Are you looking for tips on how to deal with exam stress? If so, read on. Though it’s normal for students to experience some stress in the run-up to examinations, face too much and you could start to experience serious health problems. If we get too stressed, it becomes hard for us to fulfil our potential and get the results we are perfectly capable of achieving.
Common symptoms and ways to deal with exam stress
If you have faced difficulty with sleeping or getting up in the morning, have become more tired than usual, have started forgetting things, have lost your appetite or have started experiencing strange aches and pains, you could be suffering from exam-related stress. Other symptoms of exam stress can include headaches and migraines, dizziness, feelings of sadness, losing interest in things you used to enjoy, feeling more anxious and irritable than normal, dizziness and sped-up heart rates. Notice three or more of these symptoms and it’s time to take action and considering seeing a doctor.
Tips on how to deal with exam stress include taking a break when your brain starts to feel overloaded, avoiding comparing yourself with others, eating the right foods including a proper breakfast and healthy amounts of fruit and vegetables and getting enough sleep. Cigarettes, alcohol and illegal drugs can cause more problems than they solve and worsen your mental state. It’s also advisable to get enough exercise. This will boost your physical and mental fitness. If you are having trouble sleeping, avoid taking devices like mobile phones to bed with you. It’s wise to try and aim for eight hours’ sleep if you can.
If you start to feel a sense of panic, move away from your textbooks or computer screen and try to control your breathing via deep breaths. It’s also advisable to come up with a manageable revision timetable and break your duties down into chunks. Many people reward themselves with enjoyable activities during breaks such as listening to music or slipping into the bath to deal with exam stress. You certainly need to start the day with a good breakfast in an exam day and plan for the big day in advance. Make sure you have all the stationery you need and take water into the exam hall or room with you.
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Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Accident Advice