Keep Calm and Study On
5 Tips to de-stress during exams…
It is about that time again, school is ending and exams are here. Lately, it seems as if all we think about is balancing school, work and a social life, but in the midst of it all we forget about one thing that should always top that list: our mental health.
There are many healthy ways to help you de-stress your life as exams approach, choose what works best for you, and try incorporating that in your everyday routine.
- Take a nap
It seems almost impossible to get good rest when your professors keep piling assignments and exams on you. Although napping does have a stigma of being lazy, I’d like to think that a quick snooze in the middle of the day never hurt anyone. Not only is it a great way to rest your brain from all the information you have been cramming into it, but getting some rest is important for your body, physically and mentally.
Unless you are a total exercise junkie, this one might not sound so appealing. Although I will say, from personal experience, that exercising is a great way to clear your mind and give you a nice little confidence boost as you go on and face those exams. Go to the gym, go on a jog, do some yoga, even the shortest workout will give you a sense of accomplishment.
Planners and to-do lists have taken over my life. Seems I can’t go a day without writing everything I have to do in my planner. If you have a lot going on, writing it down somewhere where you can go back and check it is a great habit to acquire. Staying organized is definitely something that has made my busy weeks flow more smoothly.
- Find at least one good moment in every day
Have you heard of the saying “Was it a bad day or a bad five minutes that you milked all day?” Don’t go about your day milking those bad five minutes that you had. Instead, find a good moment and milk it all day. Stay positive and be grateful for all the amazing things that life has to offer.
- Have some ‘me’ time
Listen to music, go on a walk, read a book (for fun), go to a coffee shop — by yourself. For some, the thought of being alone in a public space makes them want to cringe. For others, it is their favorite thing to do. Spending time with yourself and loving every second of it is a great way to reconnect and recharge. Reflect on your day, set some goals, and make a plan to accomplish them.
Love yourself, be kind to your mind and don’t let these exams get the best of you. A friend once told me, “It is a bad exam, not a bad life,” and she was right. At that moment, I decided that my mental health and well-being will ALWAYS be at the top of my list.
Written by an Empowerteen Creative Writer Student Intern:
Vanesa Montalvo (2017 Linfield College, Senior)
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