Believe it or not, we’re now in October which means that we’re creeping closer towards exam season. I know I’m not the only student who reaches this stage of the semester and forgets about anything outside of getting those last assignments in and studying for exams.
However, during exam season it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re looking after yourself mentally and physically so you’re feeling your best in this stressful time (and not like your brain is about to explode). Not fitting in the little things that improve your life around your study schedule means you run the risk of burning out. So, here’s a few suggestions to help you find that balance, so you can have a super productive and healthy exam season.
Remember to give your brain a break
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt guilty for taking a break because I definitely have. As hard as it can be sometimes to take a break, giving your brain rest is SO important for your wellbeing. The Wellbeing Hub has some great advice and can support your needs from helping to support your study, mental wellbeing, health and fitness as well as all of the great support services on offer to students.
Fit in the things that help you relax
Getting your eyes away from your lecture notes and textbooks and doing something you love during the exam season is so beneficial. This could be anything from playing sport, doing yoga, going for a walk or making the most of the UC RecCentre which is free for UC students and has something for everyone. Hanging out with your mates, reading a book for fun or maybe even just catching up on a bit of sleep can be hugely helpful as well.
Look out for your mates
Your friends are probably feeling the stress of exam season just as much as you are so make sure they’re doing okay. Resources like Student Care are always there if you or a friend are struggling and want to talk to someone that can help.