Saturday, 14 May 2016

Exam Stress

It is that horrid time of year again, you know what I'm talking about, exams! I am the first person to find myself wriggling in anxiety, especially at my oral exams which for me are the worst of the worst exam wise. So how can you help yourself during this stressful time of the year. Of course different things work for different people and so what works for me may not work for you. However, here are the things that help me:

1. Listening to music - I don't think I go a day without listening to music, I sing, I dance, I rap and it is a great way to de-stress. I listen to music first thing in the morning to get me ready for the day and to motivate myself and then at different periods during the day I will listen to various types of music and it really does help me to relax.

2. Hugging animals - whilst I am at university this is quite hard to do, but do check out if your university does animal de-stress days as I know quite a lot of universities are embracing this idea. If you live at home then spend time with your animals, it is proven to help relieve stress and animals are a great way to put a smile on your face.

3. Mindful colouring - Sometimes it is really nice to do something that is completely different and quiet. So return to your 5 year old self and get yourself a colouring book. Just 20 minutes a day of colouring is meant to help relieve stress and anxiety.

4. Laugh with friends - laughing is good for so many things, its a great way to combat stress and depression and is also a great distraction. A good evening of laughter and being silly with my flatmates really does help.

 5. Get enough sleep - it is tempting with the stress of exams to want to revise all night however sleep is crucial. Getting between 7-9 hours a night will really make a difference.

6. Eat healthily - I am currently eating clean, so instead of eating a chocolate bar i'll eat a bowl of strawberries. Fruit has a lot more vitamins  and so is better for your brain. Avoid binge eating and alcohol as these will not help your insides. If you fancy chocolate, dark chocolate is actually really good for you as it has lots of magnesium in it, however it has to be above 75%.  And if you are like me then that's bad news for you because you don't like dark chocolate.

7. Time out - Of course revision is important, but so is time out, how ever you would like to spend it.

I hope that you find these helpful, please comment below anything that you do to help with revision stress as I am currently in the same position as you and am ready to try new things to help.

Good luck with your exams, summer is soon here.

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