Exams are almost here and you’re probably feeling the stress starting to build. To help you get through your exams here are 5 quick and easy tips to help you stress and set you up for exam success.
Take time for yourself and try positive self-talk to boost your confidence. If you can believe you can you will! Remind yourself that exams will be over eventually and that you can do it! Also try meditating or doing other mind-body practices like yoga to give your brain a break and reduce your stress.
2. Eat Well
Getting the proper nutrition is important for fueling your body and your brain. Make sure to eat a well balanced diet, a good breakfast, and healthy snacks throughout the day to keep your energy levels up and your mind alert.
3. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration can make you feel irritated, tired and even more stressed. Always have a bottle of water close by when studying and during exams. Take little sips throughout the day, especially if you are feeling thirsty.
4. Sleep Enough
It can be challenging to get enough sleep when exam stress builds up. Sleep is very important for both learning and memory. Sleep helps with memory consolidation and the strengthening of neural connections. When you are sleep deprived you will have trouble focussing. When you are rested you will be able to focus better and get more done in less time. Try to get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep to feel well rested and ready to rock your exams!
5. Stay Active
Taking study breaks to be active is one of the best ways to boost your energy, motivation and self-confidence. When you get your body moving you are improving blood flow and oxygen delivery to the brain which will help you think clearer and study better. Even taking a quick 10 minute break for a brisk walk or run or doing a mini circuit of a few different exercises one after the other (e.g. squats, jumping jacks, push-ups etc.).