7 Ways to Beat Stress During Exams

Updated on May 29, 2019
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Pursuing a rather tedious subject called law, Priya Barua still tries to find time to follow her passion for blogging.

Exams can be very taxing, especially if you haven’t completed the syllabus yet. Your whole body starts to feel the stress and you feel mentally and physically drained. So here are a few nifty tricks to get you refreshed for another study session.

Before you read this, I would like to very clearly state that I am no expert in the field of stress management. I am not a med student or a doctor or even a psychiatrist.

I have written this blog because the following techniques have actually helped me reduce my stress level. So hopefully, these techniques will also help you.

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De-stressing during the exams is very important.
De-stressing during the exams is very important. | Source

1. Morning Walks

During an exam period, you might feel that taking a walk is almost a luxury you cannot afford. But it is scary how much a walk can clear your mind and refresh your brain especially if you decide to go somewhere where you are surrounded by nature. You will feel much calmer when you return to your desk.

2. Waking up Early

I know you ‘studied’ till 3 in the morning, and waking up at 5 again to study is not possible.

First off, let me assure you have already forgotten everything that you ‘studied’ up until that point. Your brain requires sufficient rest at night, at least for a minimum of 6 hours. So go to bed at 11 and wake up at 5:30.

Yes, that early. And no, you don’t have to jump back to your desk. Get up, relax, go outside, drink a cup of tea and enjoy the sunrise. You will feel so calm and at peace. Getting up early is almost psychologically beneficial, and I have gained a lot from this simple habit. Take an hour to yourself to simply reflect on the things you need to complete, on how far you’ve come and then by 6:30, you should get down on the table for your morning session. Trust me, you will be surprised by the sort of difference this makes. Try this once, just once, and come back and tell me how you felt.

3. Zumba

Your study sessions should be broken up by moderate breaks. But in the middle, when you do take a long break, make sure you squeeze in some physical exercise. Now, most of you may/may not have your own exercise routine. But I don’t know how much you sweat or feel active after your work-out and whether or not you feel like you can study for another two hours.

Personally, I used to find exercise very boring. The same old sit-up, push-up, squats and…boring.

I discovered a wonderful thing which is a lot more fun and back-breaking than your normal exercise regime—Zumba. Zumba Dancing is, first of all, super fun - your entire body gets a fitness workout, you will feel intensely happy and active and it will calm your nerves because you will be too busy sweating and releasing endorphins.

I have posted the video for the Zumba work-out that I follow. It’s only a three-minute work-out, but you will be panting by the end of it.

Sleeping reduces stress levels.
Sleeping reduces stress levels. | Source

4. Sleeping

If you feel very, very stressed and nervous about your exams, then go to sleep. I am very serious. Sleeping will block out everything even if it is for a short while and will help reduce stress levels.

The time table I follow during study sessions:

Time
Activity
5:30 - 5:40 am
Yoga
5:40 - 6:30 am
Walk/Relax/Make DO-TO list
6:30 - 10:30 am
(1st session) Study/eat breakfast
10: 30 - 11:15 am
Zumba/Workout
11:15 - 1:00 pm
(2nd session) Study
1-00 - 4:30 pm
(Long break) Squeeze in an hour of sleep
4:30 - 4:45 pm
Yoga
5:00 - 7:00 pm
(3rd Session) Study/eat snack
7:00 - 7:30 pm
Zumba/exercise regime
8:00 - 10:00 pm
(4th session) Study/eat dinner
10:00 - 11:00 pm
Internet surfing/social media
11:00 - 11:30 pm
Get ready for bed
11:30 pm
Lights out
Remember to take moderate breaks during study sessions.
Sitting still in this position will help increase concentration
Sitting still in this position will help increase concentration

5. Yoga-Asana

Do this when you wake up, before you even brush your teeth. There is this technique of breathing through your nose where you inhale through one nostril by blocking the other with your thumb and exhaling through the other nostril while blocking the first with your pinky. You will be wide awake in seconds. There are also a couple of poses that increase concentration. No, yoga actually helps you do that: Sitting absolutely still (as pictured above) crosslegged, your back straight and breathing normally will enhance your concentration level.

6. Not talking to anyone

Strange? But it is true that if you talk to your friends over the phone, right before the exam (we all do that), you might end up getting nervous. It happens to me all the time. You will be reminded of all the things that you are yet to do, and this will make you even more stressed than you already are. So don’t talk to your friends before an exam, and if you do, try hard to stay from the subjects like Are you done with this? Have you completed it? And so on.

