Self Care Tips To Help Destress During Midterm Season

As winter break draws to a close and the new year excitement begins to fade, students are thrown into preparations for their midterm exams in January.

The ChildLine National Exam Stress Survey revealed that 96 percent of 1300 who completed the survey felt exceedingly anxious, with 59 percent feeling pressure from their parents to do well and 64 percent saying they have never received any support in dealing with exams.

That being said, it is important to learn ways to take care of one's self to avoid getting caught up in the testing commotion.

While studying, it is recommended to pace one's self; long study sessions may appear to be a more effective method of studying, but can often lead to students becoming overwhelmed. A better way to study is to study in 25 to 30 minute intervals, with 5 minute breaks in between.

Aromatherapy (candles) has also been proven to be an effective method in reducing stress; lavender and rose are popular scents that aid in relaxation.

Studying with others is a great way to bounce concepts and problems off of other people, and allows for a more relaxed studying environment. However, some prefer to study alone, and can try teaching someone else the material like a sibling or friend.

Eating healthy and staying hydrated is also very important; it allows students to stay energized and avoid burning themselves out.

Getting enough rest before the exams is essential; if one doesn't get enough sleep, they may become less focused during the exam, ultimately weakening their performance. The recommended amount of sleep for high school students is 6 to 8 hours.

Overall, it is important to remember that no matter how one studies or what type of grades they receive, test performance is not necessarily indicative of one's intelligence or identity; as long as one does their best and stays calm, they are going to perform exactly how they should.

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