How to punch-back the exam stress

Sunday Express - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THE ex­am­i­na­tion pe­riod is a very stress­ful time for a stu­dent. For oth­ers it is be­cause they are only start­ing to study then, for oth­ers it is be­cause they just feel pres­sured from know­ing that it is how one’s fate is re­vealed, how all of their in­vest­ments are shared to the rest of the world, and for oth­ers it is sim­ply be­ing over­whelmed by emo­tion.

There are a mil­lion other rea­sons why the ex­am­i­na­tion pe­riod el­e­vates stress lev­els.

Ex­er­cise is my go to so­lu­tion for ev­ery­thing that has to do with re­viv­ing the mind or re­duc­ing ten­sion.

If you are used to reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, do not ne­glect your work­out rou­tine dur­ing exam time.

You are al­lowed to cut out some 10 or 15 min­utes from your reg­u­lar rou­tine, but do not stop al­to­gether.

There are plenty other fac­tors that should be dealt with in or­der to achieve a ten­sion- free ex­am­i­na­tion pe­riod, here are some of them:

Eat­ing right:

you may be tempted to binge eat on junk food, it hap­pens to most peo­ple; but re­mem­ber that food has a di­rect ef­fect on your mood.

So, avoid high-fat, high- su­gar, and high­caf­feine foods be­cause they will in­crease your stress lev­els.

Rather, take lots of fruit and veg­eta­bles, whole grains, and lean pro­tein prefer­ably fish.

Stay dis­ci­plined, it is for your own good, chips and African roller balls are com­pletely for­bid­den in this pe­riod

Stay pos­i­tive about study­ing:

adopt a posi- tive per­sonal mantra to keep your mood up while you study.

Like any other time of life, you need your pos­i­tive en­ergy more than any­thing; you need to be your own per­sonal cheer­leader.

Think of some­thing pos­i­tive to al­ways say to your­self, some­thing you can say of­ten to just re­mind your­self of what is im­por­tant, what the goal is and why you need to achieve it.

Here is some­thing that can def­i­nitely work “I am a hard worker and I am go­ing to suc­ceed” so when­ever you feel over­whelmed, re­peat this mantra while tak­ing deep very slow breathes

Make and rou­tine: fol­low a

if you are the kind of per­son who feels rou­tine is bore­dom then this is the time for you to change that per­spec­tive.

You need to es­tab­lish a study rou­tine that you should fol­low each day. If you study reg­u­larly, you will feel more pre­pared and there­fore less stressed.

What works for you? Study­ing in the morn­ing or at night? Fig­ure out what works best for you and stick to it.

Pick a reg­u­lar place to study that is free of dis­trac­tions and make sure to head there when­ever your rou­tine re­quires.

In a nut­shell, know your abil­i­ties and hold onto them this sea­son. Stay pos­i­tive and work ex­tra hard at punch­ing the ex­am­i­na­tion stress right in the FACE!!!

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