Self-care is likely the last thing on your mind during the busy exam season, but we all know that this is actually the most important time to prioritise your mental health since stress and burnout get more and more common the closer you get to your exam sessions. Here are 5 ways to show yourself some love and take care of your mental well-being.
There’s nothing like an intense exam period to make you miss catching the legendary z’s. Sleeping is a tricky thing to get right when you’re under pressure, but those busy times are when you need it the most. Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep to help you remember your study material better, as well as keep your mind and body feeling balanced. For more advice on how to get a good night’s sleep, read this article.
The business and chaos of exam-time can occupy our minds and take us out of our peaceful state. That’s why a little thing called mindfulness exists to bring us back into the present moment. There are many ways to get better at being mindful such as breathing and grounding exercises, meditation and yoga. Remember not to feel frustrated if it takes you a while to get a hang of these - even if you just take a few minutes every day to ground yourself, your body and mind will benefit. Woosah!
Avoiding unnecessary stressors
Exam time is stressful enough as is - you don’t want to add even more for yourself, do you? A stressor is anything big or small that causes tension in your life. Whether it’s spending too much time on social media, that one friend who makes you feel drained all the time or a personal project that isn’t getting anywhere; identify the unnecessary stressors in your life and cut them out or put them on hold for the duration of your exams.
Exams can trigger stress-eating like no other time, so it’s especially important that you go for healthy, nourishing foods instead of unhealthy ones that your cravings are pushing you toward. Not to mention that there are lots of yummy brain foods out there that can actually help you with your studies. We know, it’s hard to swap out that packet of chips for some fresh fruit but if it’ll make you feel good, then it’s worth doing.
Self-care helps you feel balanced, even during busy and stressful times like as your exam periods so remember to prioritise it everyday. If you need any more help with exam time self-care or anything else that’s study or life related, you can contact us privately and for free via AskCellCgirl.