Exec Blog: Dealing with Exam Stress

Wednesday 17-04-2019 - 13:53

Hi there, Niall again!

Hope you are having a lovely Easter break with the necessary chocolate to sustain your studying (even if, like me, you don’t celebrate Easter).

Exams can be a stressful time, whether you are in your first year or your last, it's important to remember that you are not alone in potentially finding this time quite stressful.
Here are some tips that I found quite useful when going through a stressful exam period:
Take regular, structured breaks
This seems obvious but it’s easy to get into the mindset of “must study more, can’t take a break” and before you know it you’re watching Netflix and feeling guilty. Structured breaks give your revision direction and focus while also setting time aside to relax. Taking a break and returning to re-read information makes it easier to absorb.
Maintain a reasonably healthy diet
Feeding into my previous point (see what I did there). Do not fall into a dangerous relationship with food wherein you know all the Deliveroo drivers names. Your immune system has enough to cope with. Show it some love!
Drink plenty of fluids
It’s an obvious one but it’s so easy to forget. Being hydrated helps your body run smoothly and fends off those horrible headaches you get from studying.
Don’t be afraid to reach out for support
The Students’ Union and Student Services are committed to ensuring every student feels supported throughout your time at USW and are constantly putting measures in place to offer more support.

There are plenty of resources available on the university website about where to access support if you need it, or if you believe a friend may be in need.

I’d encourage you all to take a short break and complete this free suicide awareness training. It’s so important that we break down the taboo around this subject by talking about it and educating ourselves.

Finally, we’re organising a bunch of Pop Your Stress activities and events in May to help you relax and de-stress, keep your eye out for more information on those soon.

Be kind to yourselves, and if you need help with anything, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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