Exam season is one of the most stressful times of the year. But remember your mental health is more important than high grades. Sometimes, if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, it’s a good idea to take a step back and relax before you hit the books so we’ve put together our top 7 ways to de-stress in time for exam season.

  1. Take a break

    The best way to stop stressing about studying it to simply take a break. Not forever, of course, but it won’t hurt to give yourself a short break every once in a while. Put down the books, cuddle up in front of your favourite Netflix show, grab a coffee with friends, maybe even get something to eat. Distracting yourself from all your worries will help ease your stress, even if it’s just for a little while.

  2. Be healthy

    Maybe skip the giant cup of coffee or those cheap energy drinks that will guarantee you’ll not sleep a wink. Try something healthy and your body might just thank you. Keep hydrated, drink lots of water, a minimum of 2 litres a day and snack on fruit instead of stress-eating on sweets. Maybe instead of powering through a tub of Ben & Jerries, stick it in a blender, add a banana and hey presto you have yourself a smoothie. Not only will you feel better, but it’ll be a welcome distraction from work.

  3. Yoga

    Yoga is a great way to de-stress and calm down when studying is getting too much. Go somewhere quiet, pull out a mat and give it a go. You don’t need to attend a class, it is as simple as finding a great instructor on YouTube. Just remember to take it easy.

  4. Exercise

    Exercise is a great way to get rid of exam stress. Hit the gym, go to a yoga class, try a jog around the neighbourhood? It’s the closest thing you can get to running away from your uni problems.

  5. Self-care

    If the stress is getting too much, then take some time out and do something for yourself. This can be as simple as running a long bubble bath or putting on a face mask. Doing your nails or blowing off some steam playing a video game. The opportunities are endless and remember that it’s okay to dedicate some self-care space in your revision schedule. You don’t want to risk burning yourself out.

  6. Nap

    There is no better feeling than hitting the snooze button. Whenever you are feeling overwhelmed it’s a good idea to get cosy under the covers and take a power nap. If you’ve been having a cramming marathon, then you’re bound to be exhausted. Listen to your body, as you’re not going to learn anything more anyway if you’re burnt out. When you awake, make yourself a nice snack and start back in at the books, feeling more awake and refreshed than ever.

  7. Go have some fun

    If you’re getting down in the dumps with all the stress of exam season then do something that cheers you up. This can be practising self-care or going out for a dance with friends. It can be something as simple as hanging out and watching a movie with the girls or grabbing pizza with a friend.

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