Most of us suffer from anxiety around exam time. It’s normal. The anxiety can cause sleepless nights, irritability, stomach butterflies, and poor appetite. So, how would you cope up with the pressure? Becoming aware of what causes your anxiety will help to reduce your stress. (Also read: 5 Ways To Instantly Reduce Your Anxiety)
Your anxiety may be linked to being poorly prepared, you had a bad experience in a previous exam, you are a perfectionist and want to get nothing less than ‘A’ grade. The key to reducing anxiety is to make an early start with your revision. Here are some more tips:
1. Plan your revision: Revision is about seeing something again and refreshing your knowledge. Remember, it is not about new work. Consult your tutors who will be able to identify core study materials. Following are some tips that help you plan your revision:
a. Set aside plenty of time for revision.
b. Be active and restructure your notes.
c. Check your notes, essays and reports and focus on essential materials.
d. Plan answer outlines.
e. Rehearse questions you might expect in your exams.
f. Seek guidance from tutors if you don’t understand something.
2. Take proper breaks: Studying continuously will wreck you long before the actual exam, so take breaks in between. Find time for yourself and indulge in activates that you like the most. Divide the day into three periods of 150 minutes each and revise for two of them. When you are not revising, get well away from your study table.
3. Discuss your problems and queries with your family and friends: You need to get the support of your friends and family members to cope with the pressure. So, discuss all issues with them. (Also read: Listen To Your Body: This Is How Anxiety Is Different From Panic Attacks)
4. Exercise and meditate: Avoid any substances that promise limitless energy. Exercise regularly and it can be done in any form for example swimming, jogging, walking or hiking. Go for yoga, meditation or techniques that relax the mind and body.
5. Eat little and often: Prefer good quality food, e.g. wholemeal bread, pasta, nuts, fruit and lots of vegetables over junk food. Go for quality drinks, e.g. plenty of water and real fruit juice. Eat something, even if you feel sick. Bread, crackers or cereals are good tummy settlers.
6. Beat the negative thoughts: Try using humor to beat the negative thoughts coming in your mind. Watch a good movie, read a comic or magazine, or remember your favourite jokes to divert your mind.