Tags – Destress During Exams
Most of us experience stress at some point in our lives.
Sometimes pressure can act as a motivator.
However, if you’re feeling anxious and concerned about your pending exams, read on because we’re revealing our five top tips on how to handle exam stress.
Remember to Breathe
When your alarm clock wakes you up for your morning’s revision or for your exams, spend a couple of minutes breathing.
Breathing exercises work wonders for putting yourself in a calm frame of mind to approach the day ahead.
There are dozens of mindfulness apps you can download or YouTube videos you can watch to help you get started.
Eat, Exercise, Drink and Sleep Well
Living through your exams while eating food full of fat and sugar will make you feel tired and bloated.
You’re also not getting the right kind of energy that your body needs to feel full and fueled for the day.
Instead, stock up on healthy foods before your revision and exam period begins. That way, you won’t be as tempted to fall into bad eating habits.
Build-in time to exercise regularly, either alone or with friends. It doesn’t matter if it’s the gym, the pool or just a walk in your local park, the important thing is that you leave your revision behind to rest your mind and recharge your batteries.
Swop caffeine and beers for plenty of water and aim to get at least eight hours of sleep a night, every night during this period.
Think Like a Runner
Just like marathon runners, you have to pace yourself during exam time.
If you’re experiencing panic, remember not only your breathing exercises but also give yourself time to pause. Drink some water and try to examine the stressor from a different angle.
If, for example, you’re struggling to remember a particular piece of revision, try breaking it down into bite-size pieces.
Perhaps you could attempt to condense your notes? Or write flashcards to help you remember what you’re studying?
Have Some Fun
It’s common for hard-working students to think they have to deny themselves fun when revising for exams.
However, building in some time to see friends, to chat, and have a laugh goes a long way to helping you unwind.
Alternatively, watch a funny film, bake a cake, or listen to a funny podcast – anything that releases some feel-good endorphins so you can relax.
Ask for Help
If you’re struggling during revision and exam time, there’s no need to go through it alone.
Try to talk to trusted friends if you’re going through a hard time and ensure you reach out to your social support network during this time.
It’s a simple technique to ensure that you don’t feel isolated and alone during this stressful period.
Asking for help isn’t something to be embarrassed about.
A NatWest Student Living Index survey in 2019 found that 45% of students feel stressed by their university course.
If you fall into that category, contact your university support services or your GP to ask for professional help and support.
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