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How do you look after yourself during exam season?

Hello everyone :hello:
With Mental Health Awareness Week approaching, I'd like to know what you do to look after your Mental Health? Does anyone have any top tips for looking after yourself and unwinding during exam season?
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When I was doing exams at uni, I would minimise non-essential tasks as much as possible so I could have more time to wind down. I would switch to having ready meals rather than cook, kept cleaning to a minimum (i.e. just doing dishes), made sure I had healthy snacks stocked up in advance. I would also make sure to go somewhere else to study for at least part of the day so I could get some fresh air on my walk. If I got stressed, I would go out for a run and that helped loads to calm me down.

When on study leave, I let my circadian rhythm do its thing, which often meant I would be staying up to study until 2-3am (don't recommend this but I've always had more energy in the evening so I would maximise this by studying at night), but I would always let myself sleep as much as I needed - this meant getting up at 11, but so be it.

And, this was never planned, but if I ever started procrastinating, I would let myself do it for a while to give my brain a break and didn't allow myself to feel guilty for it. I always got through the revision I needed and passed my exams, so clearly this is what my brain needed.
During the run-up to my undergrad exams, I tried to make sure I spent some time in nature everyday. I'd do a loop of my college, which was about a mile walk or slightly less. Very scenic, got to see the ducks, and was good for the soul generally :colondollar:

Though I'm not good at following my own advice these days, I think getting outside everyday is good. Even if it's just to the shops down the road, or round the block! :smile:
Original post by black tea
When I was doing exams at uni, I would minimise non-essential tasks as much as possible so I could have more time to wind down. I would switch to having ready meals rather than cook, kept cleaning to a minimum (i.e. just doing dishes), made sure I had healthy snacks stocked up in advance. I would also make sure to go somewhere else to study for at least part of the day so I could get some fresh air on my walk. If I got stressed, I would go out for a run and that helped loads to calm me down.

When on study leave, I let my circadian rhythm do its thing, which often meant I would be staying up to study until 2-3am (don't recommend this but I've always had more energy in the evening so I would maximise this by studying at night), but I would always let myself sleep as much as I needed - this meant getting up at 11, but so be it.

And, this was never planned, but if I ever started procrastinating, I would let myself do it for a while to give my brain a break and didn't allow myself to feel guilty for it. I always got through the revision I needed and passed my exams, so clearly this is what my brain needed.


Thanks for your post- really good idea regarding having ready meals prepared/being stocked up with good snacks. Running is so good to relax the body and mind- sometimes I find it harder to want to do a longer run but I feel like even running for 10 minutes can have a similar impact :smile:
I 100% agree on the importance of sleep, I'm interested in the research about the type of light you have exposure to just before bedtime having an impact on quality of sleep- have you read about that? Anyway- thanks so much for sharing what you did at Uni during exam time
Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd
During the run-up to my undergrad exams, I tried to make sure I spent some time in nature everyday. I'd do a loop of my college, which was about a mile walk or slightly less. Very scenic, got to see the ducks, and was good for the soul generally :colondollar:

Though I'm not good at following my own advice these days, I think getting outside everyday is good. Even if it's just to the shops down the road, or round the block! :smile:

Thanks @The_Lonely_Goatherd :smile: Awwww- there are birds nesting in the local park at the moment and they are so nice to see- totally get that kinda thing being good for the soul! :loveduck: (just realised TSR has this emoji)
I take a nap when I've taken a lot of information in. Just one short nap a day refreshes me, so I can be ready to learn again :smile:
Original post by PileaP
Thanks for your post- really good idea regarding having ready meals prepared/being stocked up with good snacks. Running is so good to relax the body and mind- sometimes I find it harder to want to do a longer run but I feel like even running for 10 minutes can have a similar impact :smile:
I 100% agree on the importance of sleep, I'm interested in the research about the type of light you have exposure to just before bedtime having an impact on quality of sleep- have you read about that? Anyway- thanks so much for sharing what you did at Uni during exam time

Yep, a 10 minute run can be surprisingly helpful!

Do you mean the impact of blue light on sleep? I actually bought a red light bulb for my bedroom recently but I'm not really sure it has made a massive difference to my sleep. Natural light in the mornings over the past few weeks has made it infinitely easier to wake up in the mornings though!
Original post by black tea
Yep, a 10 minute run can be surprisingly helpful!

Do you mean the impact of blue light on sleep? I actually bought a red light bulb for my bedroom recently but I'm not really sure it has made a massive difference to my sleep. Natural light in the mornings over the past few weeks has made it infinitely easier to wake up in the mornings though!

Yes exactly that, I read something before about humans being built to sit around orange light at night time due to our ancestors sitting around fires.... not sure on the science but the theory makes sense to me...
The lighter mornings are so much nicer aren't they!

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