HOW TO TACKLE STRESS BEFORE EXAMS
Avoiding stress when the exams are just around the corner seems like an impossible feat to accomplish; after all, you have been preparing for this exam tirelessly for such a long time. Now that it’s time to take the exams being stressed is the first response our brain goes into and it is somewhat the most natural feeling experienced by all students.
Even though stress and panic are an unavoidable situation during important exams the important thing to be aware of is the way we perceive these stress and panic signals. If the feelings are negative like:” I am not prepared”; “I feel stressed out”; “I can’t handle the pressure”; “I won’t succeed”, our body responds to these emotions in an unhealthy way, leading us to think about excuses about bad performance or low results even though we have not yet appeared for the exam. This scenario in turn actually adversely affects our performance even if we were better prepared at that time.
In a different scenario, if we see these signals in a positive manner like: “this is a challenge I can beat”; “this is the stepping stone towards my future”; “I am ready to tackle this important challenge”; “I have worked hard for this, I am prepared to do this” our body’s response is healthy and we are moulding our stress towards motivation which also boosts our performance. Adapting to our situations and feelings according to our environment builds a strong personality ready to tackle problems with a rational mind.
During stress take some time to think through the situation that is causing you stress. Is it that you are not prepared that is causing all the negative emotions or you are well prepared but lack confidence which is causing the trouble. You should know that even the brightest of mind don’t know what will happen next. So instead of worrying about things, you can’t accomplish focus on working to your full potential and relax.
Obstructive ways of thinking will never garner true knowledge. Anytime you experience stress or feel low, talking to friends and family can make a huge difference. Cultivate healthy relationships with people around you on whom you can count on in low phases of your life. These people play an important part in preparing you to deal with stress and negativity. Plus, many of these people may have gone through a similar experience in life and can not only support you but can also suggest strategies to tackle the challenges you’re facing.
It’s okay to feel angry or upset once in a while when you are going through stressful times but you should understand that not every situation is the end of the world. See it through another man’s perspective if this situation was happening to someone else, what you would suggest to them. See the situation differently shows you a clear picture of the problem. Mobilize your energy towards the challenge. Instead of experiencing the problem think of ways for solving it.
It is obvious that a well-balanced diet makes you mentally and physically stronger. It is the source of energy for your brain and body. You cannot win without a strong mind and body. Eat fresh and nutritious food and avoid foods that are high in fat, sugar or highly processed. These foods make you lethargic and create unwanted health problems which lead to disturbance in your studies. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids and water.
If you feel too pressured go for a short walk or jog, fresh air will clear your mind and perk you up. Do activities that help you relax and try to be active. Exercising or meditating is one of the quickest and most effective ways to de-stress and also helps you sleep well. A rested body and mind feel less stressed out in pressured scenarios. A good night’s sleep is necessary for maintaining optimal mental and physical health. Binge studying a few days before exams are less effective than reviewing key points with a fresh mind.
You will come across numerous stressful situations in all the walks of your life every now and then. Instead of letting it ruin your chance practice resilience until it becomes a habit of yours. Once you have mastered the technique of flexible thinking, you can apply it in situations anytime you experience stressful situations and emerge victoriously.
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