Everyone gets stressed during exams. A little bit of stress can be a good thing as it motivates us to knuckle down and work hard. But exams can make stress levels get out of hand, which can prevent us from performing our best. So it’s important to address it and get it back under control.
Stress Symptoms :
- Difficulty getting to sleep or difficulty waking up in the morning
- Constant tiredness
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Poor appetite
- Loss of interest in activities
- Increased anxiety and irritability
- Increased heart rate
- Blurred vision
How to cope with Exam Stress?
- Keeping well : First and the foremost thing to cope with exam stress is to keep well. The three vital things your body needs to keep well is food, water and sleep.
- Water : Keeping hydrated is important for brain functions, distributing nutrients around our body and removing what we no longer need.
- Food : Nourish your body with lots of healthy food. Stock up on healthy snacks fuel your body and mind with lots of greens, fruit, nuts and seeds for healthy energy boosting snacks and make sure you have a balanced diet of three meals a day.
- Sleep : Sleep is so important, it’s your body’s healing time, when the cells repair and your brain archives and detoxes the millions of thoughts that have raced through your mind during the day.
- Keeping yourself focused : When you wake each morning don’t rush to the nearest set of notes or textbook. Sit quietly in bed or look out of the window, place your hand on your heart and take deep breaths. Once you have found a rhythm that works for you – say one thing you are grateful for and set an intention for your day.
- Setting yourself study goals : Always set yourself a study goal for the day which can be broken down into smaller tasks to become more manageable. This will help you stay relaxed and focused on what you need to complete.
- Stick to what makes you happy : A routine is so important – if you love to run regularly, or like to have a kick around at the park, keep it up. It releases happy hormones and keeps you feeling grounded. Exercise itself won’t make you completely stress-free but getting sweaty does help you to detox the emotional intensity that you have been feeling, giving your brain a re-boot and improving mental clarity.
If you are a creative sort and enjoy painting, sewing, drawing keep going. These kinds of activities will help you to zone out, giving the body and mind a much needed rest.
- Let it go : Accept the things that you can’t change. Your exams are coming, they will happen and then they will be over. Instead of leaking energy on worrying about them create solutions and focus on what you can control.
- Steer clear of any exam ‘post-mortem’ : It doesn’t matter what your friend wrote for Question 3, it’s too late to go back and change your answers, so it will just make you worry even more.
- Learn to recognize when you’re stressing out. A break or a chat with someone who knows the pressure you’re under will get things into perspective.
- Ultimately, don’t lose sight of the fact that there is life after exams. Things might seem intense right now, but it won’t last forever.
This article mentions few more tips to deal with the exam stress.