Stress isn’t the enemy.
Despite what you might think some Stress is actually a good thing, as it can motivate and push you although too much can have a negative effect on your wellbeing.
Dealing with Stress can be difficult especially during exam season so with exams right around the corner we thought we’d put together a list of tips to help you cope with exam Stress.
Breathe – It might sound silly as you’re always breathing but hear me out. It’s worth setting aside a few minutes in the day for some breathing exercises. Doing these will help you calm down, alter your body’s reaction to stress and allow you to focus on the present rather than worrying about what’s to come.
Eat, Sleep, Exercise, Repeat – Locking yourself in your room, using every minute of the day to cram as much revision in as possible, before exam day can actually increase symptoms of Stress and Anxiety. So make sure you’re getting enough sleep, preferably 8-9 hours each night. Eating well, not just healthily but the right kinds of foods, e.g. slow release carbs such as pasta will fuel you for longer and reducing your caffeine intake (which I know might be hard) will help to reduce stress levels. Finally exercising at least 30 minutes each day will boost your mood and relive Anxiety and Stress symptoms. This is because your body will responds to the endorphins produced through exercise.
Set Goals – Setting small, achievable and realistic goals each day will allow you to plan out and keep you’re revision on track. You’ll also be able to see what you’ve achieved that day, highlighting how much you’ve done rather than focusing on how much you still have left to do which will reduce that overwhelming feeling you get when thinking about the time left before your exam.
Get A Study Buddy – Having someone to revise with can reduce you’re anxiety and improve confidence as you’re both in the same situation. In terms of revision it can actually improve motivation, productivity and the amount of information you remember.
Treat Yourself – Although it might seem like you don’t have enough time for revision let alone anytime to treat yourself it’s important to step away from the books. Doing something you enjoy will give you time to reset and release stress so when you jump back in to revision you’ll refreshed and won’t get burnt out or frustrated.