Written by Charlotte Campbell
Stay Fit and Healthy During Exam Season
Exam season can be a tough time to manage. The pressure is raised, and sometimes it can seem as though there is no time for anything other than preparation and studying. However, at times of stress, your health and wellbeing are more important than ever. Here are our top tips to keep you fit and healthy while exams are looming.
Exercise In The Morning
Before you settle into work, do a brief workout. It could be a 15 minute HIIT session, yoga, or just a run around the block. Getting your muscles working is a great way to shake off sleepy feelings. Even if you’re a morning person, exercise helps to focus the mind, so you’ll be able to concentrate better throughout the day. You’ll also benefit from increased memory, so your revision should stick easier.
Plus, exercise pumps endorphins through your body for hours after you finish working out. So your body will have an extra tool to help deal with any stressful topics or time pressures.
Fuel Your Studies
Consider your food intake fuel for your work. While it’s tempting to reward your hard work with a treat, make sure it isn’t something that will make you feel over-full or something that will give you a sugar crash later on.
A great fuel for the brain is omega 3, which can be found in supplements or in fish like salmon and mackerel. You can also find omega 3 and high levels of protein in walnuts, so they make a great desk-side snack.
For a sweet reward, try protein brownies, skinny cookies or protein balls with peanut butter and oats. Don’t skip any meals to cram in more work time. A drop in energy will only mean you are less productive.
Plan Your Time
Give yourself a timetable of what to study and when. This way, you can compartmentalise any stress you might have about a certain subject into a specific and constructive session, rather than letting it run over the whole day. Plus, you can plan out your breaks, including time to leave your study area and walk outside. These breaks are essential to keep your stress levels manageable and to keep concentration up.
Seeing your schedule can assure you that you are doing adequate amounts of work and help you manage your time effectively.
Get a Full Night’s Sleep
When we’re under pressure, getting to bed early can seem like you’re wasting time that could be spent revising. However, poor sleep is clearly linked with lowered capacity for concentration and performance.
An hour before you want to fall asleep, take the time to switch off from the stress of the day. Switch off your laptop and devices to step away from the reminders of the work you have been doing. Try working away from your bedroom during the day. Your bed can then be your sanctuary that your brain associates only with rest and relaxation. If you are struggling to switch off, try some gentle stretch exercises or a simple distracting activity like colouring or a jigsaw.