Three ways to alleviate your exam nerves
Deep breathing can help. If you feel overwhelmed at the sheer amount of studying that needs to be done before the exam, stop. Now find a quiet place. Sit up straight. Breath in deeply and count to five, pause for five and now exhale for five. Keep repeating this for two to three minutes. This can calm you down and will help you think clearly. You will now be able to work more effectively.
Even the smallest amount of exercise can boost productivity, confidence and reduce your exam nerves. If you think that you don’t have enough time to exercise because you should be studying – this is flawed thinking. Even a 20 minute walk is the perfect investment to benefit your studies.
Try finding a friend that’s taking exams around the same time and exercise with them. Just ensure you don’t talk about how stressful your exams are, as these conversations can just extrapolate the problem. So cut out the negative talking and make this exercise break a positive experience for you and your friend.
3. Take regular breaks
Studying for 45 minutes then taking a break is a good system to aim for. In your ‘break time’ it’s probably better to get up and go for a walk to get the blood pumping around your body, but do whatever relaxes you. The important thing is to keep your stress levels down between study sessions so it doesn’t all get too much.
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