Take Care of Yourself this Exam Season

Only a few more days before the end of the term- that means it’s time to hit the books. As time ticks down, you may be feeling stressed. It’s easy to forget about yourself when you’re trying to remember 3 months’ worth of content. Taking care of yourself is important, check out these tips to keep you in a healthy mindset: 

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  1. Remember to eat breakfast. Don’t get distracted by hunger! Having a good breakfast can prevent the mid-morning grumbles from your stomach. Not only that, but research shows that individuals who have breakfast tend to focus better, remember what they’ve learned and generally do better in academics. Start off your study days right with a nutritious meal!
  1. Don’t skip your sleep. When you’re on a roll, it can be hard to put the books down and get some sleep. Sleep is a vital part of maintaining our physical and mental wellness. Having a good sleep routine can help you retain information better as well. So, make sure you’re not sacrificing sleep for studies!
  1. Take a break. When you focus on something for too long, you may not be doing your best learning. Take a break every 5-10 minutes, walk around, stretch, or have a quick snack.

While you’re taking care of yourself, here are some tips to reduce stress during this time:

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  1. Write down the date, time and place of your exams. While trying to remember everything, small things can slip your mind easily—so save yourself the hassle and write important information down. This will help to make sure you’re not lost on the day of. Make a schedule of all your dates so you can also plan which exams you should study for first.
  1. Prepare the night before. Make sure you have your Watcard and pencil case and anything else you might need the night before. Don’t risk forgetting something when you’re flying out the door to head to your exam.
  1. Limit your post exam analysis. Once you’ve written the exam, you may be tempted to mull over the “maybe’s”. Just remember, you did your best! You can’t change anything now, and you’ve done all you can do, so take a breath and focus on what you’ve done right. 

We believe in you, Warriors! Good luck with your finals. The term is almost over, this is the final push!

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