Exams can be stressful – in fact, we need a bit of stress to help us perform to the best of our abilities.
But, attempts to be the best at everything we do, can lead to more stress than is good for us.
We think we are bound to achieve more if we can only do more – cram more and more into our schedules, juggle work and study, learn a new language – and the list goes on…
While this can work a some of the time, and we proudly boast to our friends that we are ‘just so busy’; in actual fact we are overdoing it and forgetting to find time for those things that we need to help us de-stress and achieve more.
Here are a couple of things to remember to help you find that balance:
You can’t do everything all at once
Trying to achieve a lot with the time you have is good. But if you think about it, multitasking means you can’t give your whole focus to one thing, so everything ends up below the high standard you’re aiming for.
Just focusing on one thing at a time however, can make best use of your time and allow you to do that one thing really well.
We can’t all spin plates like this guy, you know.
Give yourself time to unwind
Your body and brain need to recharge so they can work at their best. It is a simple thing, but we can all forget it and find ourselves slumped over our keyboard/books in the small hours of the morning. It’s better to get decent rest.
That doesn’t mean that every second of the day should be non-stop action either. Just as our bodies couldn’t run from morning til night without a break, our brains need moments throughout the day to wonder off and daydream.
Doing this means when we want to (like exams), we can sharper our focus and attention.