The exam period is often stressful and tiring for students, who often spend long days revising, sometimes to the detriment of their health. Here are a few effective tips that should help naturally reduce stress and boost productivity!
1) Move your body to combat exam stress
You won’t combat exam stress by staying cooped up at home or in the library all day every day. During this stressful period, full of worries and doubts, it is very important to relax the mind, by setting aside the time for physical activity out in the fresh air, ideally somewhere in nature.
It has been proven that going for walks in nature boosts productivity, creativity and health, as it helps get rid of stress.
What’s more, physical activity releases endorphins, the famous happy hormones which fight stress. According to recent studies, physical exercise also improves concentration.
Don’t skimp on your sports breaks!
2) Eat healthily…
It seems obvious that a balanced diet, especially during study periods, is extremely important, firstly to promote concentration while revising and during the exams, and secondly simply to remain in good health.
Try to eat the following types of foods, ideally organic:
- iron rich foods
- complex carbohydrates (e.g., sweet potatoes)
- foods containing omega 3 (e.g., cod, salmon, etc.) which improve brain functioning.
It has been shown that hydrating well by drinking enough water improves students’ exam results. On the contrary, energy drinks have a negative effect on concentration and health in general, due to their high sugar content.
By taking regular 10 to 15 minute relaxation breaks, you can avoid overloading your brain and having a complete meltdown! The brain will be better able to concentrate and better able to organise and retain information.
The ideal is to take a break every 45 to 60 minutes, and to make the most of it by reading, relaxing or going for a walk.
5) Get good quality sleep
There is no point in staying up revising until 4 in the morning just before the exam, and numerous studies have shown that students who get good quality sleep end up with the best exam results. In fact, good quality sleep boosts memory and concentration.
6) Try meditation or other alternative medicines
There are several types of meditation, which consist of simply focusing on yourself and on nature, without allowing the mind or body to interfere, by simply observing your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations as they occur. The goal is to be mindful in order to achieve happiness and internal harmony. Kundalini yoga exercises are also effective because they work on breathing and concentration.
Be aware that there are over 20 alternative and natural medicines that could effectively help you fight exam stress and perform better, by promoting concentration and good quality sleep.