7. Self-motivating videos

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but the Internet has more to it than just social media. And there are tons and tons of self-motivating videos on Youtube. And do they help? Of course they do! My favourite Youtube channel for motivating and self-help videos is TED Talks. If you haven’t heard about TED talks, then you are living under a rock. But if you ask for my favourite all-time motivating video, then it is certainly the one I have posted below. Take a quick look to feel intensely motivated. I get goosebumps every time I watch it.

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      • sheikhfaridzulfiqar profile image

        sheikh farid zulfiqar 

        8 weeks ago from lahore

        Congradulation Priya it is wounder for me because i joined Hub pages just Eight days before but i did not write a single article many things i do not know i would like to some one guide me if you, i will be very thankful to you

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        Priya Barua 

        5 months ago

        @Alice - you give it a try and let me know it works for you.

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        Alice Mungwini 

        5 months ago

        Thank you very much Priya for the blog .I will try no to talk to my friends or classmates about the subject l am writing right before my exam.

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        kiri 

        5 months ago

        thank you so much Priya.Im going to try it soon

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        Don 

        5 months ago

        interesting

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        Archbold 

        5 months ago

        The best way to deal with stress during examination is to prepare in advance for your studies. If one prepares himself well in advance there is no room to have stress during exams. one must set aside reading time for each topic and revision time so that by the time the exams are due he/ she will be ready. I also feel that the seven ways are addressing the symptons and not the cause. it will be interesting to find out if can apply the seven ways to manage stress during exam and pass with distinctions without reading

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        Tony 

        5 months ago

        profound

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        Oscar 

        5 months ago

        thank you priya how about if you are a part time student

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        Mutsa 

        5 months ago

        Music does it for me!

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        Tomcat 

        6 months ago

        @Jane- Girl I agree with you! You will fail. Wasting time like this during exam time? My mother taught me better!

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        Priya Barua 

        6 months ago

        @Tadisa- thank you so much for your comment!! I’m really happy it worked out well fo you.

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        PRECIOUS 

        6 months ago

        COOL!

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        Jane 

        6 months ago

        Where are you from? I'm in Africa, I think these things do not work at all here.

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        Tadisa 

        6 months ago

        I really needed to try this out before I place my comment after reading your article three weeks ago. Well, i am glad to say, this works a hundred and one percent! It goes beyond beating exam stress to beating all kinds of stress. I tell you I managed to go through my exams very well, I feel like a million dollars now even at work with the work pressure, at home with all the chores and children needing my attention. I gather your blog was simply encouraging me to take it easy. Thank you so much Priya.

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        Priya Barua 

        6 months ago

        @RoB G; if prayer reduces anxiety for you, then go for it.

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        chipo 

        6 months ago

        eish after that short zumba exercise all l wanted to do was sleep? are you sure this works or l m not fit??

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        Rob G 

        6 months ago

        Very nice indeed. How about prayer, won’t it also help ease the anxiety?

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        Kupa 

        6 months ago

        thanks priya this is very very helpfull

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        Priya Barua 

        6 months ago

        @Maria : sleep is vital before a paper otherwise you will end up under performing!

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        Aj 

        6 months ago

        I was looking at the time table you posted and I m failing to work around it as I am a part time student any suggestions I can go round it?

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        Maria 

        6 months ago

        Sleeping during exams means you are ready! Please don't mislead me.

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        Priya Barua 

        6 months ago

        Thanks, @Olia and @mercy for dropping a comment.

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        mercy munonyara 

        6 months ago

        this was very helpful. thank you

      • Priya Barua profile imageAUTHOR

        Priya Barua 

        6 months ago

        Thanks @Patience Ajara

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        Olia 

        6 months ago

        I enjoyed listening to the motivational staff.It's very uplifting. I'll take risks and face my fears. Thank you

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        Patience Ajara 

        6 months ago

        This is very interesting Priya, I will definitely try these exercising technics.

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        Priya Barua 

        6 months ago

        Thanks for the comment @Samantha

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        Samantha 

        6 months ago

        Thanx priya this is so helpful

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        Priya Barua 

        6 months ago

        @ Tendayi; it's just a starting point. Feel free to explore further.

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        Priya Barua 

        6 months ago

        @Rosemary, go ahead!

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        Priya Barua 

        6 months ago

        @lighthouse, you made my day! I’m really glad that this post helped you.

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        Lighthouse 

        6 months ago

        This motivation video made me cry..i have found myself today. thank you so much. in fact...i have been stressed lately, not even because of exams but just life...but this article brought a smile to my heart and face somehow. thank you for sharing positivity.

