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How to survive exam stress

By FreshSocial 11 May 2017

We've all been there - stuck in exam period thinking there is no way out BUT there is! Don't panic and overwork yourself.


Nobody said that exams were going to be easy but there's light at the end of the tunnel, it's nearly summer! In the meantime, there are little things you can do to help yourself in the next few weeks...

  1. Exercise regularly
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    It'll make you much happier, give you a distraction from the books and impact how you do in your exams if you exercise regularly. It doesn't have to be a chore if you play a sport you enjoy! Whatever you do, find the motivation and get yourself out there! 
  2. Make sure you rest
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    Whatever you may think, all-nighters don't work. You need to have a good nights sleep after a long day of revision. Remember how much you'd hate going to sleep when you were younger? Well, now is the time for power naps, just don't overdo it!
  3. Eat well
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    Your Mum used to tell you all about eating your veggies, didn't she?
    She was right - eating healthily will help you perform a lot better in your exams. You need a balanced diet so think fruit, veg, protein etc. Just don't pig out on takeaways because you're feeling too busy to cook!
  4. Stay hydrated
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    This goes hand in hand with eating well. Always keep a bottle of water handy during the day to keep your brain hydrated and concentrated when you're revising. Just be careful not to spill it around your revision cards...
  5. Laugh!
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    Simple yet effective. Whether you're laughing at random videos on Facebook or reminiscing on better, stress-free days with your best mate - laughter is the best medicine. Who said exam time has to be all doom and gloom?
  6. Get out and do something
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    It doesn't have to be all work and no play. Maybe eat out with your mates, but only after you've completed a goal you set for yourself or if you need a study break. There's nothing wrong with treating yourself, just remember your responsibilities! 
  7. Be organised
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    Without a clear mind, you won't have a clue where to start. Create a revision timetable so you know when you're doing what. And try to keep it tidy wherever you're working. So if that's the library or your bedroom, declutter ASAP!
  8. Switch off
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    Whether you take this literally and turn your phone off or just avoid social media during "working hours" - you need to clear your head so that you can concentrate on revision. Chill out after a day of work and listen to some music and have some quality "me time".

If you're in over your head and have too much on your plate then one of the best things to do is talk to someone about how you're feeling.

Hang in there it's nearly over, good luck with your exams!

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