It is easy to get so wind up studying to prepare for your exams that you forget to give yourself a rest. This however, has a negative effect by making you stressed, less focused and hence, less productive at the end of the day. So, we made a list of top 5 things that you should do to not let the stress affect you negatively.

1. Sleep Well

Whether you are a night owl, or an early riser, you must get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep everyday regardless of when you sleep. If you happened to pull an all-nighter to complete your syllabus and then had to wake up early, make sure to cover up by taking plenty of hours of sleep as afternoon naps. A good sleep helps you remember what you learned, especially in the days before exams.

2. Eat Properly

The food you eat affects how you feel both emotionally and physically. And even though chips and sweets may be what you crave to snack on while studying, foods with lots of fats or sugars can make you feel heavy or sluggish. Having a good balanced diet, to get our body the fuel and nutrients it needs, makes it a lot easier to manage feelings of stress and anxiety.

3. Exercise

Physical activity, like running and stretching will leave you feeling calm, fresh and energetic for hours. So, don’t be the first to cut your daily walk to make extra time for studying. It is necessary to build exercise into your timetable.

4. Channel your Anxiety

Use some activities or objects that can help you manage your stress by directing your fidgety behaviour into using a stress ball, chewing some gum, sipping on ice water, using fidget toys etc.

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5. Talk to someone

If you find that you are still feeling overly stressed, and there is too much to cope with, talk to someone about what it is that you are stressed about. It can be anyone you trust, whether it is a parent, teacher, counsellor or friend. And  if you don’t feel like talking to anyone about it, simply even writing it all down helps put things in perspective.

Hope these tips help you find a way to manage your stress, and if needed you can talk to a professional to get yourself the help you need. 

And always remember, it’s okay to be scared, it’s okay to be stressed.

The struggle you are in today, is building the strength you need for tomorrow.