Look after yourself during exams

Tips to help you beat revision and exam stress

The exam period is an anxious time and it’s really important to take care of your mental and physical health. Find out how to keep your stress levels down, improve your stamina and boost your energy…

Get enough sleep – The number one rule when it comes to tackling exam periods is to get a good night sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep means you’ll feel much better in the morning and gives your body the chance to rebuild and repair overnight. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night.

Exercise regularly – Exercise helps to oxygenate the brain and release tension, helping you to keep calm, mentally relax and study more efficiently. It will leave you feeling super energised and ready to hit the books!

Eat a balanced diet – A healthy, balanced diet will give your brain the fuel it needs to ensure you perform at your best in the exams. Don’t skip breakfast, have a healthy lunch, and snack sensibly. Good brain-boosting foods include protein-rich foods which can lead to greater mental alertness (such as eggs, nuts, yoghurt, and cottage cheese). Other dietary choices which help your cognitive function and improve memory include wholegrain cereals, granary bread, rice, pasta, oily fish, blueberries, citrus fruits, dried fruits, broccoli, and pumpkin seeds.

Drink sensibly – Make sure you drink enough water before and during your exam as dehydration can make you lose concentration, feel faint, and sap your energy. Avoid alcohol prior to an exam and reduce drinking alcohol around exam time to prevent hangovers, dullness and fatigue. Also avoid caffeine which can increase your anxiety.

Get some relaxation – Take time to unwind and don’t overdo it. Regular breaks from revision can help you feel refreshed and improve your concentration. Go out for a walk with friends, practice yoga, meditation or try some relaxation and mindfulness techniques to help you relax.

To help you on your fitness journey why not use the free Wellbeing Zone health and fitness app? Or enquire about how Kent Sport can help at the Sports Centre or Pavilion receptions. To keep up to date with Kent Sport, find UniKentSports on social media.

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