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10 ways to destress for exams

10 ways to destress for exams

Ruth Durkin No Comment

1. Get a change of scene

We all know the feeling of sitting at your desk, staring at the same page of revision for an hour, with none of it sinking in. Go for a 10-minute walk! Physical exercise releases endorphins in your brain, which cheers you up. Drinking in some nature can take your mind off work for a while, allowing you to reflect on what you have to do away from the pile of paper.

2. Turn off your computer screen

It’s all too tempting to scroll through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram when you’re having a break from revision, but staring at a screen all day is scientifically proven to increase stress in some people, and makes it difficult to sleep. Try giving someone a call – old friends, family, partners, anyone to take your mind off revision without the need for a screen!

3. Listen to some music

Cranking up the volume on a feel-good classic can really brighten up your day, and turn the same dingy revision den into a daytime disco!

4. Eat some fruit

Chocolate may be tempting, but the guilt might stress you out more! Instead, why not go for the natural goodness of fruit? They have plenty of sugars to give you energy. Bananas are particularly good; the potassium helps to keep your blood pressure down.

5. Meditate

Meditation doesn’t mean sitting cross-legged on top of a mountain, chanting ‘Ommm’… but spending 10 minutes with your lights off in bed practising Mindfulness can be a great way to clear your head and get a healthy dose of perspective on your workload. There are plenty of apps and online tools that can help guide you through meditation – just Google ‘Mindfulness’!

6. Sleep

This one sounds obvious, but the number of people who don’t sleep properly is astounding. You may think you don’t have time to get a solid kip, but your brain will take in a lot more information after a proper rest, so it can actually increase your revision productivity. Make sure you turn screens off (computer and phone) an hour before bed, as the blueish light stops you from getting to sleep.

7. Write a list of things you’re happy about

Sometimes, in the depths of a tough study session, it’s hard to remember what it’s like to be happy. Write a list of all the things that cheer you up, and have a look when you feel like it’s all getting a bit too much. It could be anything from football in the park to a hot bath – climbing trees to cuddling puppies.

8. Say no, politely!

Don’t forget about your friends and family and make time to see them when you can. However, some people might not understand that you need to focus on your studies and, for the time-being, you may need to see people less frequently than usual. Explain to your nearest and dearest that you’d love to see them when your exams are over, or even better, to celebrate when you receive your results! Don’t take on too much or you might feel overwhelmed.

9. Smile!

Even fake smiles are proven to improve your mood. We’re not sure why, they just do! Time yourself for one minute of grinning, and you’ll probably feel a lot better after it!

10. Open a window

If you really don’t have time to go for a walk, even cracking a window open can be a great way to feel better. A cold breeze can be very invigorating, and the fresh air benefits your body, making you mentally and physically prepared for work.

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