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        Tendayi 

        6 months ago

        thank you for this information Priya,i have a question though. if i just follow the nostril yoga asana point there on no.5 is it enough or i need to search for more activities under yoga

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        Priya Barua 

        6 months ago

        Thanks for the comment.

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        mercy mercy 

        6 months ago

        helpful

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        Priya Barua 

        6 months ago

        No @Tapiwa, stress eating is bad!! Work out instead.

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        Tapiwa 

        6 months ago

        I cant even sleep during exams, I jus' feel like I have no time to sleep. All I do is eat and study fo hours and hours-are you sure if I over study I forget it all. Do you think eating all the time is even good for lowering exam stress hahahahahaha

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        Priya Barua 

        7 months ago

        Good luck, @Betina. Do let us know!

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        Betina 

        7 months ago

        Priya, I needed to read this especially given the fact that I have previously been stressed before exams. Now I can give this a try and definitely give feedback. I also want to say, watching motivational videos on youtube generally makes me feel better so yes! I'm positive it will help relieve me of exam stress and anxiety.

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        Priya Barua 

        10 months ago

        @Ethel; glad it helped you

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        Ethel 

        10 months ago

        Very helpful information thanks.

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        Priya Barua 

        11 months ago

        @Joseph; yes, that is probably a point I should've mentioned. Student activities help to take your mind off the stress!

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        Joseph Sauramba 

        11 months ago

        Thank you Priya for the tips of dealing with stress that you have highlighted. There are also contributing factors such as students especially first timers have difficulties in adjusting to their academic expectations, lack of educational funding and lack of study skills that will result in stress. I suggest that students may as well take old hobbies or join clubs in order to cope with these challenges.

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        Priya Barua 

        11 months ago

        @Thanks Shumirai for taking the time to comment! Best of Luck for your exams.

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        Shumirai 

        11 months ago

        Thanks Priya i could use these tips i have an examination in a few weeks and i am very nervous

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        Priya Barua 

        11 months ago

        It will @Florence

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        Florence 

        11 months ago

        I hope this will work for me as I have exam fear.

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        Priya Barua 

        13 months ago

        Sure it will help @Donell. Thanks for commenting.

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        Donell Muzerengi 

        13 months ago

        Thank you for the great tips there Priya Barua.Just hoping this is going to help me a lot as well with my friends too

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        Priya Barua 

        13 months ago

        That’s amazing, Arjun!!! Even I’m in a law school and it has really helped me.

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        Arjun 

        13 months ago

        The zumba dance helped my wife a lot now she is smiling again, a friend of mine went through your blog and encouraged me to look down to it so as to help my wife who is also pursuing a law degree, thanks!

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        Priya Barua 

        13 months ago

        @Simbarashe; that’s lovely to know!!!

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        Priya Barua 

        13 months ago

        @Keith, Absolutely! I make it a point to exercise regularly to keep fit.

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        Priya Barua 

        13 months ago

        @Chido; always happy to help!

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        keith madzo 

        13 months ago

        Exercising it is quite good as it makes you to relax ur brains and reduce the burden that u may be going through

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        Simbarashe Magadu 

        13 months ago

        I gave myself time to watch self motivating videos and tried not talk to my friends during my exam sessions,this really reduced my stress level and even feeling nervous.Thanks Priya Barua,this is so helpful hey.

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        Chido 

        13 months ago

        Hi, Priya thank you for the tips i have actually used a few tips like taking walks and it seems to help,will definitely encourage my colleagues to use the tips

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        Priya Barua 

        13 months ago

        Yes @Abel, the zumba is really going to help; appreciate for dropping a comment, thanks.

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        Abel 

        13 months ago

        Thanks Priya for the useful tips, i hope its really going to help me in my upcomimg exams especially the morning walks and zumba dance.

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        Nancy 

        13 months ago

        profound

        thanks

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        Priya Barua 

        16 months ago

        Exercise is very important @Vinodha. Thanks for taking the time to comment!!!!

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        Vinodha 

        16 months ago

        Thanks for reminding about exercise.

        Almost forgot about it.

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        Priya Barua 

        2 years ago

        Thanks @sejal

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        Sejal 

        2 years ago

        Amazing tips...thanks for the help ☺

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        Priya Barua 

        2 years ago

        Really glad that a professional approves of this post. These techniques are real stress busters. Helps me remain calm.

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        Abdelhakim Elbarsha 

        2 years ago from Benghazi/Libya

        Great tips! You concentrated more on physical preparedness to overcome exam stress, which is very essential and usually overlooked.

        I am used to teach my medical students how manage stress and I pay attention largely to physical aspects as you have nicely outlined.

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