This time of year can be very intense, but it doesn’t need to be! Since our New Year celebrations were cut short due to exam revision, coupled with the cold temperatures this winter, it’s easy to forget about our health. However, doing these simple things will make sure that you feel closer to 100% for your exams and ready to face what next semester brings.
Stay hydrated; drink about 6-8 glasses of water a day. Apparently if you don’t, you can lose up to 20% of your brain capacity. Not only will this give your mind clarity, but it will also prevent headaches – which is the last thing you need when trying to revise.
Swap revision snacks that leave you feeling uneasy to those leaving you energised. We’ve all done it, sought comfort in a packet of cookies, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Get some extra vitamins in from some fruit or protein from yoghurt or nuts, avoiding the sugar rush and crash that would result from sugary treats. Studies say to try and increase vitamin D intakes, especially as people often feel lower in the winter months due to a deficiency from this. Similarly, eating smaller meals at regular intervals instead of the typical, 3-a-day means you won’t be sitting at your desk with your stomach churning.
Make a schedule. There is no greater feeling than crossing something off it at the end of the day. Make sure to include some time to exercise and take a break, whether this is having a cup of tea or seeing some friends for an hour. This will keep you productive – just don’t include a shopping day out the day before your exam! Also, mix it up a bit; spend a few days in the library, at home and revising with a friend.
Lastly, make sure you have a good night sleep, preferably about 6 to 8 hours to stay focused and avoid falling asleep in the library. Make sure you have something to look forward to after your exam, as it will prove to be great motivation.