It is natural to be nervous as the exam dates approach nearer. However, you can reduce exam stress considerably by adopting a few healthy habits.
1. Eat Healthy: Eat a balanced diet that will ensure your brain is getting enough nutrients and energy to read, understand, and analyze the complicated syllabus. Avoid excessive consumption of fast food items. These are low in nutrients and they can make you feel full, lazy, and sleepy the next day, when you need to stay active and awake, and quickly read through the study matter.
2. Exercise Regularly: Moderate exercises keep you fit, active, and energetic enough to deal with the extra academic workload during exams. Simple meditation and breathing exercises help reduce exam related tension.
3. Cut Down Caffeine: Do you gulp down numerous cups of coffee during exams? It may be wise to control this habit. Students generally drink excessive amounts of coffee during exam times to fight intellectual fatigue and resist sleepiness. It is true that a cup of coffee instantly stimulates the brain into feeling active in the short term. But after a while the accumulated caffeine in your system can leave you feeling drained and depleted. Build up of caffeine can interfere with your body’s natural sleep cycle. This may cause you to become irritable and experience annoying headaches during exam time.
4. Avoid Pulling All-nighters Often: It is okay to pull an all-nighter once in a blue moon. But do not turn this into a regular exam habit. Sleep deprivation can lead to fuzzy thinking and forgetfulness in the examination hall. Getting the right amount of sleep is essential for controlling stress and tension experienced during exam times. You can avoid pulling all-nighters by studying a little bit every day.
5. Schedule Group Study Time Occasionally: It is a good idea for a bunch of friends to gather together once every week and form a study group. Group study lets you know that you are not the only one dealing with exam stress. It takes away the feeling of isolation that students often experience during exams.
Sometimes group study sessions turn into gossip sessions. But this is okay. It plays a part in controlling stress levels by diverting the mind towards other trivial issues temporarily. However, it is never wise to rely completely on group study to prepare you to face the question paper. Studying alone in a quiet peaceful setting with no distractions is also essential. Finally, remember to keep things in perspective and avoid obsessing about academic success. After all, exams are just one little part of life. Do not be too hard on yourself if you are unable to get great grades. Many adults achieve success in the world despite mediocre grades through innovative thinking and hard work, and by focusing on their natural talents.