Managing Exam Stress Through Exercise

Discover how exercise can help you stay on top of your game and prevent stress during exams.

A healthy body means a healthy mind. Take care of yourself during the exam period by eating well, sleeping well and exercising regularly.

Exercise helps to oxygenate the brain and release tension, helping you to keep calm, mentally relax and study more efficiently.

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1. Take Breaks

You spend a great deal of time sitting at the computer or with your head in a book when revising for exams. You can’t revise effectively for excessively long periods, so take regular breaks to stay productive. A simple walk to the shops or a 20 minute gym session can be enough to help you clear your head so that you return refreshed to your studies.

2. Create routine

A balanced routine of work and play is essential during revision and exam time. It might feel like you’re too busy, but try to maintain a regular exercise schedule - aim to get active at least every other day for at least 20 minutes. 

Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good, reducing stress and helping you to get good night’s sleep - but avoid stimulating activity just before bed, to give your brain time to wind down.

3. What works for you

Plan your exercise during periods when you know you generally won’t study. Some people work better in the morning, some at night – if you plan your exercise around your study schedule then you won’t miss out on valuable revision time.

4. Active choices

If your exam is close to where you live, why not walk there instead of driving or taking the bus? A short walk before an exam will help you to relax and focus your thoughts.

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