The end of the school year is in sight, and you could almost say the Leaving Cert weather is coming early! We know that this time of year can be a stressful and anxious period for students. Between cramming your English essays, learning every Maths equation and a dozen cups of tea in between, you will need to make time to look after yourself. Here is our tips and tricks to stay sane and how to look after your mental and physical health during exam season:
Watch Netflix, read a book, spend time with friends, whatever you love to do that makes you feel good
A good 8 hours of sleep makes the world of difference to your mood and mental health as well as your focus during the day
3. Eat well
Your brain can’t learn all those Macbeth quotes on an empty stomach. Make sure you are getting your three meals a day with the correct nutrients. Supplements will also naturally help ease any stress or anxiety.
You have worked hard and should be proud of yourself. Take time off and grab a sweet treat to reward yourself and de-stress.
5. Self care routine is essential
Run yourself a lovely hot bath, light a candle, put a face mask on, whatever you like to do that helps you chill out. I would highly recommend playing some chill ambient music while sitting in a nice bubble bath, reading a book. Pure bliss!
Try fit some physical activity in a couple times a week to give your brain a break from all the studying. Whether it be going to the gym, playing your favourite sport or going for a simple walk on the beach, it’s important to move your body. Yoga is a personal favourite way to exercise as it gets your body moving while keeping your heart rate low.
7. Practice Mindfulness and Meditation
Start your day with a short meditation session to put you on the path of productivity while also providing anti stress benefits. It is a great way to recharge and refocus.
8. Chat with a friend
Its important to maintain our relationships which can become strained during this busy time. Make time to have a coffee with a friend, where you can have a laugh and take a well needed break together.
9. Make a study plan and schedule time off
Different people work best at different times of the day. Find the study times that work best for you. If you work better in the mornings, make sure to schedule time in the evening off, or if you work best in the evenings, take the morning off for yourself.
10. Be kind to yourself
You deserve all the support you give others. Remind yourself of all your strengths and achievements, and pat yourself on the back for how far you’ve come. We all need support during stressful times.
I hope this helps some of you, and remember that you can only do your best. We wish the best of luck to any students sitting exams in the coming weeks, and remember, summer is only around the corner!
Love PÓG xxxxxx