7 Ways to Look After Your Mental Health During Exam Week
It’s that time of year when everything is due all at once. And for some, it can be quite overwhelming. Here’s some simple but helpful tips that you can use during exam week and beyond.
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1. Join a group study sessionStudying alone can sometimes lead to procrastination and procrastination only increases stress. Sit and study will a group of friends to help you get motivated. Plus, studying together is more fun! You can quiz each other or get someone else to read over your assignment.
It’s also a great reminder that you’re not alone. As the Troy Bolton once sang, “We’re all in this together.”
Atira’s Student Experience Assistants hold Assignment help and group study sessions to help everyone get on track with their studies or assessments. Click here to see our calendar of events and check when your next session is.
2. Set bite-sized reasonable goals
Whether it’s making all your lectures or ticking simple chores like taking the bin out, a win is a win, no matter how small. When we set goals (and meet or surpass our expectations), it can help us feel in control and boosts our self-esteem.
Decide what you want to achieve academically, professionally and personally, and write down a list of steps you need to realise your goals.
Some list essentials:
✔ Keep hydrated
✔ Grab a snack
✔ Take a break and get some sun
✔ Appreciate how awesome you are
3. Use your phone
Yes, you read that correctly. But not for scrolling through Instagram or watching cat videos on YouTube. Use your phone to download apps that will help you keep your mental game on point.
Some of our faves are:
4. Take a break and get enough rest
Possibly the most important thing on this list, taking breaks are essential to productive study. Research shows that taking breaks from studying every ninety minutes or so can improve both focus and attention. A good study break consists of activities that takes your mind off for a little while.
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After that, you’re guaranteed to feel more relaxed, refreshed, and focused, ready to take on that next assignment/ exam.
5. Surround yourself with positivity
Images by The Latest Kate
It can be as simple as keeping a photo of people you love on your desk, sticking notes with words of encouragement everywhere, or following wholesome blogs and pages.
Kate Alan, an artist struggling with generalized anxiety disorder, creates encouraging mental health illustrations featuring colourful, super cute creatures who are doing their best just like you!
Other cool websites we love:
Let’s Talk About Mental Health – Aimed at erasing the stigma around mental illness
Buddy Project – Non-profit organisation connects people with mental health issues
Wholesome Comics – A Facebook page dedicated to spreading positivity, through lighthearted comics, illustrations and funny memes.
6. Eat healthy
We’re not saying avoid mi goring noodles all together. Just get your veggies in too – it will help you stay on track mentally. In short: Some fruit and veggies = happiness and mental wellbeing.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to eat boring salads all the time. And contrary to popular belief, it’s cheaper and easier than you think! Here’s a list of sources for quick and healthy recipes on a student budget:
7. And last but certainly not the least, talk to someone
Repeat after me: Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness.
No matter how big or small you think your problem is you can always approach one of the Student Experience Assistants or any Atira Staff to ask for help. Catch them are reception if you need to vent, help with assignments, or just a friendly chat.
If you, or anyone you know are experiencing personal issues, do not hesitate to contact one of the many mental health support groups and organisations listed here (click to download).
Remember, you are not alone 💗
For more tips, Headspace made a pretty cool infographic you can download. Click here.