As examination time approaches, it is but natural to feel the pressure of exams. Do I know enough? What questions will come up? What if I do badly? These questions are constantly revolving in your mind. It is certainly normal to feel anxious but it’s important not to let it get out of control. Exams can make stress levels get out of hand, which can stop you from giving your best.
Symptoms of stress include;
- Difficulty getting to sleep or difficulty waking up in the morning
- Constant tiredness
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Poor appetite
- Loss of interest in activities
- Increased anxiety and irritability
- Increased heart rate
- Blurred vision
Here are ways to manage exam stress:
- Create a realistic study plan: Planning and knowing what to study and revise every day, will let you set priorities. Making a timetable is one of the key factors in dealing with exam stress.
- Be and stay organized: Keeping yourself organized will not lead to unnecessary stress and will give you a more focused outlook.
- Take care of yourself: Get more and better sleep, take scheduled breaks during your study hours and eat right – your brain as well as your body needs fuel. Avoid stimulants like caffeine.
- Ask for help as and when required: May it be academic or emotional, do connect with family, friends or your teachers to get support and perspective.
- Believe in yourself: Be positive, if you prepare for the exams properly there is no reason to worry excessively at all.
The only person who will shape your future is YOU! All the best!!!!