A balanced diet is important, especially during examinations. Fresh fruits and vegetables provide reserves of energy and boost your ability to concentrate. Avoid processed, sugary foods like cereal, biscuits, sweets and chocolate.
Lean protein like chicken, egg, plenty of veg and carbs that release their energy slowly like wholegrain bread, rice and pasta will keep energy levels steady.
Almost everyone finds exams stressful so you should know that you aren’t alone. Expressing your worries to a good friend, family member, a teacher or a counsellor will help.
Examination time means a lot of reading, writing and strain. Make sure not to overexert or strain your eyes. Make sure there is ample light in the room when you are studying. Reading with a night lamp is a strict no-no.
Avoid leaning on the table or reading in the sleeping position for a long time as it will strain your eyes. Rest your eyes every half an hour or so; blinking also helps. Avoid rubbing the eyes. Splash your eyes with cold water at regular intervals.Do not compromise on sleep.
– Practice deep breathing exercises, meditation, and other relaxation exercises as part of your daily routine during the examinations. This will not only help you kill the examination stress but also help you concentrate more and learn quickly.
– As soon as you notice you are losing concentration, take a short break. During your break-time, you could take a stroll, listen to some relaxing music or just take a short nap of 15 minutes. This will help your feel refreshed and you would be able to concentrate on your studies again in a better way.
– Exercise, physical exercise like running, jogging, skipping for 15-20 minutes a day will help you feel stress free and mentally fit.
– Make sure you know what you are supposed to have learned and that you have all your notes and books. Working out how much time you have to revise and planning how you can use it best by making a timetable is a key factor in how to deal with exam stress. Work when you are most alert.