Sometimes school gets a bit too hectic and you find yourself worried about how you’ll get through the workload. Feeling stressed and anxious during exam time is normal as long as you’re able to cope with it. So, we’ve put together 5 helpful tips and tricks to help you live your best life, despite the stress.
Keep it moving
We know that studying takes up a lot of time, but it’s always a good idea to get some exercise and keep active. Exercise releases the body’s endorphins, which means you’re more likely to feel good rather than to focus on the stressful situation. It’s also a good way to clear your head and refocus after a long day. So whether you take 30 minutes to go for a walk or decide to go jogging daily, this will definitely help you keep the panic in check.
Yoga and meditation work really well to reduce heart rate and blood pressure while helping you to clear your brain and relax. Certain positions are more targeted to anxiety than others, so we’d suggest going through a couple YouTube channels like this one to help you get started. You can also find a few helpful poses here.
Getting a decent amount of sleep every day can really help you stay relaxed and feel more in control of your emotions and life in general. Typically, you should be getting between 6 and 8 hours of sleep around the same time daily. This works well when you factor exercise into your routine since you’ll likely be more tired and go to bed on time. Getting into a regular sleep cycle will help you feel more energised and better able to tackle the day’s tasks.
Know your triggers
Is there one specific thing that makes you feel a little panicky? For example, you may find that you become a little more agitated when your study space is untidy or if your notes aren’t in order. Then, you might want to set aside some time to clean up and organise all your notes. Your study environment does affect your ability to concentrate, so try to minimise noise and chaos as much as you can and you should have no issues. Also, make sure you’re either on your own, or with a few calm people before your exam. You don’t want to be around people who do last minute cramming or frantically discuss the learning material just before your exam.
If the workload gets too heavy or you’re finding the learning material a bit confusing, then you should definitely ask for help. Teachers, parents, tutors and even peers can assist with any help you need with particular sections of your work. So, next time you’re stuck, remember you can always ask someone for a hand.
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