Dear students, we know that no one’s immune to stress. We know how mentally taxing it can become to prepare for your 10th and 12th board exams. One skill that you need to learn during your school life is to manage exam stress.
For all of you who’re getting overwhelmed by the pressure of books, board exams, expectations and classes, we, the L J Institute of Masters in Applied Management have listed down the 8 most useful stress management tips for the 10th and 12th board exams.
#1. Get sufficient sleep — During the board exams you should sleep in a week as much as in a single night otherwise. An adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep for normal functioning. Sleepless nights end up making you unhealthy. Align your internal clock with the sun’s cycle (don’t sleep at dawn and wake up by mid-afternoon). With sound sleep the memory retention increases.
#2. Eat healthy — Avoid food with high fat content. These foods decrease your concentration (no matter how tasty they are!) and boosts the stress level. During 10th and 12th board exams, include fruits, vegetables and whole grains in diet and stay away from junk and processed food.
#3. Exercise — 15–20 minute exercise breaks help in relieving stress and burning the calories piled during the entire day. Endorphins, nicknamed the happy hormones are released when you do exercise that helps you in reducing your stress level.
#4. Take regular breaks — Studying non-stop for hours does more harm than good. It is important to relax. Your mind and body perform at their best only if you get adequate rest. Take breaks, include exercise, recreational activity, snack time or pursue your passion to your refresh mind.
#5. Select a proper study place — Don’t study at a separate place every day. Find a corner that’s calm, sit on a chair and table, keep your desk tidy and distraction-free to study. Peaceful environment boosts your confidence.
#6. Meditate — Meditation keeps the stress in control and calms your nerves. Meditating 15–20 minutes helps in developing razor sharp focus and improves concentration.
#7. Stay away from artificial energy boosters — Instant energy boosters like caffeine or energy drinks help in making you stay awake the whole night, but putting away the natural desire to sleep results in greater exposure to stress.
#8. Plan and organize your schedule — It is said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail”. Organize your day-time timetable and stick to it. Divide your time properly between study, recreational time, exercise and sleep to strike the right balance.
Appearing for the 10th and 12th board exams is stressful, but with the right stress management tips for cracking these exams will not be as difficult as it appears.