4 Simple Ways to Limit Stress this Exam Period
As Semester Two ends and exams loom large, Social Media reporter Brent Row presents some simple ways to take control early, limit your stress levels and ensure you are fighting fit for the most important time of the year.
Make a schedule
It’s easy to feel as if there is a mountain of work ahead of you. The sense of losing control is one of the most painful aspects of exam anxiety.
Creating a study schedule breaking down all the tasks you need to complete over the next four weeks is a great way to flip the switch and regain a feeling of control over your studies.
A realistic and straightforward plan of what you are able to do on each day will help you know exactly how much time you can spend on each topic covered in the course. It will also allow you to…
Schedule time away from study
With panic taking hold and so much to do, many students bury themselves in work at the expense of personal relationships and leisure time.
Beyond making yourself miserable, this also has a negative impact on your study habits. The constant grind of study will make you less alert, and will hamper your ability to retain information.
Remember, uni is not and should not be your entire life. Striking a healthy balance between study and personal life is the key to long-term success and productivity. Uni is important, but not as important as…
Taking care of yourself
At this time of year, study can easily get in the way of everyday health and care. The key is to establish good habits early and make sure you keep your personal care at the top of your priorities.
Sleep deprivation is far too common in students trying to cram in a few extra hours of study. This is counter-productive! Not getting enough sleep will only dull your mind, making study less effective.
Remember to take a break from your computer if you are sitting in front of it for hours on end. Getting up and going outside can do wonders. Exercise is a proven stressbuster that will help clear the cobwebs.
Above all else, don’t neglect your mental health. If you are feeling like it’s all becoming too much…
Talk to someone
Reach out to friends, family or even the Griffith Counselling Service for support. It’s amazing how the simple act of sharing your concerns can strip them of their power over you.
Getting it all off your chest will help you refocus mentally. Speaking to friends who are in a similar situation will also prove that you aren’t alone in feeling this way at this time of year.
Don’t just seek help; offer it too. If you spot a friend or classmate who looks to be struggling, offering them a chance to vent can make all the difference.
In one of the most stressful times of the year for a uni student, it’s crucial that we help each other out as much as possible.
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