Examinations are around the corner. So is the stress that accompanies it.
According to Childline, United Kingdom, stress starts building up when you feel you can’t cope with revision, or feel pressure from your school or family.
There is a constant urge to succeed and yet there persist the worry that the efforts you put in are not adequate. The tension of failing or not get the grades you need for the course or job you want, keep you within this stress bubble.
However scary it might seem, there are many simple and fun ways to cope with the exam stress all by yourself. Bottling up stress often make stress worse. So it can really help to talk.
Talking to someone you trust like a friend, teacher or family member could help. They might not be aware of how their attitude towards your exams is putting pressure on you.
Now, managing stress or anxiety is at your fingertips with these techniques:
Write down your worries:
Focus on the area of your worry. Jot down the first thing that comes to your head on a sheet of paper. Read it and embraces it. Inhale deeply. Clear your mind and then throw the paper away. This technique lets you understand the root cause of your stress. And as they put it, once you define your fear, you have already overcome the fear.
Use the Art box to draw a picture of how you want to feel or what you want to happen:
We are not speaking about artistic sketching here. Here the picture is the representation of thoughts. The image is not for anyone else’s eyes. It is for you. It is the physical representation of your intellectual aspiration. Often in stress, one fails to remember what you are aiming for and this target is the main aspect of every preparation. It might be as simple as getting through the exams with a good score or being the top scorer of the class. It doesn’t matter what your aim is, but the focus is. So before you sketch, have a clear picture in your head what is your goal. Pick a pencil and pull out a paper. And here you go!
Go for a walk or do some exercise:
Just like physical labour exhausts your body, continuous drilling of your mind during exam time, tires your brain too. The more hours you revise, greater the workload for your brain. So it is important to take breaks too. And breaks doesn’t mean closing your textbooks and sitting idle. Along with intellectual exercise to keep your mind sharp, physical exercise is equally important to keep your mind and body healthy. Taking a walk or any sort of physical activity increases the blood flow in your body and into your brain. Brain cells or neurons require sufficient oxygen to function efficiently and a physical activity ensures proper blood flow and oxygen dispersion. Shake your feet, stretch a bit and get back to the drill.
Listen to calming music:
Your favourite music never fails to soothe your nerves. Music therapy is one of the easiest and ideal way to calm yourself. It helps to take your mind off the problem at hand and enjoy the little pleasures of life. Revisions can get boring after a while and the same boredom can give rise to stress. So instead of sitting in front of course materials for a long stretch, take occasional breaks. These breaks should be short so that you don’t lose the flow of what you have been studying or revising. Music is the ideal choice during these frequent short breaks. You can even call it your ‘song break’.
Play a game to take your mind off your worries and stress for a bit:
One good game cheers your heart. The monotonous revision in the same topic coupled with the worry of unsatisfactory performance can be stressful. And stress is one thing you do not need during your exam time. Pick a board game or play catch with your pet. The game doesn’t necessarily require physical straining. Pick something you enjoy and love playing. Getting back to studies after a game freshens your mind. And with a fresh mind, you can conquer the world ahead. Even if it’s trapped within the layers of your Geography textbook.
Before we wind up, REMEMBER that everyone’s different. Try not to compare yourself to your friends.
And ALWAYS remember, you are not alone in this.