Exam stress

Exams are a common source of stress for many students and can prevent them from performing at their best so it’s important to be aware of how to tackle it head on.

1.Eating  Right is important. It’s mostly true that we are what we eat. Students must have plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables on a daily basis and make sure they have a good breakfast every day. Consumption of iron rich foods helps prevent anaemia which is known to reduce memory power and the ability to concentrate.

2.. Exercise is a great way to relieve tension as it releases endorphins, which are 'feel-good' neurotransmitters that are released in the brain. Regular exercise is a great  way to keep the body and mind fit and active.

3.Yoga can help too. Deep breathing, Pranayama, meditation, visualisation, all help to relax the mind.

4.Getting adequate Sleep is vital. Lack of sleep can lead to a  tired body and a tired brain leading to lack of energy and poor concentration.

5.Nature is soothing for anyone suffering from stress. Natural settings help to clear our mind and encourage  us  to relax. Students  can allott time in their daily routine to enjoy and appreciate nature. Even a five-minute walk around  a local park, breathing in fresh air helps in improving mental wellbeing.

6.Students should start studying well before the exam and make sure their schedule provides for sufficient revision time.  If practice tests are available online or in the market, they can be used. Many questions are similar to practice material.

7.Students must keep reminding themselves that their hard work will not go  waste. They can also visualize the happiness on their face when the stressful period is over. This helps to reduce stress too.

8.Students must keep in mind the fact that most questions are of average difficulty and designed to be answered correctly by most students, hence getting  tense about the question papers is not required.

9. If feasible, a classmate who is an expert in a subject the students themselves have a difficulty with can help them with tough questions.

10.It is important to also keep in mind that the marks obtained in the exams are not the only definitive measure of the true ability of a person. Success in life is dependent on many factors and marks are only one of  them.