5 Tips for Coping with Exam Stress
A certain degree of worrying can give you the motivation to achieve great results, although there may be times (especially during exam period) when it’s important not to become over-stressed.
Here are a few great tips for coping with exam stress:
- Eat well – When studying for exams, healthy eating can often go out of the window. While it’s easy to be tempted by junk-food-fueled study sessions, it’s really important to maintain a balanced diet and get the nutrients you need. Why not try ‘brain foods’ like blueberries, nuts and seeds
- Sleep well – When it comes to revision, you might feel like every hour counts but it’s more important to make sure that your body is well rested, and that means ensuring you get enough sleep. While everyone is different, the average teenager needs between eight and ten hours to function at their best
- Get some exercise – While making time to revise is obviously necessary, you shouldn’t give up other areas of your life – particularly exercise. Exercising regularly is proven to reduce stress and anxiety and release endorphins which stimulate brain cells
- Don’t put too much pressure on yourself – Your exams are obviously extremely important, but putting undue pressure on yourself will always have a negative effect. Remember that doing your best is all anyone can ask and even if you don’t do as well as expected, there’s always the chance to improve your grade in the summer
- Ask for help – It’s important to remember that everyone wants you to succeed. Whether it’s from friends, parents or your course tutors, support is all around so make sure to ask for help if you need it. Don’t suffer in silence