While the rest of us (sorry) will be looking forward to the sort of scorching weather conditions that normally greet the start of the Leaving Cert – for students, these few last days before the exams start to represent ‘crunch time’.
Take a read – before you hit the books for the day…
1. Exam time can be an anxious, stressful & potentially overwhelming experience.
Remember, test taking anxiety is normal and because anxiety is an emotion it will pass if you give it time. Rescue Remedy can help manage your exam stresses
2. Don’t forget to mind yourself, especially in a couple of key ways:
Sleep: you should be aiming for 8-10 hours per night, make sure to try to wind down before going to sleep. You don’t go from 5th gear straight to 1st gear when driving a car, your mind works similarly, it needs time to slow down before sleep.
Eat regular meals and eat well, this will help your ability to think, concentrate and last the distance. supplement your diet with a multi-vitamin to prevent you getting run-down on the lead up and during the exam period.
Exercise will help to relieve some of the build-up of stress and improve your mood, try to build it into your plan, walk the dog, go for a swim or cycle or anything that gets you active.
Make time for some fun, it’s not only allowed, its recommended. Schedule in specific things you enjoy doing at weekends or during breaks between exams.