It’s nearly that dreaded time in the semester once again: exams. Before the closing of the school year and the approaching holidays comes the added stress of preparing, studying and finally completing these last examinations. Although this period can be taxing on any university student, it doesn’t have to be. With a little care and extra attention, you too can beat exam stress. Here’s a few ways to get started.
Get Plenty of Rest
Rest is an essential part of our lives, and especially of importance during high-stress periods like exams. The British Sleep Council estimates that only 22% of the UK’s population gets the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep needed per night. Though it may seem impossible to get enough sleep when you’re prepping for that next high-stakes test, the reality is that lack of sleep may not only be detrimental to your exam grade, but also your overall health. So how can you get a better night’s sleep? The Sleep Council offers these strategies as possibilities:
- Listen to music, which can calm you before and during sleep.
- Try meditation, an ancient practice that leads to both less stress and better sleep.
- Explore homeopathic essential oils like lavender, whose scent is used by some to relax and de-stress.
Make Studying a Social Event
In the midst of studying for an exam, it can be easy to neglect the nurturing of relationships with both friend and significant others. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Many students find group study to be not only more enjoyable, but also beneficial to the amount of information they’re able to retain. Try making studying for your next exam a social event. Gather close friends — especially those taking the same course as you — for an evening of studying. Make it fun: order pizza, buy some drinks and celebrate the semester’s upcoming conclusion whilst making headway on studying.
Carve Out Some “Me” Time
The most important thing you can do to take care of yourself during exam time is to carve out some time meant just for yourself. Give yourself a break from studying. Participate for a few moments in doing something you enjoy. Play an hour of your favorite video game, treat yourself to some ice cream or just relax in a nice warm bath.
Though exam time can be quite stressful, you don’t have to allow the stress to consume you. With a little attention, you can make the best of exam time whilst taking care of yourself.