Sometimes the pressure of exams may cause you stress. Stress is your reaction to pressure and, while a little amount of pressure can be useful to keep you focused during exam time if it becomes too much, the study can seem impossible.
What does exam stress look like?
Some signs of stress include:
• Feeling confused
• Losing touch with friends
• Having trouble making decisions
• Feeling overwhelmed
• Lack of motivation to do anything
• Trouble sleeping or getting out of bed
• Tense muscles or headaches
• Having an upset stomach or feeling sick
Here are 10 backed up tips that will help you greatly!
1. Take regular breaks
Even the most intense exam timetables will allow tiny time slots for a study break. This can involve 20-minute breaks during your revision day, and lengthier activities that you can look up to. Go out for dinner with friends, attend a performance, anything that you like doing in your free time that will take your mind off exams. Spending a little time away from the books will leave you feeling more relaxed and energized the next time you revise.
2. Reduce your sugar intake
Research shows that when you’re stressed, your adrenal glands excrete cortisol a stress hormone to control it. But cortisol also influences your blood sugar level. So, the more your sugar intake increases, the more stressed you’ll feel.
3. Take a Quick Walk
Many students feel as if they must spend their full time before exams with their books open and their pen poised for action. However, research has shown that physical exercise such as taking a walk can boost your memory and brainpower.
4. Make yourself a revision timetable
We can’t stress enough how getting a bit of time to get yourself in order will make you feel more confident about these exams. Making a revision schedule and writing to-do lists each day will keep you prepared and on track to getting everything done and on time. Working out a daily routine and sticking to it is also good for the soul, as you’ll feel a lot more in control of the day. Remember to add in regular breaks as these will do you marvels.
5. Speak to someone
If the stress gets to a point where it is tremendous and is influencing your day-to-day life, try and speak to someone about it. Your university or school should have a service where you can talk to people about your worries and they should be able to offer more advice on how to manage it.
6. Learn time management techniques
A study on students showed that those who had been taught time management methods indicated lower levels of exam-related anxiety than those who had not. Effective time management involves getting enough rest and a good night’s sleep, which leaves you feeling more rejuvenated so that you’re able to focus when studying. Managing your time well helps you to prevent feeling overwhelmed, so you’ll be less stressed.
7. Try to Get Enough Sleep
For some people, this is something that’s constantly put on the short end of the timetable, especially if you are trying to get the most out of college/school life. The advantages of a proper night’s sleep can never be undervalued. Most importantly, sleep helps your brain to integrate new knowledge into your long-term memory so that you can recall it when it comes to testing day.
8. A change in the place of study helps
You may also find a few different study spots that you feel comfortable and productive. The more bored or confused you are by your environment, the tougher it is to focus on your books.
9. Get some sunlight every day
Another way to improve your serotonin levels is to increase your exposure to sunlight. Anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight per day will help to keep your serotonin levels in the healthy range. But keep in mind to wear a hat and to use sunscreen if you’re going to be out in direct sunlight for longer than 15 minutes.
10. Break Free from Distractions
I bet you don’t even realise the number of times you check Facebook, Instagram or whatever your vice is? When you add it all up together, it adds to a substantial waste of time. It can be hard to disconnect from your life outside of studying but focusing on the end goal and keeping the timeframe in mind will ease the process.
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