Exams can be very daunting and stressful at times. At the University, I have experienced my fair share of these exams. These exams can be lengthy, depending on your course. During the exam period you’ll hopefully be revising most of the time and you are probably feeling stressed and panicking but, fear not, as I have found some ways that have helped me and may also help you to de-stress during this period and help you feel more at ease.
Rest, a natural way in which your body and mind can relax. Don’t forget to give your body and mind a rest with a nap. During my exam period, I’d give myself nap times to keep my brain refreshed. Putting too much stress in your body and mind can affect your information intake as the mind is not given sufficient rest. Make sure to catch some z’s preferably around 30 minutes nap as longer than this may cause you to have a deep sleep.
In between your studying sessions, you may want to consider quiet breaks where you take some time to experience the natural peaceful atmosphere of the outdoors. Whilst studying at the University of Worcester, I found myself calmed by the vast amounts of beautiful sceneries that Worcester has. During the exam period, walking around the river, listening to wildlife and people made my mind clearer and calmer. Just enjoying the fresh air and scenery is one of the best ways to give yourself a mental rest.
Having a creative rest may decrease your stress levels. This could be listening to your favourite music, reading books from the Hive, going to an art gallery such as the Art House, creative writing, mindful colouring books and more. During the exam period I found myself doing these small creative rests now and then. It took my mind of the work during my breaks and made me feel more relaxed. My go-to method for de-stressing is to listen to music.
Spend time with people you feel comfortable and safe with. Sometimes taking a break with people you trust is one of the best ways to de-stress. This could be your family, friends or significant other. Having someone that can help you get away with the topic of exams for a short while would help you feel more at ease. This could be a short hangout session or going to an event or even just a nice catch up or walk around Worcester.
Explore. Be one with nature, as cheesy as that sounds. Going outside, hiking and spending time away from screens can help you feel more relaxed. Practice mindfulness and observe the environment around you. Think of the five senses and how the environment you have ventured across has made you feel.
It may sound odd but, this has helped me to de-stress on many occasions. One of my favourites is when I used this method while hiking in the Malvern Hills situated only a couple of minutes by train from Worcester.
There are many ways to de-stress. Everyone is different and some methods may work for some and may not work for others. Hopefully, you’ll be able to find a way for you to de-stress. I wish anyone who is partaking in the exam-period all the best.