Exam Stress

Exam stress: the signs and remedies

As exam time approaches everyone gets stressed to some extent, but it’s important not to let it get out of control. Becoming stressed about the countless number of books that need to be read and topics that need to be covered can affect your body and mind, and prevent you from performing at your best level.

The symptoms:

  • Difficulty getting to sleep or waking up in the morning
  • Constant tiredness
  • Poor appetite
  • Increased anxiety and irritability
  • Losing touch with friends and the activities that you enjoy
  • Headaches
  • Feeling sick

The remedies:

  • Take a regular break from work and try doing a little exercise (just a short walk- nothing too strenuous) 
  • Working together during this period with friends or fellow students on a particular topic can not only help with revision but also makes revising more sociable
  • Being organised and having a revision plan is always a great tool to reduce your stress levels. It works as a visual aid showing you that your workload during this period is manageable and achievable
  • Make sure your diet has lots of fruit and veg and reduce your coffee intake (or other stimulants). Cereals, grains, nuts and protein are all good for the brain and blood sugar levels
  • Make sure you get your 8 hours of sleep and remember, your bed is not a desk!
  • If you have non-academic problems (according to an NUS survey 1/3 of students have problems outside of university) there are support and counselling services available. Ask at your university if you need them, as it might be easier to talk to someone other than your family or your friends. Whatever you do don’t bottle up your feelings, because that may just make you feel worse
  • If your symptoms get really bad you should consult your doctor, who can offer help and advice
  • Keep things in perspective; remember there is a life beyond these exams. A positive attitude never hurt!

Remember to keep calm and relaxed throughout this period to ensure you do the best of your ability. From all of us at Scape good luck!

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