It is very easy to fall into unhealthy habits during exam season. The need to be sufficiently prepared for exams often leads to students losing sight of their physical and mental wellbeing. Tempting as it may be to spend every waking hour studying, however, such an approach is ultimately counterproductive, leaving you exhausted and unable to perform to the best of your ability. We've shared some of our top tips to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle while studying.
Maintaining a healthy diet can make a big difference to your overall wellbeing during exams. While caffeine, sugary drinks and snacks can give your brain a short-term boost, this kind of diet will, over time, begin to take its toll, negatively affecting both your well being and ability to study. Here are a few simple pointers on eating healthily during exams:
Contrary to what some people think, working into the early hours the night before an exam is never a good idea. A good night’s sleep is vital for your brain to consolidate information and work at its best! As such, try to practice good sleep hygiene during exams. In particular, keep to a regular bed time, one that allows you to have eight hours sleep. Doing so will boost memory recall and your ability to concentrate. Here are some tips to ensure you are suitably rested before your exams:
Nobody can work all day, every day. As important as exam preparation undoubtedly is, it is vital you do not cut all enjoyment from your life! Setting aside some time during revision for activities you enjoy will help you to recharge your batteries. So schedule free time into your timetable and make sure you protect it. There are also various relaxation techniques you may wish to consider practicing, particularly if you find yourself feeling anxious or stressed. These include:
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