Let's face it, the stress and pressure cannot be avoided, but the way you deal with it can make all the difference. The aim is to deal with stress.
It's often said that exercise reduces stress and it is 100% true. An active lifestyle is a powerful way to manage stress throughout our lives, but if you're not an active person or don't partake in any exercise then don't count yourself out. Exercise also increases alertness, clarity of thought and the happy chemicals in our bodies. Any exercise is good exercise even if it's only 20 minutes of your time. Take a moment to do something that is not over strenuous but refreshing and be sure to get out, get away from it all. Here are some examples and doing even just one of any of the following will amaze you.
Okay, it's a bit of a clich√© but it works! Find a quite park with lots of trees, shade, birds and super green grass. You'll be amazed at how a peaceful environment produces a feeling of calmness. This is an opportunity to recover from stress but without sacrificing your study time.
If there is no park close by try to find a spot that will put you in touch with nature. Stay away from city buzz, noise and cars etc.
Sleep sustains the brain by helping it refuel for the next day. This is highly important for memory and stress tolerance because a tired brain will snap under even the slightest pressure. So get sleep, deep healthy sleep.
If you are battling to fall asleep to begin with then maybe you're trying too hard. Relax, take some valerian root and magnesium at night and then some vitamin B during the day. They say celery can act as a sedative, so try that too, in pill form. We are not health professionals, but read the back of these bottles and see for yourself.
Sleep also works well with exercise, if you're active during the day you'll have a good sleep. Remember that both, exercise and sleep help improve mental function, memory and alertness, what a double dose!
Don't leave things till the last minute, ever! This is energy suicide and a common mistake, it's not really a method used to cope with stress but rather to prevent unnecessary and additional stress. Form a healthy study habit before every exam and you'll discover how easy it is to be prepared.
Another advantage is that it will help develop self-confidence and gain a healthy attitude toward the exam. Perhaps even to the point that you look forward to it. You'll be able to focus on one task at a time, which can't be done when everything is due at the last minute.
Get your priorities straight, there is a time for everything and this is your one chance to do exceptionally well in an exam. So prepare for it even if it means a bit of sacrifice.
Laughter is the best medicine and it heals the soul. Watch a funny movie, call a friend and crack some jokes or watch some stand-up comedy. Think about a few really funny memories that you'll never forget and share them with someone.
People that laugh a lot really do seem to cope better with stress and pressure, when the going gets tough sometimes the only thing you can do is just laugh. Getting angry or uptight certainly makes matters worse, so take a step back, smile and belt out those laughs. Even if it's fake, you'll probably laugh at yourself trying to laugh.
Pets are a great way to get that smile going, talk to your dog, cat or bird and you'll feel good in no time. Almost everyone loves their pets and that's because they are amazing companions and can be great listeners.