With your annual exams right around the corner, most of you would be feeling nervous and stressed out. You don’t have to worry. Follow these simple steps to avoid any sort of stress, and you will ace your exams will ease!
Practise Meditation Regularly
Meditation is the simplest possible stress-buster before an exam and in general. Find a quiet place, sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and meditate for 15-20 minutes and that’s it! There are several apps that aid you with meditation. Meditation sharpens the mind by increasing its ability to focus and boosts serotonin production in the body, lowering stress and keeping you in a good mood.
Manage Your Time Properly
No matter what you do, you only have 24 hours a day. So, time management is crucial. Keep a set of realistic targets to achieve over the next few days, prepare a timetable, and more importantly, stick to it. This will certainly avoid the stress and panic you get if you cram everything in the last minute. Studying continuously for hours can be taxing, and your efficiency only goes down if you are fatigued. Ensure that you have necessary breaks in your schedule as well – perhaps a 15-minute break for every hour of study.
Do Some Physical Activities
While many of you might think that doing some physical exercise might only tire you more, the truth is quite contrary! Sitting in a chair for a long time restricts the flow of blood to your brain and upper body. A quick 20-minute run or some aerobic exercises aid in blood circulation and also lower stress by producing more dopamine and serotonin in the body. Exercises also release endorphins in the body, which improve your memory. So, remember to manage your time and set aside a few minutes for physical activity every day.
Sleep is not something you do in the “leftover” time after studying. It is important to allot a solid 7.5-8 hours for sleep every day. Studies have shown that sleep doesn’t just rest your body but also helps the mind to recollect things (declarative memory) as well as synthesise new ideas. Go to bed early and wake up fresh before your exam – you will find yourself well-focused and creative.
Maintain Good Food Habits
You might feel like you deserve a treat after an intense study session, but at the same time, you must stick to a healthy balanced diet. Eat light but don’t skip meals. Protein-rich foods like eggs, yoghurt and cottage cheese, make the brain more alert. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also good sources of brain fuel. In general, it is better to avoid caffeine.
The annual exams can be aced with ease if you keep yourself healthy – physically and mentally, and remain stress-free. Allot time for studies as well as relaxation and you will be in excellent shape to tackle any paper!