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How to Cope with Exam Stress and Stress Exhaustion

By now, you are half way through your exam period and it can be really difficult to not only cope with stress but also with stress exhaustion.  During my undergraduate degree, I was pretty fortunate to have my exams spread out over the two week period.  However, there was a time when I was unfortunate enough to have three exams in four days.

Very stressful but also very exhausting.

I was only in my second year of University and I didn’t handle it all that well.  By the time I got to my third exam I had lost all motivation and my mental energy was at an all time low.  Looking back now I would do things differently then I did in that week.  We don’t have a choice when we have to do our exams but we do have a choice in planning and how to recover quickly.

If you do have a lot of exams in a compressed time period, the most important thing is to decompress as quickly as possible.  There are a lot of ways to reduce stress (check out these 16 ways to reduce stress), but the important thing is de-stress as quick as possible so you can prepare for the next exam.

Since that time, what has worked for me is listening to music, watching something funny or reading a good book.  I can do that in a few hours and then be ready to face the next challenge.

Another thing you will want to make sure you are doing is getting plenty of sleep.  It is tempting to pull all-nighters during the exam period but it is really bad for mental energy levels as well as your exam performance.

Make sure you get plenty of rest and allow time to mentally recover from in between your exams.

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