Tips on how to cope with exam stress

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These are some of my tips mostly aimed at university and college students, that I’ve found helpful to cope with stress in the build-up to exams.

  • Stop flapping! Keep breathing! Slow, gentle, abdominal deep breaths.

 

  • Try to get some good quality sleep. Quality better than quantity!
  • PACE your activities to your energy levels, especially if like me, you struggle with chronic fatigue or chronic pain conditions e.g CFS /ME or Fibromyalgia RNHRD Energy Management
  • Go outside for a walk (or in your wheelchair/mobility scooter) in the countryside. Get some fresh air it changes your perspective.

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  • Eat well: healthy breakfasts, more protein less carbs e.g. Fish, eggs, chicken,Green leafy vegetables.
  • Drink plenty of water or decaffeinated drinks.  If you don’t like plain water try this   Summit Aqua Infuser51wVEG7fPxL

 

  • One hour per day of focused revision only! Follow up with half an hour later in the day to review your revision notes.The Guardian Revision Tips.
  • Take time out to relax, to have fun, to forget about what you’re revising, to allow what you’ve studied to be unconsciously processed.
  • Mixed memory aides methods: Post-it notes, Index cards, Mindmaps, audio notes, whatever floats your boat!
  • Good music to support your studies or to relax to try the OU Playlist free on Spotify
  • Reward  yourself with small treats. image

 

 

 

  • Plan a big one for post exam!

 

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