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Look After Yourself During Exam Season

How to look after yourself during exams

Looking after yourself is so important at all times! However, when you’ve got the added pressure of revising and sitting your exams, you can easily forget to take care of yourself.

It’s crucial to practice self-care to help you manage your stress, improve your productivity, and maintain your physical and mental health. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup!

We’ve put together some tips to help you make yourself a priority, avoid burnout, and make self-care a part of your exam routine.

1. Get a Good Sleep 

Being well rested is so important when you are revising for your exams. As part of your study plan, try to ensure you get enough sleep throughout this busy time. Resting well will help you feel your best.

2. Eat Well and Stay Hydrated

Yes, this is easier said than done, but the better you eat, the better you’ll feel. Avoid eating sugary snacks. Instead, choose options that give you longer lasting energy. Basically, don’t rely on chocolate to fuel you during the exam period!

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. You’ll notice a huge difference in your focus and energy levels. Keeping a water bottle by your side helps!

3. Keep Moving

A healthy body goes hand in hand with a healthy mind.

It doesn’t have to be complicated; go for a quick run or take a walk. Not only will some exercise give your brain a break, you’ll get your daily dose of vitamin D and some fresh air.

4. Don’t Use Your Phone Before Bed

It’s tempting. Hop into pyjamas, flip the lights off, crawl into bed and then … reach for your phone.

Did you know that being on your phone within an hour of going to bed makes you 3x times as likely to get less than five hours of sleep? (

The blue light emitted from your device will disturb your sleep. Make it a habit to leave your phone outside of your bedroom.

5. Plan Your Time and Take Breaks

Stepping away from your revision could be exactly what you need to be able to do your work more productively. It’s easy to think you’ll get it finished quicker if you just sit down and power through it.

However, taking regular breaks will actually help you more in the long run. Treat revision as a marathon, not a sprint.

Plan fun activities for your intervals. This will help refresh your mind and stay focused when resuming your studies. 

Remember to also treat yourself kindly during exam time. If you find this difficult, imagine you’re talking to your best friend and the advice and encouragement you would give them. 
Your best is more than good enough. Always try to remind yourself of that!