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If you are very stressed this will interfere with your concentration. I trust that you are receiving some assistance from a clinical psychologist to help you cope with the stress. Deep breathing and relaxing exercises are excellent ways of helping you to relax. From a dietary point of view you need to eat a well balanced diet that contains all the food groups to prevent deficiencies. Such a diet would consist of plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables (at least 5-7 portions a day), lean meat, fish (3-4 times a week) and eggs (4 per week), plus 3 cups of fat-free milk or yoghurt or cottage cheese a day, whole, unsifted grains and cereals (3-4 servings), legumes (cooked or canned dry beans, peas or lentils or soya) as often as possible, and poly- or monounsaturated oils or margarine (olive oil, tub marg, etc) (3 tablespoons a day) to provide all the nutrients the body requires for good health. If you eat this type of diet you will not really need to take any vitamin or mineral supplements, but if you feel that you are not getting sufficient vitamins and minerals from your diet (i.e. if you are on an unbalanced diet), then it may help to take a complete vitamin and mineral supplement like Centrum or Supradyn Forte for a month or so. Vitamins and mineral supplements work better when taken in combination.
Also make sure that you get sufficient sleep (8 hours a night) and that you do some form of gentle exercise like going for walks in the fresh air.
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