The weeks leading up to exam time can be quite stressful for most people. Exams can often take over your emotions, affect your mood and constantly be playing on your mind. We are here to help. Here are some good techniques to help you reduce stress levels and to continue with your success.
1. Manage your time
With regards to work/study, make a plan or a schedule for the week and stick to it. This will ensure you reduce your stress levels by keeping up to date and on top of your workload.
2. Set yourself some goals
Break down major tasks into less stressful mini goals and objectives to achieve along the way. Treat yourself with rewards once a small task is complete. This method will continue to keep you focused, motivated and on the road to success.
3. Take a break
If you are beginning to get stressed and worked up over something, it is a good idea to remove yourself from the situation for a moment. Take a short walk, get a breath of fresh air and return in a better mind frame to tackle the situation.
4. Perfection isn’t everything
Learn to know it is ok not to be perfect. Being a perfectionist may create stress so be aware of this. Nobody is expected to be perfect as we are only human after all.
5. Work with your classmates
Your classmates are people you can work with. Instead of competing against them, share your thoughts with them and listen to theirs. There are many benefits from talking through a topic or assignment with your classmates and seeing things from their point of view.
Get some form of exercise, no matter how little, as this has been proven to reduce stress levels. It is also a great way to clear your mind and feel good about yourself.
7. Listen to music
Take time out to lie down and listen to some music. Forget about your worries and give your mind some peace.
Listening to your body in a meditation session can be the perfect way to unwind, de stress and forget about the busy world for a few minutes. It is a great way to relax the muscles in your body. Why not look up some YouTube videos on ways you can meditate at home.
Smiling has been proven to reduce stress levels as it generates positive emotions in the body. Practice smiling in the mirror and make sure to start your day off on a positive note. “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do”, (Mother Teresa).
Check out this brilliant read on The Science of Smiling. Smiling will increase your mood, behaviour, attitude and therefore it will make your day that bit better.
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Finally, don’t forget to revisit our post with tips on how to prepare for summer exams.
Posted by Leanne Dunne