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Sunday, 6 March 2016

How to deal with exam stress


You may have noticed that we haven't been very active recently. Unfortunately, we've been snowed under (almost literally thanks to the awful British weather right now) with university work. We're in our final year at university and it's getting quite effin stressful! Regardless, as of recent we've become quite good at dealing with stressful situations (probably due to the fact that we've had exams every year for the past six years) and we'd like to share with you some tricks that might help to keep you cool during the up-coming exam season.

1) Take a bath.
Baths are wonderful things. They solve everything. Period pains? Take a bath. Pulled a muscle? Take a bath. Stressing out? Take a bath. Poor in some bubbles, put on a chilled out playlist and let the warm water envelope you in a liquidy hug. There really is nothing like it.

2) Talk to a friend.
Leave the house for a bit. Don't sit and wallow in your own self-pity. Holler at a friend and go for a coffee. It's nice to clear your head for a bit and be in a different environment that doesn't remind you of how much work you have to do. We love going to starbucks for a bit of a break every now and then. The walk in to town provides us with the fresh air we desperately need after being cooped up with our heads stuck in books, and the coffee gives us the buzz we need to go about the rest of our day. Also, you'll probably find that your friends are going through the same stresses that you are, so it's nice to unload on someone and for them to do the same. Sometimes idle gossip is the best thing to take your mind off of school/university so it's just nice to talk about ANYTHING else for a change. 

3) Make a list of the things that you have to do.
We've all had those nights where you're struggling to sleep because all you can think about is how much work you've got to do. Writing lists is the perfect way to deal with that. Every evening or every morning write a list of the things that you want to get done in the day (bear in mind that it has to actually be achievable - we once tried to plan and write an essay in one day and it didn't quite work out). Having it written there in front of you gives you a goal to work towards that day, that way you can schedule your time effectively and get shit done! (Not to mention it's an excuse to buy a cute notebook).

4) Don't bury your head in the sand.We're totally guilty of doing this. When you have so much work to do that you don't know where to begin so you just don't? Yeah. This has pretty much happened every single year of our life as university students. But the thing is, it doesn't help anyone. You just end up, a month down the line with more work to do than you had before and less time to get it done. It sounds so boring (we know) but getting work done early is the best thing to do!

5) Don't overwork your brain.
Science and stuff (lol) says that your brain needs a break. You can't just sit and do work all day because, trust us, you'll go insane. Plan to do two hours, have a break, another two hours etc... it might seem like you're not being as productive but you'll appreciate it in the long run. Just don't decide to start a new season on Netflix during your break because then you'll never want to go back to doing work!

We hope this is helpful to at least someone! Feel free to share with us some of your tips for handling exam stress (or just stress in general) because we're always up for hearing new ideas. Sorry we've been away for so long but we're back for good now! 
A & K x







6 comments:

  1. Omg I love this post! I going through midterms and bath sounds so awesome right now!

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    1. Baths are the best! Good luck with your midterms x

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  2. Great tips girls! I'm under so much stress recently, and I'm 2 months before my finals. Talking to my best friend is always the best way to relax in my opinion!

    Marianna x

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  3. This is really helpful as I have my GCSEs coming up! I find that writing a physical to do list really helps as it clears my mind and orders my life a little. Talking about your stress is another great one, especially with someone who has a more level head than you. Great post girls!

    Jemima x
    anotherrantingreader.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much!
      Good luck with your GCSEs, we remember how stressful they were!x

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