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How to look after your mental health during the exam season


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Taking care of your mental health during exam season is crucial for maintaining your well-being and performing at your best. Here are some tips to help you look after your mental health during this challenging period:


1) Plan and prioritise

Create a study schedule or plan that allows for breaks and leisure activities. Breaking your study sessions into manageable chunks can help reduce stress and overwhelm.


2) Get enough sleep

Adequate sleep is essential for concentration, memory, and overall cognitive function. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to ensure your mind is refreshed and ready for studying.


3) Maintain a balanced diet

Proper nutrition plays a significant role in supporting your mental well-being. Opt for a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Avoid excessive caffeine and sugary foods, as they can negatively impact your mood and energy levels.


4) Stay physically active

Regular exercise has numerous mental health benefits. Engaging in physical activity helps reduce stress, improves focus, boosts mood, and increases energy levels. Find activities you enjoy, such as walking, jogging, dancing, or yoga, and incorporate them into your routine.


5) Take regular breaks

Studying for long periods without breaks can lead to burnout. Schedule short breaks during your study sessions to rest and recharge. Use this time to do something you enjoy, such as taking a walk, listening to music, or chatting with a friend.


6) Practise relaxation techniques

Incorporate relaxation techniques into your routine to manage stress. Deep breathing exercises, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, or guided imagery can help calm your mind and reduce anxiety.


7) Seek support

Don't hesitate to reach out to friends, family, or classmates for support. Talking about your concerns and sharing your feelings can provide relief and perspective. If you're feeling overwhelmed, consider talking to a school counsellor or a mental health professional for guidance.


8) Avoid excessive comparison

Remember that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. Avoid comparing yourself to others, as it can negatively affect your self-esteem and increase anxiety. Focus on your own progress and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small.


9) Practise self-care

Engage in activities that promote self-care and relaxation. This could include reading a book, taking a bath, practising a hobby, or spending time in nature. Prioritising self-care helps you recharge and maintain a positive mindset.


10) Maintain a positive mindset

Cultivate a positive and growth-oriented mindset. Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts or setbacks, focus on your strengths and the progress you've made. Remind yourself that exams are just one aspect of your life, and your worth is not defined by your grades alone.


Remember, taking care of your mental health is a continuous process, not just during exam season. Implementing these practices as part of your daily routine can contribute to your overall well-being and academic success. If you need extra support with your learning during exam season, contact Prepped on 01284 658777 or email hello@prepped.academy





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