognitive function. These include:

  • Potassium: Potassium is a mineral that helps to regulate blood pressure and heart rate, which can help to calm your nerves.
  • Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 is a B vitamin that is involved in the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood and reduce anxiety.
  • Tryptophan: Tryptophan is an amino acid that is the precursor to serotonin.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps to reduce stress hormones.

In addition to their nutritional benefits, bananas are also a good source of energy, which can help you stay alert and focused during your test.

Eating a banana about an hour before your test is a great way to get a boost of these nutrients and help you feel your best. It is important to choose a ripe banana, as unripe bananas can be difficult to digest and may cause stomach upset.

Additional Tips for Reducing Driving Test Anxiety

In addition to eating a banana, there are a few other things you can do to help reduce your driving test anxiety:

  • Get a good night's sleep before your test.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast on the day of your test.
  • Practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation.
  • Visualize yourself successfully completing your test.
  • Talk to a friend or family member about your nerves.
  • Remember that everyone gets nervous before driving tests.
  • Focus on the task at hand and don't worry about making mistakes.

With a little preparation and the help of a banana, you can beat your driving test anxiety and achieve your driving goals.

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