Put into Practice Now – 8 Practices to De-Stress for Exams
Make a study schedule NOW! Write it out, draw it, color it, mind map it, keep it visible). Include:
Decide your most ideal study spot and times
Hydrate- lessen or eliminate sugar drinks, caffeine and alcohol: Gatorade, energy drinks, teas, sodas included.
Breathe - practice daily “4-7-8” deep breathing. Use breathing apps. “Square breathing”. Only takes ten minutes to engage your diaphragm and activate the calm part of your nervous system. Helps with many body functions.
Nourish - eat nutrient and vitamin rich foods (B, C, iron and Magnesium). Adrenal glands lose these when you experience stress. Magnesium helps in the production of serotonin during the day.
Self-care – attend to how often and how much you move your body. A short walk, jumping jacks, push-ups will suffice if you can’t fit in a work-out. Engage in a fun activity – frisbee, basketball, a class. Take an extra shower a day during study week. Brush your teeth an extra time a day. Get a haircut. Use lotion. Take advantage of on-campus supplied exam stress-reducing activities (massages, pet therapy, special foods, special activities)
Sleep health- intentionally focus on sleep quantity and quality.
Fill your brain with these mantras:
“I am right where I need to be. With this comes tough times. I am tough enough and will be just fine.”
“I am on a journey and will embrace the mountains, the valleys and the peaks.”
“Exams are not only one part of college. Even though I feel stressed, in a few days this will be over.”
“I am thankful every day for the opportunity to go to college. In four years, I will have grown exponentially and will contribute to society in ways I never imagined.”