So here we are in December already. First thing most people think of when they think of December is probably Christmas.. Food, gifts, family, getting cosy in front of the TV with a hot chocolate maybe? For most students though deadline and exam season comes first and having a double shot flat white in front of an essay due the next day doesn’t exactly say ho ho ho. But exam season doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom.
While a bit of stress can be good to get you motivated for long days of studying and keep you focused, it shouldn’t keep you up at night! It’s all about being organised and managing your time – and stress – well. Sometimes you’ve got to step back and look at the bigger picture.
One of the best ways to stay chill during exam time and keep your mind in top shape is to keep your body in shape. Exercise is obviously a good way to keep the Christmas calories at bay but is also a fantastic way to reduce stress and keep your mind sharp as a Christmas pine. Listening to music and hitting the gym, pool or going a run is great to clear your head and give a focus on something other than reports, grades and deadlines. Exercise is also proven to cause the body to release endorphins, making you feel less stressed and more happy – nice and jolly in time for Santa.
Maintaining a healthy diet is also one of the best ways to keep your body healthy, an when your body is healthy your brain is too. It’s important to make sure you keep your energy levels up (with more than just caffeine) as well as eating all the right food.
Getting the right amount of rest is just as important as staying active and eating well. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep at night can make a huge difference to how you feel during the day. Even if you don’t feel particularly tired, your body still needs that sleeping time to clear away toxins in your body and brain to leave you feeling refreshed. As if you didn’t love sleep enough.
I suppose part of the problem is finding the time for daily exercise and meal prep, especially when it feels like you have a million other things to be doing, especially around exam season and when you’re trying to get all your Christmas shopping. But trying to stick to a routine can make things run a lot more smoothly and keep you at your best.
Good luck to all those with exams!