STUDY SKILLS TIP FOR NOVEMBER – How To Stay Positive As Exams (or any challenging situations) Approach.
can be difficult to stay positive or “be up” as exams approach. The
more important we perceive the exam to be, the more stress we
can feel. While feeling some stress can be positive and help us get
motivated to study, we all have a tipping point. When our stress levels
reach our personal tipping point, this higher level of stress can lead
to inaction, where we avoid doing the work necessary
to be prepared and as a result feel even more overwhelmed. If not dealt
with, the stress can build and lead to anxiety and depression.
key to being positive and managing negative emotions such as anxiety
and feeling down and depressed in any pressure situation including
exams is to “fuel up”. It goes without saying that if we are exhausted,
tired, stressed, depressed etc. it is very difficult if not impossible
to deal with the pressure of exams. “Fuelling Up” is about boosting
wellbeing factors in your life. You need to boost
the wellbeing factors in your BODY, MIND and EMOTIONS.
Put your health first and eat healthily, exercise regularly and get
enough sleep. We all know what to do, but we need to make
the decision to prioritise our own well-being. Without the right fuel
you will feel exhausted and depleted and it is very hard to be positive
when you aren’t feeling your best.
To think more positively, challenge your perceptions. Write down your
top 5 fears and worries. What’s the worst thing that can
happen? How valid are these fears? Usually fears and worries are not
based on reality but on imagined scenarios that have little to no
evidence. If it’s something that can’t be changed bring acceptance to
it, but if it can be changed, take action.
To help yourself feel more positive every day think of 3 good things
that happened that day and how they made you feel. Also
take the focus off yourself and do 3 simple but deliberate acts of
kindness every day. It might be a kind word, a compliment, helping
someone or surprising someone with a kind act. You will be amazed at how
making other people feel better lifts your mood as
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