Anyone aspiring to achieve academic excellence and striving to give their best goes through exam stress. It is unavoidable and with all certain circumstances, using it constructively or otherwise is in our hands. First of all, the reasons for exam stress are to be analysed – peer pressure, high expectations from oneself or parents, lacking confidence or preparation are among the few. It is important not to let exam stress get the better of us, but use it as a step ladder to optimise our performance. There are ways to reduce exam stress and to channelise the energy we spend in stressing ourselves out.
Engage in sports activities: Sports and games release endorphins which are the happy hormones which reduce anxiety and create a sense of cheer. This helps in clearing the mind of unwanted and unwarranted thoughts and paves the way for better preparation. It is important to work up a sweat, and a natural environment would be an added advantage.
Recreation: Many parents and some children too feel that exam time is meant only for hardcore studies and any form of entertainment, whether movies or chat up with friends will only hinder their efforts. This is far from the truth, and while a few minutes break time every hour or so with TV or gadgets is usual, it is also essential to get out of the study room into a fresh environment. The change will be refreshing and have a new experience like meeting people and discussing light topics will be invigorating and help in focusing better. A tired mind can more nee focus and just like our bodies need rest after a long day, so make our minds
Listening to music: Music, especially the soothing tones, help create positivity and elevate productivity
Creating a study plan: While this is not a diversion when one does introspection, we tend to observe that the mind only tires because of indecisiveness and lack of ideas. Executing the concept is the child’s place. So it is necessary before starting a study to create a study plan so that the brain doesn’t tire itself out just stressing out because of lack of proper planning. Charting out a timetable and plan works like a charm and is a great way to reduce stress levels drastically.
Meditate: While meditation is not everyone’s cup of tea, even the efforts help tremendously. There are lots of audios and videos available freely on guided meditation, and we only have to follow the instructions; we realise instantly that the mind is calm and relaxed and any aches and pains that had risen out of stress have also vanished completely.
Lastly, as important as the above rules are before exams, it is as significant to go with a relaxed mind to the examination hall as all our efforts would come to nought if we are stressed and exhausted. Stress beyond a certain level makes us lose the sense of our reasoning, and in spite of thorough preparation, we assume we are unprepared and waste all our previous efforts.
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