Published: 18th February 2019
Take a chill pill: Here are a few tips to help you deal with exam stress
According to several Ayurvedic texts and modern research, Brahmi helps boost memory, intelligence and enhances alertness
It’s that time of the year again. Both students and their parents might be freaked out and feel the ‘exam pressure’ piling up. Students are under pressure to do their best, however, doing so would require a balanced approach to health, in addition to being consistent in their studies. Here are a few tips to help you deal with exam stress.
Remember to eat a well-balanced diet
It’s always extremely tempting to have study snacks such as chips and chocolate to see you through the stress of exams. But if you need help concentrating, it is extremely important that you focus on nutritional meals throughout the day and binge on healthy snacks that you can find. Overloading on sugar and/or salt will only leave you feeling flat, so you must not resort to those. It’s also necessary to make sure you eat a decent and fulfilling meal right before your exam. Since you need all your senses to be alert during this process, it is important to make sure you provide your body with the essential sources of energy that it requires. Keep in mind that simply preparing yourself mentally is not going to help you successfully ace the exams.
Avoid excess caffeine
Many students fall into the trap of turning to coffee or energy drinks to help them stay awake through the night to study. You may think that it will help you study into the night — or pep you up for an exam — but it won’t. It is more likely that you’ll ‘crash’ before you’ve had the time to prep yourself for the next day. It is always best to keep your energy levels active through intellectual stimulation rather than any artificial or harmful substances that may end up making you even more tired in the long run.
Take appropriate amounts of herbs in your daily diet
According to several Ayurvedic texts and modern research, Brahmi helps boost memory, intelligence and enhances alertness. It is also a potent mental tonic that calms the mind and helps with memory retention. Adding them to your diet could ensure that you are at the top of your game. Taking this herb regularly has been known to improve certain brain chemicals that will improve mental agility, thus helping students achieve their goals.
Water is definitely your best friend before the exam
How do you feel when you are thirsty? You are irritable, confused and can’t concentrate, right? Now, we’re sure this isn’t how you’d like to feel when you’re preparing for your exams. Hence, it is important to stay hydrated. Ideally, drinking 2–3 litres of water a day is recommended. Coconut water, buttermilk, milky drinks and teas will also help in providing nutrients. The most important idea to keep in mind is that your body needs to be hydrated in order to excel.
Getting adequate sleep is a must
While preparing for exams, one of the body’s most important needs is sometimes foregone — sleep. Students preparing for their exams should get at least 6 - 8 hours of sleep every night to maintain good mental and physical health. Numerous studies have found that students who get adequate sleep usually get better grades. An adequate amount of sleep will help students be more receptive to information and retain it for a longer period of time. A common mistake that many students make on exam nights is to overstress themselves by unnecessarily pushing themselves by burning the midnight oil. It is always a better idea to revise in the mornings instead when you would have a clearer head and a well-rested body that is ready to take on the day.