Updated: Sep 17
Anxiety, stress, and pressure can be the worst things in the world. They can drive you to madness, or they can help you achieve greatness. If you’re reading this, then it’s a safe bet that you are most likely feeling the latter right now. The thing is, stress is inevitable; we all experience it at one point in time or another. However, how we respond to it determines whether stress will make us miserable or if it will propel us forward instead. Stress is something that no one likes but we have to accept it as part of our daily routine. Because of this article, you know that you are not the only one struggling with stress during exam preparation season. The good news is that there are plenty of proven methods out there that can help ease your mind when stress gets too much to handle.
Know the Signs of Stress
When you are feeling stressed, there are many outward signs you can look out for. One thing that you should be on the lookout for when you experience stress is increased blood pressure and heart rate. While this is not a danger to you, it can certainly be an indication that you are feeling overwhelmed. Therefore, knowing these signs of stress can help you understand when you are feeling overwhelmed and, therefore, can help you find a way to better cope with it. Another sign that you are feeling stressed out is that you have less patience than usual. This is especially true if you have a habit of being patient with others or expressing yourself in general. When that happens, you need to reel yourself in and calm down before you say or do something that you regret.
Set Goals and Have a Plan
In order to reduce stress during the exam preparation season, you need to set some goals and devise a plan to achieve them. It might sound straightforward, but many students fail to set goals and put a plan in place. You see, setting goals isn’t about just being positive—you must also be realistic. However, if you set goals that are too lofty and not realistic, you will feel stressed about achieving them. Instead, set goals that are measurable and appropriate for your skill level. Always set short-term goals and set them yourself. Your friends and family should know what you want to achieve ASAP instead of you getting nervous because you feel like you’re not making progress. As for your plan, you need to set deadlines and milestones for your goals. This will help you stay focused and track your progress. This is important because you need to know if you’re making progress or not. You might even want to enlist the help of a friend or teacher or guide to help you track your progress and stay focused.
Simply put, you need to take a break. No matter how well you’re doing, you’re going to hit walls. You might feel like everything is going wrong, but having a break from your preparations can actually help you come up with solutions. After all, when you’re stressed, you might panic and rush into things. However, when you take a break, you can calm down and slow things down again. When you’re in a rush, you don’t have time to think clearly. Instead, you just react to whatever is going on. When you take a break, you have time to refocus your thoughts so you can come up with better solutions and come up with better ways to handle the challenges you face. A break doesn’t just have to be mental; it can also be a physical break.
Eat Right, Mix Up Your Activity and Sleep Schedule
We’ve all heard the advice that you should eat before, during and after the exam preparation, but we rarely follow it. When you are feeling stressed, you might not pay enough attention to what you’re putting in your mouth. Stress can cause you to eat more often and potentially more junk foods than usual. To get your diet under control, you should try to eat more slowly, keep more food in your stomach whenever possible, and drink water before and after meals.
Stress affects us all in some way, shape or form. The only difference is how each person reacts to it. The sooner that you recognize the signs of stress and the sooner that you do something about it, the easier it will be to combat on-the-go. The best thing to do when you experience too much stress is to take a break, go outside, and breathe. If you’re lucky enough to have supportive friends and family, then get them to help you take a break from the pressures of the exam preparation. If you can’t go outside, then you can always turn on some music and try your hand at meditation. You can also try doing what you can do to relieve the stress in other ways. For example, you could try to find a new hobby that helps you relieve stress, take a walk outside, or try to listen to an audiobook.
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