We understand that many students, often during exam and assessment periods, face becoming stressed and overwhelmed.
Stress is a natural part of life, something that everyone deals with at one stage or another, and learning to deal with it is an important learning curve. But sometimes, it doesn't hurt to get some tips on how to handle your stress.
So we have put together 5 ways to better deal with your stress leading into exam time.
1. Feeling in Control
A feeling of control and a healthy balance in your schedule is a necessary part of managing stress. Learning how to manage your responsibilities, accomplish your goals and still have time for rest and relaxation requires that you manage your time efficiently.
2. Be Healthy
Looking after your physical health is vital to take care of your mental health.
Exercise. Physical activity can help you burn off the energy generated by stress. Any exercise is good exercise so if you don’t feel like going to the gym or running a marathon, just go for a nice evening stroll.
Sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause many physical and mental problems and can increase stress. Make sure you are getting enough sleep at night and find time during the day to take a brief rest.
Limit Caffeine. We know it may be difficult, but stimulants like coffee elevate the stress response in your body.
3. Minimise Procrastinating
Putting off assignments or responsibilities until the last minute can create more mental and physical stress than staying on top of them. Procrastination can affect many aspects of daily life, such as the quality of your work, the quality of your sleep, and your mood. As procrastination is inevitable for many students, leave time in your schedule to procrastinate, and try to minimise this time, so as to stick to your planned working agenda.
4. Know your limits
Realize that we all have limits. Learn to work within your limits and set realistic expectations for yourself and others.
Seek the support of friends and family when you need to “vent” about situations that bring on stressful feelings. But make sure that you don’t focus exclusively on negative experiences; try to also think of at least three things that are going well for you, and share those experiences.