The exam season is incoming and with it, come levels of stress and burnout which may hinder your studies or result in a confidence drop. People experience exam stress when they are anxious about their results, don’t feel prepared, don’t have much time to study, feel pressured from family to get good marks, feel the need to compete with others or have other things going on in their life. To avoid the anxiety and panic, we are here to your rescue with some tips to cope up with exam stress and to get done with them while taking care of your mental and physical health.
To achieve your desired goal, it is important to start your journey right. Firstly, you have to find a quiet place to study without distractions. Set-up your study space, make sure it’s not too cluttered and has everything that you might need. Learn to make ‘mind maps’ and use them to collect ideas and thoughts, use bright colours to help you remember important points. Make a plan of what you want to work on in each study session and keep it short, one task at a time.
And most importantly, take frequent short breaks – use this time to have a snack or a drink, get something to eat or play with your pet. Just remember that the break doesn’t exceed a time limit of thirty minutes.
Set realistic goals
Remember that having too much on your plate also leads to massive anxiety and stress. Take things one day at a time. And in case you fail to achieve your desired goal, it will only result in you feeling worse about yourself and more stress. To avoid all this, accept your situation and work within the realms of what you have. This will maximize your productivity without the risk of burning yourself out.
Self Care! Self Care! Self Care!
At stressful times like exams, it’s important to take care of oneself, for the sake of your sanity. For this, you can try taking a hot bath with some incense aroma and meditation music or watch a feel-good or a funny movie for a momentary escape from reality. Allow yourself time to rest, you owe this to yourself after all the studying you have been doing. You can also try out some relaxation activities like deep breathing, mindful meditation or listening to music that makes you happy.
Don’t forget to nourish your body
This is the most important tip as people tend to ignore their bodies during stressful times. Avoiding giving your body the much-needed nourishment only leads to more harm. Don’t pull all-nighters, have a poor diet and don’t avoid exercising during this time as it can increase symptoms of anxiety. For your body’s best performance make sure to get a good night’s sleep. This gives your brain time to recharge and remember what you’ve learnt, eat a well-balanced diet – lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, cereals, grains, nuts and protein are all good for the brain and energy levels, avoid caffeine and drink more water and at least half an hour of exercise per day.
Don’t hesitate in asking for help
This involves all kinds of help and guidance that you may need. Be it from your teachers regarding any doubts that you may have while studying, any advice from your parents or even your friends for merely hanging out with you or listen to you venting.
Most importantly, Believe in yourself
You become what you believe, hence you should have tremendous faith in yourself as your thoughts can either be your biggest weapon or your biggest enemy. When being constantly faced with new challenges, we often forget to look back at how far we have come and how much we have already achieved. If you know that you have prepared well, there should be no reason for you to worry. Therefore, when experiencing a negative thought, try to replace it with a positive one. You can also try “I am…” affirmations every time you start doubting yourself.
Lastly, don’t measure your worth by how well you did in an exam. After all, it is just an exam and numbers do not matter at the end of the day. Remember to take care of the most important thing that is, yourself. If you’re feeling stressed about exams, just know that you’re not alone. Try not to lose your sanity and remember that you can do anything if you believe in your capabilities. You’re going to ace it!