Exam Season | Relaxation Tips

Monday, May 23, 2016

As exam season is now well and truly underway, it is clear to see that there's an all around general feeling of stress lingering in the air. My cousin is currently sitting his GCSE's and the stress of it all keeps causing him to snap at pretty much anyone who talks to him. I've just completed my first year of university so I do have quite a few years of experience when it comes to revision! Exams can be a really stressful time indeed, as we all pile a lot of pressure upon ourselves to succeed and so if you're currently suffering from a case of the exam blues, today's post aims to help you make some small changes in preparation for the exam which will hopefully ease the pressure and leave you feeling much more relaxed.

Dress 'nice'
This might seem a little odd but if you're able to wear your own clothes to your exam then make sure you choose an outfit that you feel confident in. Although wearing your pyjamas may seem extremely comfortable and appealing, you're only bound to feel like a 'sloth' and if you dress down your mood and confidence levels are more likely to reach a downer too. If you have to wear a uniform to your exam why not put a bit of extra effort into your hair that day or wear your favourite lipstick?! 

Choose your environment carefully
As they say 'a messy workplace makes way for a messy mind.' Try to choose a working environment which is relatively neat and clean where you're able to access any revision tools you need with ease. If you're panicking about where you last placed your calculator in a mound of clothes on your bedroom floor that isn't going to do much good for your stress levels. For me, lighting a candle and having an organised desk space helps to make me feel so much more at ease when revising. 

Take regular breaks
I used to think that revising for more than four hours straight was a good idea. In fact, I would actually panic when I wasn't revising and start thinking about what I should be learning rather than relaxing. I eventually learnt that that was not a healthy way to be revising. Your brain needs regular breaks to process information in smaller chunks, try revising for half an hour then taking a 10 or 20 minute break. In that time why not treat yourself to a snack or watch a youtube video as a well done to yourself for what you have learnt so far. This makes revision so much more bearable if you have something to break it up with, therefore you'll feel less stressed. 

It's a well known fact that exercise helps to release the chemical 'endorphins' which make you happy, making exercise the perfect way to release any stress. It doesn't need to be anything heavy either. You could go for a walk or a light jog, just anything to get the blood pumping, increasing your concentration levels, releasing your stress and boosting your mood. 

Pamper session
You need time to yourself away from your work, seriously it's for your own sanity. I love to wind down after a long day of hard revision by either reading a book or my favourite magazine, taking a relaxing soak with a lush bath bomb and a face mask or sitting in bed watching YouTube videos with a mug of hot chocolate. Whatever it is you enjoy doing in your spare time, just ensure you give yourself a well deserved touch of relaxation in the evening. 

I hope that these tips helped you, you really do deserve a break after all that hard revision - try not to be so hard on yourself! If you're currently sitting your exams this month, I'm wishing you the best of luck - I'm sure you'll all smash it and get the grades that you deserve.  Just remember to stay focused, be confident in yourself, take some time to breathe and you'll be just be fine, I'm sure!
Until next time,

When does your summer break begin?!
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