The MUSE Guide to Exam Wellness
Most of us are accustomed to reading about coping with exam-related stress in relation to the “Big Three”: sleeping, eating well, and exercise. What we would like to share here are some other approaches to add to this knowledge of handling one of the most stressful times of the year.
Without further ado, here are some tips (to add to the tips you already know) on how to deal with stress during exam season:
Take A Break
Spending time doing things you actually enjoy can have the astonishing effect of taking your mind off of exams. It wouldn’t be advisable to spend the next seven hours bingeing on House of Cards, but it never hurts to take a short break to grab a snack or play some Xbox. You’ll get it done eventually, so don’t pressure yourself to get there!
Don’t Be Afraid to Have Fun
Studies have shown that letting loose can help to relieve accumulated stress. Well, we couldn’t actually find any definitive research to suggest this, but Thursday night at Stages never hurt anyone either. In exam season studying takes precedence, however fun is still permitted and, as mentioned above, it is always good to take a break when you need one.
If somehow you aren’t utterly broke, then taking some time off to go shopping- or even just window shopping- can be a great way to relieve stress. Many find the act of walking from store to store and trying on different outfits to be quite relaxing. You might be surprised at how many great options there are these days on Princess Street.
Get Plenty of Sunlight
Sunlight is good for more than just Vitamin D: it goes a long way to cheer a person up. That being said, good luck finding a Kingston day this time of the year that isn’t grayer than an erotic novel- it might be time to invest in that sun lamp you always wanted. Either way, taking that walk in search of the sun will at least help you to get some fresh air, which can also go a long way to boosting spirits and clearing your mind.
Talk to Someone
Maintaining mental health can be very difficult at this time of the year because of exam stress. You might be surprised at how good it feels to confabulate and talk about your stress with a friend or family member. There are also counsellors and other professionals available in the Kingston community and at Queen’s (you can call the university’s counselling services at 613-533-6000 ext. 78264 or find them at 146 Stuart Street in LaSalle, on the second floor).
With lots of love,
The MUSE team
Photography: Sophie Barkham