To all those facing their final exams for this academic year, we wish you all the best and remember you need to be at your best to give your best. At with that in mind I’ve listed 5 ways to help you make sure you keep at your best and not panic when you are so close to the finish line.
Work hard, chill out harder. Organising and scheduling your timetable around your exams, routine and what works best for you will help you maximise your day. Make sure you focus on what you have planned for the day, week and month ahead so that when it is time to study you focus and make the most of it and when it is time to take a break you focus away from studying. Do not let the your study time and the breaks you need to take, intermingle, what I mean is don’t think about what you would like to eat or look at your phone or anything else that is not studying during your study period so that when it is your break, you will be able to enjoy your break and not feel guilty for not studying properly when you were supposed to.
Exams, as well as many other things you may have to study but might never use later on in life is a reflection of the adulting life you will later on face , which is doing things you don’t want to do but have to do. Such as paying bills, looking after yourselves, cleaning up, doing your own laundry, being responsible for the consequences of your actions, etc. One thing you should do, and you might not enjoy doing it but will reap the benefits of later on is meal prep. There are many of you living away from home and choose not to go back in order to focus on your studies, however that is no excuse for not eating well. While spending a little time preparing a home cooked meal you could at the same time make a larger batch and refrigerate and freeze for later on. In order to be at your best to make the most of your studies, you need to look after your well being, and the best way is by eating well. Days are getting longer and warmer therefore the fresh produce that is arriving is tastier and with more of a range. Any protein you are making, prepare or marinate double or even quadruple the amount, (whatever your budget) so that the next time you want to eat the preparations are done. This can be done with vegetable and even salads, buying whole produce are cheaper then ready made packs and if are already cutting and preparing a salad and side vegetable dish, preparing for a few more portions will take little time but will save a lot later on. Seasonings and dressings can also be made in larger quantities and mixed together on the day of use. Once you have mastered this skill, however simple it may be, this is one of the best ways off saving time whilst making sure you are taking care of yourselves no matter how hectic your life ends up. Whether you are working part-time, full-time, looking after kids, having kids, recovering from illness, have an intense long event coming up, prepping your meals is literally one of the kindest things you can do for yourself. So plan ahead to get ahead.
Another way to be your best is by making sure your body is looked after as much as your mind. I have mentioned this already but yoga is a great body stretcher, mind relaxer, purpose focuser (you get my drift), etc. It helps your posture which is strained by studying for long periods of time, it helps your mind zen out of hectic schedule and allows you to focus on your well being, reminding you again and again to ‘just breathe’. I simply love Sarah Beth Yoga sessions on YouTube, mainly because she has a variety of sessions ranging in the purpose of the lessons (to stretch, work out, practice a flow or strengthen a pose) and the length of the lessons (from 3 minutes to an hour). I find her voice very soothing (very helpful in aiding you to focus correctly) and she explains even the most complex positions very clearly, and for someone who always gets confused with her rights from lefts this is also a very important factor for me. The videos also consists of modifications for simpler or more complex moves and she caters for all, from beginners to experts. After my third child going to gym was too difficult for me and my posture always seemed to suffer the most after pregnancies, so I had started following Sarah Beth just for my posture, (she has around 3-4 posture videos alone) but after trying out her other videos I’m simply hooked, and yoga is a an exercise I looked forward to credit to Ms Beth. So whether you are taking a long break or just need to a quick stretch make sure you do just that, you can check out Sarah Beth’s videos by clicking on the link below, and the majority of her videos require little or no equipment at all. https://www.youtube.com/user/SarahBethShow
Studying can sometimes feel like its taking over your whole life, and you cant seem to see beyond it. But you have a life around it, and although sometimes studying does need to take priority, don’t let it take over every aspect of your life. Try and keep some of your daily activities even during this exam period, if you pray, meditate, have family and friend days, try and keep your commitment to those even if it means shortening the time dedicated to them. So if you usually spend a whole day with friends once a week but have a lot to study, maybe have a meal out with them, make sure the quality of time dedicated to your life outside studying is not compromised even if the time needs to be.
Focus on the end goal. What is the purpose of your studies? Not only is it a means to get where you want in life but your dedication and commitment is a lesson you can apply later in life time and time again. Anything worth achieving will need to be paid for in blood sweat and tears, anything less and you wont achieve what you set out for. Taking good quality breaks between studies helps you not become overwhelmed but whilst studying make sure you are giving it your all. Nothing lasts forever and exams will be over before you even realise they had begun, so will the hard work you have dedicated to studying, so make sure you spend the time wisely and efficiently you owe yourself that.
Reflect. Love. Heal
Brown Girl R.