We've seen the stages you might go through during exam time, well, now it's time to tackle the negatives!
Here are 10 ways to help you combat any stress, teariness, anger...(you get the gist) by helping you feel calmer and ready to ace those tests.
- Do regular exercise. Proven to release those vital endorphins to help you feel energised, almost any form of exercise can act as a stress reliever. A brisk walk? A swim? Or, run off that stress...
- Eat brain food. Did you know that eating healthily can do wonders for your memory and your performance in exams?!
- Take breaks. Studying in one long session isn't productive. Aim to work for between 60-90 minutes, then break for 30. It'll help your brain retain more information, and give it that much-needed rest.
- Reward yourself. Whether it's with chocolate, the next ep of Sherlock, or, a power nap, incentivise your studies to give you something to work towards and make revising seem less of a chore.
- Go with your gut. If you work better alone, then do this. Don't be persuaded to work with friends as it might detriment your studies. Vice versa - if you're better with friends, round 'em up!
- Unplug to recharge. Before you hit the sack, have a tech-free hour to allow time to unload your work thoughts and clear your mind before your head hits the pillow, ready for a sound night's sleep...
- Laugh. Exam time doesn't have to be all doom and gloom. In your breaks, have a laugh with friends or spend some time
chuckling away at funny YouTube clips - a great way to relieve stress.
- Organise yourself. Being disorganised creates negative energy, which can make you feel unsettled. So, tidy up your room, yes, including those clothes on the floor. It's always a bonus being able to find your revision notes...
- A helping hand
You might not work best in groups, but if you have any free time, discussion with course-mates can test what you really know - and what you've gone over everything!
- There really is an app for that!
If you're easily distracted, download this for your Mac, or this for your PC. They'll block you from going onto distracting websites like Facebook for the set duration of your studying!
Don't let the stress of this period get the best of you. Make sure you're getting enough sleep, doing regular exercise and eating healthy foods, to keep refreshed and ready to conquer anything.