November is the month of exams worldwide (sometimes December as well) and the global level of stress has probably increased these few weeks. While it’s theoretically easy to de-stress with a much-needed massage or spa, most of us cannot afford the luxury — and all this expenditure may probably even give us more stress. I’ve got some tips of my own for those fighting the examination battle out there, some affordable and simple ways to keep your moods in check!
1. Do not do anything that will cause you guilt or regret.
I can assure you that a person who abandons all his studies during this time is going to feel worse than somebody who is industriously studying. What is worse than even that is not studying when you intended to, which makes you feel terrible about yourself and decreases your faith in your abilities during exam time. Sometimes putting in the extra work really makes you feel great and accomplished at the end of the day. On the other hand, also avoid making goals that are hard to meet. If you fail in meeting them, you’ll also feel bad about yourself. Give yourself time to rest and do other reasonable things, and when you meet your own goals, you’ll feel that you’re on track and this spurs you on to do more!
At the same time, keep watch on other things. Now is not the right time to pig out or eat rich food because those addle with your emotions too. Eat light and sleep well and basically just make yourself feel great.
2. Have an incentive that comes with studying, not after studying.
A lot of the time you coerce yourself to study by promising a reward at the end of it, such as going on the computer for 2 hours for every 3 hours of studying, or after every 3 topics. This is often not very useful because you end up distracting yourself with the reward and thinking more about it than the revision at hand. The best way to encourage yourself to study is to enjoy it, so ideally the reward should come during the process of studying, such as perhaps doing it in a pleasant place, or with a cup of steaming coffee. Or hug your favourite stuffed toy as you write your notes, then put your stuffed toy away at the end of it. I’m assuming that by this stage of your education, you should probably enjoy some parts of what you study, so do focus on the gratifying feeling of knowledge, and not the worldly reinforcements like food or entertainment.
3. Seek support!
Many people love study groups because they motivate each other to work hard, and are also a good place to share what you have learnt and discuss questions that you may have. There is a myriad of disadvantages in study groups, and not many people are willing to work with people who are not close friends. If you do not have a study group ready, that’s okay, but do seek support from your loved ones anyway. Telling them about your study motivations and also some of what you’ve learnt can help you to stay on course and also rehearse what you know. Talking can alleviate the loneliness of studying, and with people telling you to Gambatte, you wouldn’t want to let them down, would you? If you ever need to unwind, you can feel free to talk to me too, and we can exchange grumbles together, or ask each other intelligent questions about lessons. I am always open to social interactions.
I believe the internet has a wealth of information about food that fight stress. I’ve never tried any of them personally, but they may work for you. I think rest and relaxation is also a good way, no matter how hard it may seem to relax at a point of time like this. But it’ll all be over once again, as it has for so many years. Just run the last stretch now!