We all deal with stress in different ways, but when those exam dates come pouring in we sometimes lose our ability to manage stress in a natural way. Dealing with stress and anxiety during exam preparation is crucial for success, well-being, and overall academic performance. Let’s take a look at a few ways in which you can deal with exam stress naturally:
Take a Breath
As obvious as it may seem, we need to breathe oxygen for our bodies to function optimally and get rid of waste and toxins. When we are stressed we forget to take deep breaths and end up decreasing our physical and mental capabilities. Get into the habit of taking 5-10 deep breaths before opening your textbook. Do the same before you take a break. This will get you into the habit of breathing naturally, which you will be able to tap into before and during your exam.
Calming Classical Music
According to studies, listening to classical music can boost your brain power and even elevate your mood. Create a playlist of classical tunes which you can play while studying. If classic music is not your style, opt for music that you already know and won’t distract your focus.
Eat Dark Chocolate
Hours in front of the books can really take a toll on your posture, muscles, and blood flow. This doesn’t have to cost money to be helpful. There are various ways in which self-massage can be beneficial. Massage is a brilliant way to reduce pain and promote blood circulation.
Play with Your Pets
If you are lucky enough to have pets at home, you will know that they are some of the most loyal study companions. ‘Fluffy’ will keep you company during your studies, so reward him by playing catch, scratching his belly, or just lying down for some cuddles. Include 5-10 minute daily walks with your furry friend to get a breath of fresh hair, bond with a living being, and get your body moving.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Being able to bring yourself to calm and aware state of mind will really help your exam preparation and performance. Mindfulness allows us to be present in the current moment and let go of thoughts and worries that try to interfere. You can search Youtube for a variety of exam stress meditation videos. Alternatively, another easy way to practice meditation is by using smartphone apps such as ‘Breathe’ and ‘Headspace’.
Understand Caffeine Dependency
Many of us are already hooked on caffeine and under the impression that it helps us stay alert and focused. However, caffeine doesn’t have the same effect on everyone. For some students that tend to be more anxious, it can actually have the opposite effect. How do you feel after drinking coffee or green tea? Try to keep track of your mental and physical state in order to determine if it has a positive or negative effect. Swap your coffee, tea, energy drink, or soda for caffeine-free options.
Let the Sunshine In
If you are studying during the daytime, try to get at least 10-15 minutes of sun exposure. Our bodies will soak up the Vitamin D that helps decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. Walking outside during your break-time is ideal, but if that’s not an option just try to sit in a sunny spot while eating lunch.
Play a Game
Taking regular breaks from studying is known to be beneficial. Instead of getting trapped into a Fifa tournament for 4 hours on end, download a more basic smartphone game for quick study breaks. Games such as TwoDots and Toy Blast have limited lives available, which means you will only be engaged for a set amount of time.
Make a list of the above-mentioned tactics to deal with stress during the exam time. This way you can just choose an activity that appeals to you in that moment. Remember, you have all the skills and capabilities to deal with this stressful time, and we are more than willing to give you guidance and assistance to help reach your academic goals.