Your exams are coming up and you're feeling overwhelmed and moody? You have lost interest in your hobbies? Well, it's probably because of exam stress.
I. What are the symptoms of exam stress?
- Feeling sad all the time;
- Uncontrolled feelings of fear;
- Lack of motivation to do anything;
- You can't relax because you feel guilty that you are not working;
- A fast heartbeat, headaches, tense muscles, sweating;
- Loss of appetite or overeating;
- Sleep disorders.
II. Why do you experience exam stress?
- You don't feel prepared;
- You don't have enough time to prepare yourself;
- You feel pressure from your family and teachers;
- Fear of disappointing others;
- Persistent fear of failing.
III. How to deal with exam stress?
1. Focus on your goals
First, reflect on what you want and try your best to reach your goals. Then you should remove distractions that are not related to your target. This is the first step and probably the most important one.
If you want to know more about how to stay focused on your goals, this article may help you:
2. Create a daily schedule and follow it
Even if you don't typically thrive on a strict schedule, having a routine is helpful in times of stress. You should develop your daily routine and follow it. Following a program can improve your organizational skills and productivity. Also, you will stay motivated until the end!
If you need some tips about how to create your daily schedule, you may find helpful this article:
3. Make learning more fun and interesting
Don't learn your lesson word-by-word. Try to understand the information and then structure it with graphics and charts, using different fonts and colors. You should have a clean and quiet space to work, with ready access to any materials you need.
You can also incorporate games into your learning process. There are thousands of free educational games online that can help you to make your lessons more engaging.
4. Don't forget to focus on yourself
It can be easy to just focus on exams during exam season, which does make sense, but it is important to put your health before everything else. Focus on yourself. Take regular short breaks. Give yourself mini rewards once you achieve your study goals. Sleep enough time. Try to avoid unhealthy food. Eat healthy (fruits, vegetables, cereals, nuts, and protein are all good for the brain and energy levels). Don't forget to do things that make you happy. Listen to your favorite music, watch a good film or take a walk in nature.
5. Talk about your feelings with someone
If you're feeling really worried or anxious, talk with a person that you can trust - whether it is a family member, a teacher, or a friend. Sometimes talking about things with the right person can make you feel much better.
I hope that I have helped you! Remember: You can do anything you want as long as you believe in yourself and work hard! :)
Articol redactat de Grigore Alice.
Editat de Botescu Ioana.
Ilustrație realizată de Rădulescu Bianca.