When life is becoming a little too hectic and you’re trying to balance exams, work, revision and a social life is becoming overwhelming,here are some handy tips to help you unwind and relax,
Whether it’s a goal to write 300 words a day or meal plans for the week, to-do lists give you the satisfaction of ticking off one less thing to stress about.
Setting a specific amount of time for a particular task means that there will be more time left to relax, without the cloud of ‘I-should-be-doing-work-but-I’m-watching-Netflix-instead’ looming over you.
You’ll hear it all the time but eating well and getting regular exercise will de-stress your mind and leave you feeling a lot more productive.
We’re not talking a juice-diet combined with 3 hour gym sessions, just little bits here and there – you’ll feel a lot more energetic!
Less coffee + more herbal tea = more sleep + less stress.
Comparing your revision to date with friends is destined to set you up for worry and panic. “I’ve only read over my notes 27 times” isn’t going to help anyone.
Everyone revises at a different pace and with different techniques – if it works for you then you don’t need to think about how everyone else is doing.
To get those much needed hours of sleep, make sure your bed is for resting not working. Being able to wind down is a crucial element of dealing with the pressure of revision and exams.
If you’re not revising, there’s not much point spending your time off thinking and worrying about it. Similarly, if you’re taking a break and catching up with friends – revision is a topic to be avoided.
Don’t underestimate the importance of sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, young adults need on average 7-9 hours sleep EACH NIGHT to function best. So next time you’re on a Netflix binge at 3am, think about what you’d be much better doing!
Gentle exercise is a great way to relax. You don’t have to sign up to a gym – head out for a walk on the Quayside or try some yoga in your room.
If you really need to release some stress, go for a run. This will help clear your mind while you get a good workout. Remember to warm up properly, and don’t push yourself too hard.
Being organised and knowing what you’ve got to cover will save unexpected panic when that topic you HATE pops up 2 days before the exam! Have a go at revision timetabling – sorting what you need to cover into the time you’ve got.