7 energy boosting tips before your exam start

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These are the 7 energy boosting tips for exam success that you need to keep in mind over the next 24 hours is vital. Your brain is a muscle. It gets tired just like any other muscle in your body so now, above all times, you must look after both you body and brain.

Follow these 7 energy boosting tips before your exams start to boost your confidence, keep well and increase your chances of exam success.

Sleep

The most important thing you can do at this stage is get enough sleep (aim for 8 hours at least). Staying up late or pulling an all-nighter will not benefit you. If you have worked consistently during your exam year then the most important thing you can do is sleep. You need all the energy you can muster up over next few days and the coming weeks. An exhausted brain or body will not work efficiently– so rest up.

Eat well

While you might feel that you are too nervous to eat it is vital that you do so. If you feel like this eat little and often but remember, or at least try, to eat. Your brain is a muscle and you need to feed it. Failing to eat at this stage is like asking a car to go with an empty fuel tank. Try healthy snacks like muesli, granola, brown bread, fruit and yoghurt, raisins, nuts or rice cakes.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure to drink plenty of fluids. If you don’t drink enough water today and tomorrowit is likely that you will dehydrate. Put a dash of orange, raspberry or lemon juice into 2 litres of water, and add the tiniest pinch of salt. Some mint leaves are a really refreshing addition. Sip on this drink over the course of the day to make sure that you keep your brain hydrated and full of energy.

Take Busy Breaks

While this might sound crazy it is vital that you take breaks over the next few days. Every 20 minutes get up and walk around your room, take a break to enjoy the sunshine or walk up and down your stairs a few times, you might even want to skip for three minutes, do jumping jacks, or chase the dog!! Seriously, try this once tomorrow and when you come back to your study you will be much more alert and up for the challenge. This works so, set the timer for every 20 minutes and get busy to boost your energy.

Take longer breaks every two hours

A 30 minute break, after 2 hours of study is vital. Use this time to relax, eat, and go for a walk or do something else that you enjoy (not TV or computer games). In fact, you could decide to take a nap for 15 minutes or so followed by a brisk walk. These breaks are the necessary rest and nourishment required to give your brain a break and to freshen you mind and body up. Research even shows that these breaks are vital as they not alone increase your productivity but your ability to remember, retrieve and recall the information.

No premortem

We all have that one friend who we love to pieces but who melts down and panic. While you love this person as a friend and want to help you need to manage this. You have two choices

  1. Avoid this person altogether or
  2. Tell that person (NOW) you are not talking about exams. When you chat to them you need to take a break from all things exams and you want to talk about something entirely different.

If that friend doesn’t listen to you then you take the decision to do what is best for you.

Be nice to yourself

Treat yourself to something nice – maybe a magazine, arrange to have your favourite breakfast tomorrow morning, go to the cinema tomorrow evening, have your favourite dinner, a nice bath or do something that relaxes you. The more relaxed you are the better you will function in your exams.

Finally, while your exams are important and are a huge part of your life now but believe me there is life before, during and after your exams. If you are struggling to cope talk to somebody NOW. Go to your doctor, tell your parent or guardian, an older friend, somebody your trust or a teacher.

Get help and support if you need it but do NOT bottle it.

Joe WildeComment