I haven’t post a while, but I do have a good reason for that. I am currently in the stage of studying for my finals (and as of today I did half of my finals). That’s why I didn’t really have any new ideas or even time to do something on here, but I said to myself listen make the best of your situation. So I decided to write a post about how to keep down your anxiety during finals or any exam therefore. I hope this post will help you to deal with your anxiety the best you can.
Breathe, breathe, breathe!
I cannot stress how important it is to breathe in and out calmly. Not only it helps you stay calm it also prevents hyperventilating. If you are walking to the place you are taking your test do this for most of your walk, if not then before you start writing whatever is in front of you (before you take a look at tasks). It really helps you gather all those positive thoughts you have and push all negative voices hiding in your head.
Always wake up with 30 minutes to spare.
Take your time getting ready, do everything you have to do calmly like you have nowhere to go. Also you never know, a panic attack could happen and you cannot be late. It is a good time to have little extra time.
Prepare you clothes and bag the night before.
You should do this ahead because you are calm at this stage and have less chance to forget something you need. Besides you can prepare that favourite shirt you love that brings you luck and comfort, since that cannot be a bad thing to have.
Make a relaxing song playlist.
This can also be good if you are walking to the place in combination with breathing exercises, but if you aren’t walking then you can listening to it whilst getting ready and doing your makeup. I find music very therapeutic in dealing with anxiety and stress, so much that when I had at least one panic attack a weak I couldn’t leave my house without headphones.
Stop and have a talk with yourself.
This can be done however you like, vocally our with your inner voice in your head. You can combine it with some other techniques or just literally sit down in your house before leaving and tell yourself you got this, you prepared for it and it is going to be alright. This way you also prevent that little mean voice in your head that is always saying how incompetent you are.
Don’t skip breakfast and a glass of water.
It doesn’t take a genius to tell that hunger plus dehydration plus anxiety equals catastrophe. So please take good care of yourself and eat at least a chocolate bar to give you some energy to fight off the stress.
Try not to go to bed too late.
I know a lot of people pull all nighters before exams and that could work for some people, but I do not recommend that to someone who has anxiety. It is hard enough, but with sleep deprivation it is even harder to stay calm. Try to get a few hours of sleep and maybe a nice, quick shower in the morning. It really works wonders.
That would be all I have to say folks. These things keep my anxiety down and help me to concentrate and give my best. If you have some of your tips please do write them down, so I and others can read them! Thank you for your attention once again.
I have always been punctual but now when I run a blog with hundreds of other
things, I noticed a struggle of having less time to do everything I had to do,
so I decided to organize everything I could in order to use my
time as well as I possibly could.
So this is my way of being organized in few small tips. Hope you find them helpful.
- Make a calendar.
My calendar plan for February
I find it easy to make and very helpful since I can look at everything I have to do that day. You don’t have to make plans for everything it could be just about your chores or like me about future blog posts. You can download a template from internet and then just fill it out. It looks cute and it helps. You cannot go wrong with that!
- Prepare everything.
That means that you pack your bag in the evening, pick your clothes and accessorizes etc. for the next day in the evening before. This way in the morning you’ll only have to put some makeup and clothes on and eat something.
- On the go!
If you don’t have enough time to eat in the morning please DO NOT miss your breakfast. You can make a smoothie in the morning or even the night before and put it in the fridge (it literally takes 2 minutes to prepare). If you eat on the go you will still have just the right amount of energy that will keep you concentrated on your tasks and that means no procrastination or what so ever.
- Plan breaks.
When you study at home or you are doing some work plan when you will take a break. This will also decrease the amount of procrastination and you will have something to look forward do while you work.
- Do some work before.
If you know that you have a huge task to do next week, start doing it before. I usually write my post (or most of it) for Tuesday on the weekend while I have time, so I only have the last touches to edit on the actual publication day.
- If you think you need a break take it!
No matter what you are doing if you feel sick or hungry or just too tired, take a break. There is no point doing something while you are like this because you probably won’t to a very good job. And in the end your mental and physical health are the most important!
- Award yourself.
When you finish your essay eat that piece of cake you’ve been saving for something special. When you get a good great or a compliment on your work go out on a coffee with your friends. Buy yourself something little, like a ring when you nail that assignment and etc. That way you are going to keep your good work!
- Make a routine.
The same way you wake up everyday at perhaps 6:30, check your email at 13:00, do your homework at 17:00, take a break at 18:30 etc. This way your brain will have a clear knowledge of work time and rest time.
- Get your sleep.
Everyone knows that sleep is important for a lot o things, and one of them is energy and concentration and those two things are very crucial for organizing your life.
- Know your limits.
If you know that you cannot do 2 essays and prepare for a test just in one day that do some work the day before. Don’t overwork yourself and multitask because that kind of work is never your best and it doesn’t really show what are you capable of.
Those are some of the tips I discovered that help me and I think they could probably help someone else, at least one of them 😉
SO GOOD BYE FOR NOW, MY FRIENDS (if anyone is even reading)