5 ways to take care of yourself during exam time
By Nomali Cele
Exams can be intimidating because they are the culmination of a year’s worth of work — or in the case of matriculants, 12 years.We have already shared tips to help parent’s better support their children during this stressful time.Today, however, we speak to the learners themselves; the ones who will be sitting for exams. You have to take care of yourself, and these are some ways to do it.
That’s right, breathe.The least helpful thing to do during a period filled with stress would be to panic. All you can ever do in any given situation is you best; not relaxing will make it hard to achieve your best.Different people handle stress differently but by committing to find was to destress on a daily basis will go a long way in easing the pressure.
Relaxing includes dedicating a set time out of your day and doing your favourite mindless activity: play a game, watch your favourite TV show or read a magazine. Getting away from the situation is another way to relax: leave the house and see friends away from study sessions.
- Eat Well
A full stomach, better yet, a balanced diet, is one of the most important things for a well-functioning brain. Many people find that they’re unable to eat all of their food or any food at all during stressful times because they are too busy to sit down for a meal. Another challenge faced by many during stressful situations is that their appetite disappears entirely.
Be sure to get all of the nutrients that you need by having a balanced meal. Healthy fats can be found in fish (especially salmon), nuts (especially almonds), oats and all the berries– these foods will help you keep your energy up without any downside.
Avoid caffeinated energy boosters as much as you can because the come down from them is draining.
- Have a plan
A solid plan will save you a lot of time and confusion leading up to the exam. This is also where you will want to set your goals for each subject. While a subject that you aren’t very good a will require a lot of time, the time invested might not necessarily yield a grade that reflects it.
Plan your revision sessions in a way that will help you make the most out of the time you have. Spend enough time on the subjects that challenge you, and don’t be afraid of reaching out for help if you need to.
- Take help
If there are group sessions, revision evening classes or friends who are better at understanding some concepts than you are, take their help when they offer it. If nobody offers help, ask for it. Ask your parents if you can get a few weeks off of your evening chores for revision classes. Everybody in your life is on your side, and they all want you to succeed. Don’t let pride or being afraid to ask for help get in the way of your success.
- Go easy on yourself
Being kind to yourself is an important step for getting through exam season intact. Let go of each exam after you finish it, let go of the thoughts that you could have done better or studied longer or harder. It’s pointless punishing yourself with thoughts of what could have been. Nothing can bring your down quicker than doubting your ability, so make an effort to be kind to yourself.
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