Stress, stress, stress and more stress!
I vividly remember my time in university and feeling the double whammy of holiday stress and writing exams. It’s the unavoidable reality of student life and can become overbearing if you don’t plan ahead.
As a society we are constantly living with this preconceived notion that everything that we don’t have control over equals stress. That’s not always the case. One of the best ways to deal with everyday stress is to manage it!
Why am I feeling so stressed-out?
Believe it or not a lot of stress is self –made and most of the time we exaggerate the degree to which we are feeling it. So, for a first step, it’s necessary to understand where this feeling is coming from. Is it because you didn’t prepare as you planned? Or, do you feel the pressure from an external sources such as friends, peers and parents? Either way, the key is to self-reflect and decide on an approach that best addresses your needs not the opinion of others.
How to handle exam stress
- Create a study schedule and stick to it
Build a personal study plan and follow it like you would a map. Once you complete your layout for your study sessions, you’ll immediately feel a sense of relief. As you progress through your study schedule you’ll find that you are more productive and motivated to continue with your schedule
- Make time for your Zzz’s
Sleep becomes a commodity during exam time, so make the effort to get enough sleep. A good night’s rest can never be underestimated. Studies have shown that sleep helps the brain integrate new knowledge into your long term memory making it easier for you to recall your thoughts on exam day.
Exercising produced endorphins, a chemical in the brain that acts like a painkiller and helps your rest more efficiently which in turn will help reduce your stress levels. Any form of physical activity will boost your brain’s ‘feel-good’ molecules, so take the time to incorporate exercise in your everyday rituals.
- Give Yourself a Pat on the Back
After putting in all that hard work, it time for you to realize your success. It is important to see yourself succeeding and achieving your desired grade. Often, people think of obstacles that don’t necessarily exist and create artificial barriers that prohibit them from moving forward. Training the brain can help you reach your goals.
Overall, making a plan for yourself can help make finals less stressful and help you make the grade.