Students: Don’t Stress
Sometimes at university you find yourself working and revising until all hours, and it gets to the point where you have revised so much you have forgotten to sleep, eat and rest.
Come on students, what are you thinking? Though it is important to revise and work hard, your health comes first.
This all stems from when I became really ill during Christmas, I was stressing about January exams and as a result of that I forgot to look after myself and contracted a nasty virus.
So here are my tips for all you students out there on how to make sure you stay fit and healthy during a important time at school or university.
Not alcohol (although the odd GnT is perfectly acceptable if you are trying to wind down after writing an 2000 word essay), but water. Water is the most important liquid to drink whilst revising or doing strenuous work. Water will keep you refreshed and hydrated throughout the day. If, like me, you are fussy when it comes to the taste of water I recommend using the Bobble Bottle. This bottle has a filter which improves the taste of your tap water.
Eat, eat, eat. The amount of times I have seen my fellow students not eating before an exam because they are too nervous is crazy. Eating some brain food before an exam is the best thing for your grey matter. Forget the crisps and chocolate bar that you bought from the shop, make yourself a healthy packed lunch and add some vitamins and minerals. Fruit and vegetables will give you a boost of energy when you are revising and writing that assignment.
3. Take a chill pill
Although you need to work hard and make sure you are fully prepared for the exam, you need to also spend time taking breaks. It will give your brain a rest and a chance to reflect and catch up on all that knowledge you have taken in. Read that chapter on media law, highlight to your heart’s content and then close that book and go for a walk or listen to some music. Whatever you do, make sure it isn’t work related and don’t worry if you are still relaxing and your mates are working hard. At the end of the day, you are more likely to retain all that revision in your noggin.
Make sure before an exam or during revision you don’t stay up too late. You need time to refresh yourself and wind down. During deadlines and exams I stay up till 10 or 11pm then go straight to bed as us students need at least 8 hours of sleep to get ourselves prepared for the next day ahead. Walking into uni for an exam looking like a zombie with bags under your eyes is not a good look.
5. Don’t Stress
Easier said than done, but it is very important to try not to stress about an exam. It is the worst thing you can do. Getting wound up over a paper will not do you any favours and it will not make it easier, that’s for sure.
Try listening to a relaxing playlist on the way to uni to calm your mood and ready to face the paper.