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Alicia Saville

How Not to Get Depressed While Preparing for Exams?

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Alicia Saville, (2022, March 8). How Not to Get Depressed While Preparing for Exams?. Psychreg on General. https://www.psychreg.org/not-get-depressed-preparing-exams/
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The exam period can be a very stressful time for students. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and start feeling depressed. How can you write a good argumentative paper when you are sick and tired of the essays? But don’t worry, there are ways to cope with the stress and stay positive.

Here are some tips and strategies for staying upbeat during the exam period. Follow these tips and you will be able to ace your exams without getting depressed.

Understand that everyone deals with stress and anxiety in different ways

No two people are the same, so it stands to reason that not everyone will react to stress and anxiety in the same way. Some people may feel like they’re constantly on edge, while others may feel more withdrawn and introspective. 

Keep in mind that everyone deals with stress differently and there is no one right way to approach it. Some people may find that talking to others helps them deal with their anxieties while others may prefer more alone time. It’s important to figure out what works best for you and stick to it during this stressful time period.

One way to help get a handle on your stress is to keep a journal. This can be an effective way of venting all the pent-up frustrations and worries that come with exams. Writing down your thoughts can also help you to better organize them and see things from a different perspective. If you find yourself getting stressed out, take a few minutes to write in your journal – it could make all the difference. Self-assessment can help to see if you have signs or symptoms of depression.

Positive thinking

One of the most important things you can do is to stay positive. It’s easy to get bogged down in all the negative aspects of exams, but it’s important to remember that this is just a temporary phase. Soon enough it will all be over, and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your well-deserved break. So, try to stay positive and focus on the light at the end of the tunnel – you’ll get there eventually.

Avoid the perfectionist trap

One of the biggest pitfalls when it comes to exams is trying to be perfect. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you need to get every single question right in order to succeed, but this simply isn’t true. Everyone makes mistakes and there is no such thing as a perfect score. Just do the best that you can and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get everything right.

Get plenty of rest and exercise to help your body cope with stress

Another important tip is to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. It may seem like there’s not enough time to catch some zzzs when you’ve got exams to study for but skimping on sleep will only make things worse. When you’re tired, your concentration and focus suffer – which means you’ll have a harder time retaining information. Make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep every night so that you can be at your best when it comes to exams.

Exercise is also a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. In addition to getting enough sleep, make sure to get some exercise. Exercise releases endorphins which have mood-boosting effects and can help you feel better overall. It’s a great way to take your mind off things for a while and forget about all the stresses in your life. There’s no need to go crazy at the gym – even a light jog or walk can do wonders for your mental health.

There are also other relaxation methods that you can try to help relieve stress and anxiety. Some people find that practices such as yoga or meditation help them to calm down and focus. Others may prefer to listen to calming music or read a book. Massage can also be a great way to relax both your body and mind. Aromatherapy with lavender or chamomile essential oils can also be helpful. Find what works best for you and make time for it in your schedule – even if it’s just for a few minutes each day. 

Eat healthy foods to give your brain the nutrients it needs to function well

Eating healthy foods is important for keeping your brain sharp during exam time. Make sure you include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet. Also, try to avoid sugary snacks and drinks as they can make you feel tired and sluggish.

Make a study schedule and stick to it 

Creating a study schedule is also crucial for staying on track during exam preparation. Try to set aside a specific time each day for studying. And make sure to take breaks every once in a while to relax and rejuvenate yourself.

If you can stick to a healthy diet and study schedule, you should be able to get through the exam period without too much stress. Just remember to take things one step at a time and don’t try to bite off more than you can chew.  

Take breaks and allow yourself time to relax

Try to take some time for yourself during exam season. This may sound counterintuitive, but it’s important to give yourself a break from all the studying. Dedicate an hour or two each day to doing something that you enjoy, whether it’s reading a book, going for a walk, or watching your favorite TV show. This will help to keep your mind and body healthy and functioning at its best.

As mentioned before, it’s important to take breaks during your study schedule. This will help you stay focused and energized. And don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself occasionally. Watch a movie, go for a walk, or just hang out with friends. 

Talk to someone about how you’re feeling: a friend, family member, or therapist

It can be helpful to talk to someone about the stress you’re feeling during exam time. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or therapist, they can offer support and help you come up with strategies for dealing with the pressure. So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to reach out for help.     

An important thing to remember is that it’s okay to not be okay. You are allowed to have bad days and you shouldn’t beat yourself up for it. Just try to take each day as it comes and do the best that you can.

Stress and anxiety are natural responses to exams, but that doesn’t mean they have to control your life.  These tips may not work for everyone, but hopefully, they will give you a place to start if you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety.

Reward yourself

When you finally finish your exams, don’t forget to reward yourself! Celebrate your hard work with a special dinner, a weekend getaway, or even just some time off from school or work. Just make sure to take some time to relax and recharge so you can start preparing for the next round of exams.


Alicia Saville did her degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. She is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.


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