De-Stress to Ace your Test!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

With final exams just around the corner, most college students are starting to feel the wave of stress and anxiety wash over them. Having too much stress can be a bad thing, while having a little bit of stress can provide you with the motivation and determination to do well on your exams! So, how can you control your stress and keep it to a perfect level for exam taking?

Mind says the best ways to manage your stress for exams are, being organized and plan a timetable. To become organized, make sure you understand what you are learning and being tested on and also figure out how the exam will be laid out so that you can choose the appropriate study method.  To plan a timetable, figure out the amount of time you need to cover each subject you are studying. For example, if you have exams in History, English and Math, separate the day into thirds and determine which subject you would like to study when. Be sure to give yourself leisure time to relax and unwind.

A great way to de-stress is a breathing technique like slowing your breath down when you notice your heart rate picking up. In the middle of your exam or studying, take some time to sit down and listen to yourself breath and feel the air entering your lungs. The key is to bring your heart rate down and start to feel like you are breathing naturally again. Create a relaxation routine. Relax your whole body, starting from your head all the way down to your toes and release any tension in muscles.  Engage in Physical activity! Take 10 minutes out of your studying to go for a jog or a bike ride! This will help you clear your head and get those feel-good endorphins pumping. 

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