Exam season is fast approaching for University students, it is a period of time where students often feel stressed, anxious and a little overwhelmed. It is ok to feel like this! Not to mention all the distractions we have in this digitally-connected world that make it easier to lose focus and escape from stressful scenarios.
Stress cannot be eradicated completely, but it can be alleviated by recognising how to make it more manageable.
We have outlined some techniques for managing stress and avoiding burn-out, so you can get the best study session out of yourself and ensure you are protecting your mental well-being.
Create a schedule
- Deconstruct your revision list and make a schedule/list for what you want to prioritise, what goals you want to hit and a timeframe for revision. Organization is a key factor in splitting up your workload and being realistic about what it is you are going to achieve.
Adding breaks into your study sessions
- It is important to take a break from studying and do something that you enjoy. Whether that is getting some fresh air, seeing a friend or having a catch-up on socials – just taking that time away from revision to focus on you is the key to having a healthy balance of work and personal.
Fitting fitness alongside your studies
- Staying active is a great way to improve your overall mood, exercise is known to be an effective stress-reliever and is also a positive way to release any negative energy. At DIGS, we have free on-site gyms for students to use at Storthes Hall Park and The Pinnacles. We have a range of fitness activities for students to get involved with, such as free Zumba classes, Walking Club, Bootcamp and more!
Get enough sleep
- Finding time to un-wind and prioritising your sleep will ultimately make your study-sessions more productive. We understand student-life can sometimes get in the way of a good night’s sleep with a busy social life and University routine. Put your phone on do not disturb, pause the revision and de-stress from the chaos around you.
Believe in yourself
- When you are feeling overwhelmed, just remember what you are working towards and envision your life as a graduate. It will all be worth it, just keep at it and have a little faith! Not only will it boost your self-esteem, it will put into perspective how momentary stress related anxieties can be during exam-season.
For more information on our commitment to student welfare, visit: DIGS Student Wellbeing and Support