Ah! Exams are in the air. Can you smell the dread, confusion, panic, and every other emotion mixed with a hint of fear? You had trouble remembering information throughout the exam, but you remembered everything afterward. Is it true that exam questions cause you to lose concentration because of distracting thoughts?
Yeah, me too!
Exams can leave the best of us feeling stressed out. Regardless of how well you’ve prepared, the night before the test is always filled with anxiety. You will either be left flipping pages in a manic frenzy or twisting and turning on the bed, mentally going through the hundreds of notes you created. In either case, you need someone to hold you by the shoulder, shake you, and tell you that it’s all going to be okay. Here are some tips to help you deal with exam stress.
Keep up a healthy way of living
- Participate in regular meditation. It can help you relax.
- Keep up with your healthy habits like getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating a balanced diet.
- Avoid caffeine, sugar, nicotine, and other jittery substances.
- Being prepared can help to lessen worry.
- Spread out your studying during the entire semester as opposed to “cramming.” Anxiety is heightened by the perception that you won’t have enough time to cover everything.
- Don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself the day before your exam. Go to bed early and do some meditation before you sleep.
Change your mentality
- Instead of expecting perfection from yourself, keep the mentality that you are doing the best you can given the circumstances.
- After the test, think of a treat for yourself. As you complete the exam, compliment yourself.
- Take a “mini-break” in between your preparation whenever you can.
It is well said that, “A little stress can be a good thing: it can be the motivational push that we need to get things done.”
Wishing you all the best for your exams!