As a person who suffers from anxiety and stress headaches, exam season isn’t my favourite time of the year. I mainly suffer from excess adrenalin so I basically become the most annoying person in the world. I am either complaining of a headache or my leg is bouncing controllably up and down.
The night before my first exam, I was curled up on the couch trying to read my notes but I couldn’t because my leg was shaking so much that it was impossible to actually read. I had to move to my desk.
Here are a few suggestions that help me during the exam period to prevent me from becoming too anxious and overwhelmed:
It’s okay if you sleep in. If you’re anything like me then when you were actually going to classes, you slept in at least once a week (not including the weekend). So don’t worry about it, spend the day in your pyjamas studying instead of at the library.
Lets contradict myself for number two, go to the library. Don’t spend every day in your flat, go for a shower, get dressed (but not the t-shirt you have been wearing the last five days), and brush your hair. It’s good to have a change of scenery.
Make a plan. You don’t have to plan out your entire studying period, but it’s nice to make a list of what you want to achieve that day. Then at the end of the day you know you actually did some work and don’t have to stress that you wasted a day.
Start and end your day with something fun. I like to watch a TV program or YouTube video before I start studying. It’s a great way to make you feel happy. I recommend a comedy to start the day. I also like knowing that I’m not just diving straight into the books and just starting the day slowly.
Finally, life does not begin and end with exams. They are society’s way of justifying that a professor has crammed enough knowledge in to your brain than actually being able to apply this knowledge and complete tasks in a real world environment.
I hope these tips help you during this trying time. And good luck 🙂
Leave a comment below of any tips you have.