Coping with Exam Stress
“Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness”
Some tips :
- When you feel stressed, practice taking long, deep breaths.
- Take regular breaks from your study.
- Get regular exercise. Shoot for a minimum of 20 minutes three times per week.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Learn time management and organization skills.
- Use humor to lighten difficult situations.
- Seek to find the positive in every situation. View adversity as an opportunity for learning and growth.
- Do not bury your emotions. This is a temporary fix at best. Unresolved emotions can resurface as nightmares or physical illness.
- If you find that a relationship makes you stressed, end it. If that isn’t possible, remember that you may not be in control their behavior, but you are in control of how you react to it.
- Give compliments freely and smile often. You’ll be amazed how the mood around you will change and how in turn you will feel better.
- Learn to really listen to what others are saying rather than getting upset because you disagree. Seek to find areas of common ground and work for a compromise.
When you find yourself stressed, ask yourself one question: Will this matter in 5 years from now? If yes, then do something about the situation. If no, then let it go.
Sleep and food are vital. Your body needs them for energy so don’t skip meals or stay up all night revising. It won’t do you any good in the long run because by the time the exam comes, you won’t have any energy and your concentration levels will be low. Get some physical exercise every day. This will help keep your mood positive and help you sleep.
“Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea.”