Indore: With Board and school exams are drawing near, students spend their most of time with books. While reading helps them in achieving their goals, it is also quite stressful for them.

Every student deals with stress in his/her own way. Sharing his insight and experience, 13-year-old student of class eight Guneet Singh Saini talked about flexibility in time table and healthy foods to remain stress-free.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

I always aim to do better than my last performance, setting high goals but such expectations and goals cause stress. Exams like to cause stress in my life, but now I try to trick my mind to consider exam as a game. When exam comes, my head feels like a frying egg. It’s an unavoidable part of my life that can be a tough nut to crack. Remember, stress exists for a reason, and I can choose to let it be my downfall or use it to drive you to improve my work. To combat exam stress, firstly I need to understand the reasons behind this heightened anxiety. Then, I can establish methods to reduce the pressures you feel.

What works for me in turning exam from stress to game are:

– Watch a film, a TV show or listen to a podcast or comedian that makes you laugh.
– I also take a shower or bath for the relaxation from pressure.
– Drink some herbal tea or a hot chocolate. It’s a well known fact that hot drinks are known to soothe the soul (avoid too much caffeine though!).
– I get some sleep. The virtues of a good night’s sleep during exam season should not be underestimated.
– I keep things in perspective. Yes, exams are important. But I am so much more than my exam results.
– Be flexible. While having a revision time table is one of the best tools in your arsenal for exam success, don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t stick to it. If I accidentally oversleep, don’t write the day off.
– Write down everything you feel like I need to do and try and tick one thing off. Just the act of feeling like I am in control of my revision that can help.

At the end I would suggest ‘Don’t stress, do your best, forget the rest’.
Guneet Singh Saini

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