10 Tips to Relieve Examination Stress
These stress relievers are appropriate for your age and are quick and easy to do. They will help you function at your best as you approach and sit your examinations.
- Drink Right: Drink plenty of water. Always have water with you before, during and after examinations and revision sessions. Just drink more!
- Eat Right: Diet can boost your brain power! Avoid sugary, fatty foods and concentrate on fruit and complex carbohydrates like pasta and rice.
- Exercise: Regular exercise 3-4 times a week helps relieve stress. It enhances your mood and you sleep better.
- Music: Music can help you relieve stress – classical music while studying, upbeat music to ‘wake up’ mentally and relax with ambient tunes.
- Breathing Exercises: Think about your breathing, keep it deep and slow. Breathe in through your nose and out through the mouth.
- Staying Organised: Clutter causes stress. Create a soothing study area that is free of distractions and clutter!
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR): Tensing and relaxing all muscles will relax you. You can learn to relieve stress in seconds.
- Positive Thinking: Positive thinking brings better grades. Be optimistic.
- Power Naps: Studies show a 20 minute to one hour nap in the afternoon can help you increase your concentration and grades.
Simple Activities to Reduce Stress Whilst in an Examination
Below are some simple exercises for you to try if you are feeling so stressed, you cannot concentrate on your examination paper. Remember that you are in an examination hall and that your movement might distract others, so be considerate.
- Rub your hands together and cover your eyes with your warm palms.
- Hold for about 30 seconds with your eyes open to receive the warmth of your hands.
- Start by rubbing your hands together quickly, until they are warm.
- Place the palms on the forehead and pressing into your face, pull your hands down until your fingertips touch your chin.
- Circle your hands around your face a couple of times, as if washing it.
- Use your thumb and index finger to gently rub your outer ears until they are warm.
- Gently pinch and press the whole ear.
- Reach back to your shoulder and neck with one hand press and knead the muscles in that area.
- Repeat on the other side.