Actively relaxing during the exam break

Most students notice some anxiety and tension at the thought of sitting exams.  Some students however, will experience a degree of stress and anxiety that is physically and mentally exhausting.  Their fears can affect them physically e.g. difficulty sleeping, headaches or stomach upsets, and mentally e.g. lack of concentration, irritability and gloomy feelings.  

It is important to take steps to minimise and reduce these feelings.

Learning to relax can provide considerable relief during the exam break.  Use ways you find most helpful (exclude those that can create further problems).  If your methods aren’t helping, there are a number of learning relaxation techniques from a trained person or from library books on stress and relaxation.

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It may help to increase attention to:

  • having the right balance between exercise and rest

    Wendy is a Registered Nurse currently employed as a Primary Health Care Nurse at Canterbury University. Deciding new knowledge and skills were needed in this environment Wendy began training as a Healing Touch Practitioner and received international certification in 2008.
  • eating three balanced meals per day
  • having a set number of sleeping hours e.g. 8 per night
  • monitoring what you put into your body (coffee, alcohol, healthy foods)
  • Sometimes thinking negative thoughts and imagining the worst scenario can be making situations worse than they actually are.  Aim for making more realistic “positive” thoughts by trying the following:

The UC Health Centre is available for quality, affordable healthcare.

During Exam time the UC Health Centre are open:
Monday to Friday 8.30am-5.30pm
Saturday 8.30am-5.30pm

Located at the rear of the UCSA carpark beside The Foundry bar.

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