Here are some helpful tips to help you deal with the overwhelming stress which the exams period brings.
Remember to Breath
Practice breathing techniques which can help calm the mind and body by slowing down your heart rate, drop your blood pressure, and relaxing your muscles. Take deep slow breaths and hold them for 5 seconds. Repeat the process for 3 – 5 minutes.
Take the Time to Stretch
Take a break from sitting at your desks for long periods. Get up to go for a walk, do some basic stretches, and relieve those muscle tensions. This improves blood circulation so your brain can stay alert and helps you to get a good night’s sleep.
Manage your time
Create a study timetable and plan your study timings weeks in advance. This will ensure you have enough time to get through all your study material. Even if it seems there is not enough time to cover your materials, you will be able to prioritize the important topics and allocate appropriate time spent on those topics. Make sure to keep time apart to relax as well, since all work and no play can be demotivating.
Cut Out Distractions
Manage your ‘FOMO’ by keeping your phones away during study time. You never know how much time flies by as you are scrolling through what your friends are doing instead of studying. A temporary digital detox will be sure to create a positive study session.
If you need more than a light stretch to get your blood pumping, go for it! Exercising will not only help elevate your mood but your mental awareness as well. At the end of it, it could just tire you out for a good night’s sleep and be fresh for your next study session.
Bedtime is a Priority
Not much explanation behind this one. A well-rested and fresh mind is an effective exam mind.
Food is important in our daily lives. Some foods can help relieve stress and anxiety. Avoid high caffeinated drinks and snacks that are high in sugar. Instead, stick to healthier alternatives that help boost brainpower. Blueberries, pistachio nuts, and dark chocolate, for those with a sweet tooth, are some good examples for study snacks. Green tea has also proven to help reduce stress levels in high stress-inducing situations.
Hope these tips help you to achieve a more effective studying session and exam performance. Turn these practices into a habit to fulfill your learning potential.