As a teacher who has also been a student for a long time, I recommend different techniques that are realistic and effective in dealing with the stress of exams in the most healthy and sustainable way possible.
While crucial in the life of students, we can’t forget the anxiety that exam season can generate; just how are we going to absorb all that information quickly enough?
From meditation to time management, it is important to know how to best prepare yourself to deal with stress at this time and achieve stability and cohesiveness in our daily actions. To get started, here is an initial approach to the whole article I wrote in Eco-Age.com site. Go ahead to the end of the page to check it out!
Time Management We tend to leave everything to the last minute, meaning knowledge is not absorbed properly and is set to be forgotten in the near future. It seems like a cliché, but when professors recommend students to study a little bit every day, it is for a specific reason.
Make Your Big Inventory This simple trick helps us to categorize the tasks at hand according to their level of importance and urgency. All you need to do is create a table divided into the following categories: urgent, important, not urgent and not important.
Try the Pomodoro Method Following the work of the author Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro Technique is one of the most used and most effective ways to perform tasks and focus on them. It is used to avoid distraction and increase the work performance, as well as it give you a boost of personal satisfaction when you realize all the tasks that you were able to do. Start by dividing your tasks in 25-minute slots - these are known as Pomodori.
The right food at the right time There’s a lot to be said about having a healthy meal, and in stressful times a plate of seasonal goodness can give your brain a real boost. There is an undeniable relationship between food and mental health.
Surround yourself by Nature There’s truth in the term ‘plant power;’ studies have actually shown that plants can increase positive energy, improve mood and reduce the risk of stress-related depression. They are also thought to help people focus better at work and carry out the tasks at hand with more precision.
Incorporate Meditation and Exercise
Meditating is essential in order to cope with stress. There are many forms of meditation, and each person can use a different one. While I don’t consider myself a great meditator by any means, it is true that within a week of doing this daily exercise I felt a reduction in my stress levels.
Get into Gardening
Green fingers are good for the mind, and gardening is one activity that is known to have many therapeutic effects. Spending some time cultivating plants allows you to decrease your stress level by channelling frustration and anxiety.
Step Up Your Sleep
And last but not least, sleep well! Have a regular pattern of sleep and try to get at least eight hours of sleep per day during the exam period.
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