Prioritise your physical health
Most people don’t realize this, but your physical health can severely impact your mental health.
Sleep deprivation, an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise can affect your mood and increase stress levels. Always try to get at least 6 hours of sleep. Studies have shown that lack of sleep can contribute to symptoms of depression. Keep a good, healthy diet by eating balanced meals. Avoid energy drinks that can give you a sugar crash, causing heart palpitations, headaches and tremors. Go for a run, play a game of football or join a yoga class. Physical activity helps to release endorphins, which acts as a natural painkiller.
Eating Dark Chocolate
Believe it or not this is 100% true. Eating dark chocolate which is over 70% cocoa fights the exam stress hormone cortical and has an overall relaxing effect on the body. Plus chocolate releases endorphins which act as a natural stress fighter.
The power of positive thinking
Spend time with people who have a positive effect. It will rub off on you. Avoid negative thoughts, such as ‘Everyone else seems better organized, while I’m struggling.’ Challenge such thoughts with positive thinking; for example, ‘I have done well in exams before.’
Don’t try and conquer everything in one day
Much as you’d like to be, you’re no Superman.
Many students underestimate the amount of time to complete an assignment or finish learning a study chapter, thinking that it can all be done in just one sitting. Once they realize it’s more than what they cannot handle, they start to panic and stress.
This is called the ‘planning fallacy‘and doesn’t happen to just students, but big corporations too!
Don’t be one of them. Instead, break everything down into small targets, then plan out what you can realistically achieve and execute your tasks accordingly. Chances are, you’ll realize that you’ve allocated way too little time at the start!
Once you’ve written everything down in a detailed plan, your mind feel much better about yourself and can start to take some action on your tasks instead of wasting time on panicking and stressing!
Practise relaxation techniques
Practice deep breathing, meditation and yoga as forms of relaxation. They help your body relax and reduce stress. Alternately, go for a brisk walk to take fresh air to refresh your mind after your day’s revision is over.
If you are follower of God then pray before you start studying. Prayer will help to increase your confidence and reduce your stress as well.
Try to get enough sleep
For some people, this is most important thing that’s sleep enough is very useful factor for you especially if you are trying to get the most out of college life. The benefits of a proper night’s sleep cannot be underestimated. Most importantly, sleep helps your brain to rest and acquired new knowledge into your long-term memory so that you can recall it when it comes to test day. Anyone who has tried to concentrate with half a night’s sleep can also testify to improved focus with better sleeping.
Spend time with your loved ones
Don’t lock yourself up and isolate from the world. That can make things worse. Instead, spending time with family and friends can help ease the stress and burden, even if you don’t feel like it. Go for lunch with them, or plan a weekend outing. This gives you something to look forward to and gets your mind off the stress for a while.
It’s always important to have a strong circle of family and friends, especially in times of emotional crisis or bad phase. Your family is always there to support you no matter what, and your friends can certainly give you a new perspective on things and help you laugh things off!