5 ways to de-stress this exam season

Let your worries float away

Exam season can be stressful, but there are some simple strategies you can apply to manage your stress and anxiety during this time. Here are five ways to de-stress during exams and help ensure you finish Semester 1 on a high note.

It's no secret exams can be stress-inducing. While we can't remove the source of stress, we can share some tips to help you manage during exam time. Here are five simple ways to de-stress before, during and after your exams.

Five tips to help manage stress during exams



It may seem simple, but getting enough sleep is a big factor in reducing stress levels. It's recommended you get at least eight hours of sleep a night, but if you can manage nine or ten hours that's even better.

It's also important to wind down at least one hour before you intend to sleep, by reading a book, listening to music or meditating. 

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Move your body 

Doing physical activity, even if it's just for a few minutes each day, can help improve your mental health, reduce stress levels and even prolong your life

There are plenty of ways to stay active during exam time. It could be as simple as a stroll to your local café, walking to meet a friend on the other side of campus or dedicating 15 minutes to do a home workout. 

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While staying connected with friends and family online can help keep you motivated during exam time, excessive screen time can add to your stress levels and even reduce your cognitive capacity to complete tasks.  

To help you manage exam stress and study more effectively, try switching off notifications or enabling 'do not disturb' on your smartphone during study hours. 



While "take a deep breath" may not seem like life-changing advice, practising deep and mindful breathing can help relieve stress almost instantly. 

Whether you're studying in the library or in the exam room, you can use breathing techniques to help manage your stress levels. 

New to mindful breathing? Why not start with the simplest breathing technique – take five deep breaths. Start by counting 1 on the slow inhale through the nose, 2 on the long exhale through the mouth, 3 on the inhale, 4 on the exhale, 5 on the inhale and release.

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Don't dwell on the past

You can almost instantly reduce your stress levels post-exam if you don't dwell on how you performed. Rather, be proud of yourself for sitting the exam – it's no easy feat! 

If you plan to meet up with friends afterwards, agree that you will only speak about the exam for 5 minutes, and use the rest of your time together to reward yourselves.

Don't forget there's a range of health and wellbeing support available to you through the University, from free and confidential crisis support to peer support from current students. The Library also offers learning and wellbeing support around exam time through their Exam Ready program

31 May 2023

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