Exam Stress Tip #3: Take Breaks.
It’s study week. You have to write to essays, study for three exams, prepare for your oral presentation, and finalize your group project. You’re stressed; there’s so much to do and so little time. My advice? Take a break.
Step away from your laptop, books, and notes, and take a breath. Go do something fun, do something active. Take your mind off of revision for just a little bit. Go to the gym, bake some cookies, meet up with a friend for coffee. These things aren’t banned as soon as exam period starts, in fact, they are essential.
You can’t expect your brain to work to it’s best potential all day long. I don’t think its possible (although I’m sure some people think otherwise), and trying to make it work isn’t going to help your stress levels. My advice is to take two hours out of each day to do something fun, something that will make your mind go somewhere else than just exams and essays.
This past weekend I went on a three hour long hike, despite having an exam in a few days time. It allowed other parts of my body to work besides my brain, for me only to be focused on reaching the top of the mountain, and for me to breathe some non-library air. It was great, and I came back feeling refreshed and ready to continue studying.
Grant yourself your daily break, you deserve it. It’ll allow your stress levels to fall and you’ll feel a whole lot better.
Come back tomorrow for tip #4!