Coping With Exam Stress

So my second year exams are fast approaching – my first is on the 15th – and I’m starting to feel it.

Now as you know, I’m not the kind of person to get stressed about things like exams. I mentioned it in my post about Accepting Myself and honestly, I’m still feeling pretty chilled about them. This is both a positive and a negative, in fact I am horrendously stressed about the fact that I am not stressed at all…

So whether you’re feeling the exam pressure, or whether you’re like me and are stressed about not feeling the exam pressure, I thought I’d share a few stress busting tips that work for me (at least for a few minutes anyway).

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Put yourself first

So whether this means skipping a small revision session to sleep in, maybe paint your nails, prepare a big breakfast, whatever, make sure you do it. Please. I’m begging. Don’t stress yourself more by going over and over everything until you can’t remember which way is up – it’s just not worth it!
You are the king/queen of your realm and you deserve to put yourself above some stupid test, if only for a few minutes.

Nourish Yourself

Food and drink are just so important, as I’m sure your mum and school and whoever have drummed into you since birth. But I’m so serious about this. Feed yourself good, wholesome foods and drink all the water that you can (water = loo breaks = no revision, so thats good, right?)
However, I don’t mean that you should focus on your diet through the exam season. I’m telling you to eat whatever feels good to you. When I’m working hard I love to demolish a packet of Tesco Value Bourbons so who am I to judge?
Look after your body and you’ll look after your mind.

Sweat, baby, sweat

Get yo’ sweat on. Now I’m not going to preach to you about how great exercise is and how much fun it is because it isn’t. Exercise is the worst.
When I say exercise, when it comes to revision stress, all I mean is get up from your desk every once in a while. Go for a run, go to the gym, do some yoga, walk to the kitchen for food and walk back. Stretch your legs.
Get a little bit of blood pumping!

Set yourselves small goals and rewards

Okay so finishing your exam is a great reward in itself but it just doesn’t cut it, does it? No.
Personally, I find I can’t find the motivation to do anything gross without a little present system. I don’t mean buying myself an outfit every time I finish a page of notes because I’m obviously not made of money and I’m not sure my landlord would be happy if I used clothes as an excuse for not paying rent.
I mean little things. Chocolate? A bubble bath? An entire season of Community on Netflix? Y’know, just tiny little things.

Cut out any unnecessary stress

Obviously aside from exams we also have to live, so things like rent, bills, friends and relationships are also hanging around for when we’re done. This last tip is definitely easier said than done.
Throughout the year I’m constantly on some kind of health kick or another, trying new things, figuring out my life, etc. I don’t do these things during exams. Diets and exams just do not go. Trying a new ‘leg day’ routine the day before an exam is not cool. Existential crises mid exam are not ideal.
Focus on the task in hand because lets face it, focusing on any more would just blow your head off.

Fingers crossed these little tips have inspired you even a tiny bit – if not you should check out my post on Procrastination 101 because lets face it, you’re only reading my blog right now to get out of working (I know that’s why I’m writing this post…)


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