Get enough sleep to energize yourself for the exam. Sleep deprivation can affect your mood, leading to unnecessary stress. In the weeks leading up to the exam, make sleep your priority. Aim for quality and sound sleep at night.
If you are still in school, try to get 8.5 to 10 hours of sleep a night. If you are over 18, 7.5 to 9 hours should be enough.
Be sure to establish a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed around the same time every night and do something that helps you calm down. For example, you can drink a cup of herbal tea and read a book before going to bed.
Eat right before the exam. You may have a tendency to binge on stress with junk food. However, this is unlikely to help you relax. Food has a direct effect on our mood, so be sure to consume high quality foods in the period before the exam. This will lower your overall stress level.
Avoid foods that are high in fat and sugar. They will only increase stress. It is better to consume plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and foods high in lean proteins, such as fish.
Try eating a kale salad or drinking a green smoothie before an exam to fill your body with nutrients.
Avoid caffeine. Consuming coffee, tea, energy drinks, and other drinks high in caffeine promotes anxiety and excitement before an exam, which will lead to poor performance.
Exercise to alleviate exam stress. If you exercise regularly, don't neglect exercising during the exam. There's nothing wrong with cutting back your regular schedule by 10 or 15 minutes if you're short on time, but you shouldn't stop working out because of an upcoming exam. Exercise helps manage your mood, which leads to lower overall stress levels.
If you don't usually exercise, this is a great time to start. Try walking or biking for 15 minutes a day about 3 times a week. You can also exercise with other people. Play soccer or go for a bike ride with friends. Set yourself up for a positive attitude toward your studies. If you berate yourself, you are more likely to feel stressed. Instead of convincing yourself that you are doomed to fail, go into the exam with a positive attitude. Come up with a positive personal mantra to keep your spirits up while you study. Think of something positive you can say to yourself when you're stressed. For example: "I'm putting in a lot of effort, and I'm going to make it work." In times of stress, repeat this mantra while taking deep, calming breaths.
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