As you may know, I am about to take some pretty tricky exams and I will be the first to admit I don’t always deal well with the stress. I find it really hard to switch off so my sleep is always affected, I tend to be pretty mean to my family and boyfriend (sorry!) and generally get a bit down in the dumps but I am so much better now than I always used to be. Part of this however is because I really want to do well so I try and work my absolute hardest, which is no bad thing however I have recently found some strategies to manage the process and make it as pain free as possible.
- The main thing to remember is it is only ever temporary, revision periods will come and go and the exams will be over eventually so there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. So whether it’s planning something fun for when it’s over or just taking 10 minutes each day to daydream about the good times you have when you’re not stuck in the books, just do something to constantly remind yourself that it will be over soon!
- Get out and sweat – as tempting as it can be to think that if you sit in front of your books long enough that you’re being productive, realistically we all need a break and there is nothing better than a good old sweat. Even if you can only spare half an hour there is so much you can get done and letting out your frustration will really help. I also think just taking yourself out of your study environment works wonders, if I can see my books or classmates I really stress as it’s a constant reminder so removing myself from that environment really helps.
- It may not be surprising to hear that when I’m revising I try to Eat Well, and although that is the general premise of this blog I do think it’s particularly important around exam and revision time. Your body is like a car which needs good fuel, if you put rubbish fuel in then it won’t perform to its best, check out both of my 10 minute revision dinner posts for plenty of ideas that you can make in super quick time and will fuel you right!
- I know you’ve heard it all before but one thing which is so underrated is remembering to breathe. I’ve never been much into yoga but when I went on a yoga retreat recently (you can read about my time here!) I realised how even the simplest of breathing techniques can really calm you down and make you feel refreshed. Literally 5 minutes sitting still in silence focusing on slowing down your breath and I promise you’ll feel great, as cliché as it sounds, just trust me!