8 Tips to Lessen the Stress and Tension during Exam Seasons

By Monica Wilson on May 21, 2012

While May means blossoming trees and fun for most people, it can be a long, agonising time for students. The exam season always bring stress to everyone – parents and students alike. The good news is that there are several ways to minimise the tension and improve chances of scoring high. Below are 8 of them:

     1.       Become organised.

If you know that you are ready, you’re less likely to become worried. Preparing for any exam is essential to minimise the feeling of fear, worries, and tension. It’s always a great idea to start early. Know what you’re up to and what areas you will be examined on. Get a copy of the examination syllabus and look for reviewers. Being organised will lead you closer to success! 

2.       Know how to prioritise

You only have one chance in a year to do well on this exam so why not give it your best shot? In whatever exam you will be facing, it is crucial that you put it on your priority list. When you understand how important is, you will be motivated to exert a lot of effort, setting aside the worries and fear that you might be feeling today. 

3.       Become physically active

Did you know that exercising does not only improve your physical health but also help your brain perform better? There is some scientific evidence that link physical activity to brain power. It is also found to promote overall sense of wellbeing and can lead to the reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression. You can take a short walk to the park, play some sports and so on.                                                                                                                 

4.       Get enough sleep

As the examination day approaches, you might find yourself working overtime and trying to absorb as much as information you can. Studying late at night will not help especially on the day before the exam. All the knowledge and information you stored in your mind by 10 pm and beyond are less likely to remain the next day. See to it that you’re getting enough sleep all the time. 

5.       Breathe, breathe, breathe

When you’re tensed and anxious, you find it hard to breathe properly. This in turn affects your mood and worsens your condition. When faced with a stressful situation, take some deep breath. During the exam day, take six deep breaths in the nose and exhale through your mouth. This allows the oxygen to spread even to the hard-to-reach areas in your brain. 

6.       Learn some relaxation techniques

There are a few relaxation techniques that will help ease the tension that’s hindering you from revising well. When you feel too anxious, try stopping for a while and close your eyes. Breathe slowly yet deeply. Through your senses, locate the areas where the tension reside and let your body calm down, feel the tension vanishing. Clear your mind from whatever thoughts and let it become like a plain, wide blanket. This practice can run up to 20 minutes or more, depending on how relaxed you have been. Do this as many times as needed. 

7.       Join a support group

Sometimes, it’s much better to revise when you’re with your fellow students. Try joining a study group. This does not only help you digest information easier but also gives you an opportunity to talk to one another about the things that worry you. Being in a support group helps you realise that even though you’re in despair, you are not alone.

8.       Treat yourself with some nice, healthy food

Your mind works well when you’re relaxed and full. Make sure you have plenty of food in the fridge and it should be a mix of vegetables, meat, and fish. Having some complex carbs will give you more energy to study and absorb information. It’s okay to munch on some cookies and chocolates from time to time but make sure you receive more nutrients by observing a balanced diet.

 Here’s one more tip: MAKE YOUR PARENTS PROUD! Good luck in your exams. You can do it.

 

Source of this article:

http://www.mind.org.uk/help/diagnoses_and_conditions/exam_stress 

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